Upon purchasing a new TV from Comet, after our old one went up in smoke (literally!), we were given the Casio TV-970 free with our new TV. I wasn't particularly familiar with hand held TV's, infact I didn't even know they existed until receiving this, so I was intrigued to give it a try. I remember it came packaged in simple clear plastic that you had to cut through with scissors, and not in a box as you might expect. Before we could test it out though, the batteries did need to be charged. This does come with rechargeable batteries, but beware they only tend to last about half an hour before running out again! It does have DC output which might be more practical, however not so if you wanted to take this away on holidays and trips which is what it's designed for.
There is an antennae to help tune the signal, and surprisingly it gives a pretty good picture (but only with a good power supply). There is channels 1-5 which you can change by pressing the button on the front so all in all it would be a good thing to take away with you, especially if there was an episode of Eastenders you didn't want to miss whilst camping...
There is a fold-out piece of plastic on the back which acts as a stand. This means it can stand up on it's own without the need for it to be held by the user, which is again helpful if you are struggling to get a signal because of your location.
At around half a pound in weight, this a fairly light device. As the antennae folds down when not in use, it would also be easy to pack if you wanted to take this away with you. Although, it doesn't come with any protection against the elements or pets or children, so you may want to consider packing it somewhere safe as not to damage it.
There is a speaker on the top of the device, which although is quite small, does provide ample decibels. It certainly isn't as loud as a normal telly, but would do if its just you watching. However, it is best to keep it at a medium volume so you don't run the battery down. The volume can be adjusted using the scroll button on the side of the device. There is also a headphone jack which is ideal if you take it somewhere like on a train, this way you don't disturb anyone!
In terms of picture quality, the screen is a 2.3 colour LCD screen which is pretty tiny in relation to the size of the whole device, nevertheless it serves its purpose. The overall picture quality certainly isn't of HD standard, yet it's not a black and white 1950's style either! The screen's brightness can also be adjusted using the scroll button on the side. The device gives its optimum picture quality when fully charged and with a good signal.
So overall, would I recommend these? For trips away from home, or even to watch the TV in the kitchen whilst cooking without having to shell out for a new TV, then yes why not. If you wanted to buy one of these, they retail at around £16 on Amazon, but can be found for as little as £5 on eBay... not bad for a telly! As they are very easy to operate, they would suit Grandma as much as the kids. I haven't seen many of these handheld TV's for sale, however they are a great asset to any home or camping trip.
Well call me sad, but I do like to keep up with Coronation Street, and this is not easy to do from a campsite. With this little TV, however, it's not a problem. The 2.5" screen is ample for a decent view of what is going on, and the sound quality is excellent. The picture reception is of course dependent upon the signal strength in the area, but I have found that in some areas you can even get away without extending the aerial. The tuning works via a left/right button which scrolls through the available channels. Mercifully the sound silences while this is going on so you don't get deafened by the snow sound. There is no colour adjuster, but the brightness can be varied. The four AA batteries keep it going for around 4.5 hours, and add to the weight of the unit, but there is a stand to enable the TV to be perched on a desktop for easy viewing. My understanding is that the battery life for this unit exceeds that of comparable products. For car journeys it is possible to buy an adaptor to run the unit via the car battery. So there are no gaps in my Corrie knowledge, I can follow Wimbledon daily and I know how Schumaker is getting on during the F1 season.