Every year I rack my brains for ideas for my husband for Christmas, but last year I had a great idea since he was always moaning that we didn't have a radio in the kitchen that he could listen to in the morning, and a radio he could take out to the shed/garage when he was working at something. I did a bit of research and decided upon this Pure One Mi 2 Palm Size which I managed to get around £25, but I see it can currently be picked up for around £30 on the likes of amazon.
What attracted me to this radio at the time was the ability to make it portable, but buying the extra chargepak which I did last year as well, which meant not only did we not have to continually have this plugged in and using electricity but secondly, my husband could take it outside to use, without having to worry about plugging it in. The charge pack itself is just over £15 but I think it is well worth it.
This is a digital radio, which has FM as well. I don't claim to completely understand radios but my husband has a lot more patience than I do, and I know he was able to tune in to local as well as national radio, so even if they weren't available on digital at the time, we were still able to pick them up. On the front of this small radio, there is a little screen to tell you the radio station that you are listening to, which is a nice feature. The little display also tells you the time. I can't say that I tuned this radio myself but my husband had no problem last Christmas tuning it, so it seemed to be easy enough.
In terms of being palm size, I think that is slightly misleading as it is bigger than palm, and isn't one that you could just slide into your pocket, although at the same time it doesn't take up a lot of room on the kitchen shelf.
THe other important basic thing is that I find the sound pretty good for such a small radio. Obviously if I am cooking and have the fan on, or the microwave going, I wouldn't hear it as well, even at top volume, however, we tend to have the radio on in the morning at breakfast time, and my husband takes it when he is doing some painting in a room or out to the garage if he is working at something and he finds the sound quality very good.
Last month after almost a year of use, this pure one mi 2 radio stopped working one day and for that day my husband could not work out the problem. THe next day he turned it on again and it has worked fine since, so I don't know it that was just a blip and I hope it was but in general we have been very pleased with this radio and it has done what we wanted and in particular what my husband wanted one for. So it was a good Christmas present for him, even with that one strange blip!
Pure ONE Mi 2 is a palm-sized digital and FM radio with clear LCD display and the latest technology that helps to reduce power consumption. If you haven't listen to digital radio yet start with Pure ONE Mi and enjoy easy and wide station choice with clear crisp high quality sound. With optional rechargeable PURE ChargePAK A1 you can take your radio anywhere you want and need.