There is no doubt that we are living in the future. Technology is proving us a lot and improving daily to serve the best luxury and comforts. Now among the all fancy gadgets that we have today, there is something that we should appreciate that was one of the most significant innovations of the humankind.
Yes, that is the radio, a simple but quite useful technology that changes the whole process we transfer information from one side of the world to another. We do have the more improved version of this technology now although the importance of a portable radio is still there. Because of its simple use and easy control, people still buy and regularly use it for various purposes.
Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio
A vintage looking radio that serves well in all situation. There is both FM and AM channel available on this radio. Frequency range is AM: 530-1710kHz FM: 87.6-108MHz.
The 3.5mm headphone jack will take any standard smartphone headphone or external speakers. There is no need for a headphone adapter. The headphone jack is located under the volume knob. But it only provides one ear (Mono Sound), but it shouldn’t be an issue if you don’t use stereo. Also, there are nice features where the speaker is deactivated when an earphone is connected.
According to the manufacturer, four AA batteries will last up to 80 hours of radio playback. The AC cord can be stored in the side compartment when not in use.
A built-in LED indicator is a bonus so you can tune precisely even in the dark environment.
The 3 5/8” (92mm) speaker produce a range of sound varies from high to low frequencies. Although it is a mono speaker, it is fine for basic use.
It weighs around 1lb 14oz (848g) with 4 batteries. So it can be considered a light, portable gadget. Also, it’s ultra-compact design makes it easily fit into shirt or jacket pocket.
Sony ICF-F10 Two 2 Band FM/AM Portable Battery Transistor Radio
It is very simple and basic in design. There are just two tuning and volume knob at the front. Also, there is a three position switch which is used to switch between the AM and FM functions.
There is a headphone jack which supports standard 3.5mm headphone. The headphone plug supports mono sound only, so an one ear headphone will be idle for this radio.
Because of it’s compact and portable size, it weighs only between 1 and 2 pounds. Which is considerably light comparing other portable radio in the market. It comes with a ferrite bar telescopic swivel antenna that can be adjusted to get even more reception.
It comes with a cheap looking plastic strap, but you will probably end up not using much because the radio is compact enough to grab hold of and carry in your hands or pocket.
Sangean PR-D18BK Portable Digital Radio
A quality made product from a well known and aged company called Sangean. This cute little radio is capable of providing an impressive performance. This is truly a portable radio being small in size at only 6.54” long and standing 4.26” tall. It weighs only 12.5 ounces. This radio is available is 4 different color, which is unique and attractive. Those awesome color options give you a bit more flexibility to choose from.
This radio can run on AC power although the power adapter is not included. But it can also power up with 4 AA batteries(Not included) which give you complete freedom of using this at anywhere you want. The battery last for days
There is a small LED display where you can see the status of the radio and change all the settings. The LED screen also comes with backlight. So there is no issue when using at night. There are some buttons located at the front of the radio, which help to change the setting and functions of the radio.
It also has a button to lock the other button to prevent inadvertent button press.
This tiny radio performance well regarding radio playback in the various channel. You can save up to 10 radio stations with a touch of a button. It comes with a built-in antenna, which provides a good range and clear reception.
It does not do too bad in sound quality. The small speaker is loud enough to satisfy you. The radio will ensure clarity and bass punch in this light and compact body. One of the best features of this Sangean radio is having a headphone jack with stereo support. Which is great, because you can just use you latest headphone and get the super quality crunchy sound from this device.
Sony Walkman Digital Tuning Palm Size AM/FM Stereo Radio
This is one of the best selling product from Sony. It is simply a classic radio, which is super-compact and quite comfortable to use on a daily basis. It weighs only 1.1 pounds so carrying it in your pocket is no issue at all. Also, the simple and vintage looking design helps with the usability and functionality.
This radio combines with DX technology, which provides excellent reception from a wide range of AM and FM stations. This also ensures clarity on sound as well as excellent stereo output through the headphone plug.
This superb radio runs on a single AAA battery which provides almost 60 hours of use. So it is truly a brilliant regarding power consumption.
The radio frequency range is AM: 530-1710kHZ and FM: 87.5-108MHz. So you have all covered on anywhere you go. The built-in Ferrite Antenna will work well for AM stations, and the headphone cord will work as an antenna for FM stations.
Crane CC Pocket AM/FM and NOAA Weather Radio with Clock
This radio is very popular and considered to be a great device. It is a Walkman-style radio, so initially, it was intended to be used with earbuds. But there is a small speaker which is convenient to get the news updates when needed.
This radio includes dual AM mode also NOAA weather alert, which allows you to set the radio to alert you when an alert message is issued by the weather department. This life-saving features could be a lifesaver when needed. The AM-FM performance with local stations is clear and supports a wide range of frequencies.
There is five one-touch memory presets for quick tuning. The controls are very easy to navigate. There is a small LCD backlight display so it can be used in dark.
The size of this radio is super compact weighing only 4 ounces. So you can just hide it in your pocket when you go traveling.
There is also a clock and sleep timer built in. The LCD panel shows the battery strength, time or radio station as well as reception strength.
Sony SRF- 59 AM/FM Radio Walkman
Another compact, inexpensive quality portable radio by Sony. This is very well made radio, which offers brilliant performance. If you are into sports or music than this little device can keep you busy for hours.
You can take it anywhere. Thanks to this compact design and lightweight construction weighing only 12.8 ounces. It comes with a belt clip so you can just tie to your belt and forget about it. It delivers a great listening pleasure.
This radio runs only on a single AA battery which is great because if you are heading for a camp or in a situation where power connection is hard to find then you can just carry some spare batteries, and you will still be able to get yourself entertained.
It comes with a quality headphone which is not the best in class but remembers. You can just get another headphone if you like or just your smartphone’s headphone.
The belt clip is sturdy enough to grip in your belt and lets you wear this Walkman device during activities.
There is two colors choice available. You can either get a black or a silver addition. Both of the colors will suit your needs.
Panasonic RF-2400 AM/FM Radio
Panasonic has been one of the leading manufacturers of electronic gadgets for ages. I had to include at least one of their top of line portable radio. This particular model radio is very functional and compact. It also comes with a few basic useful features.
There is big dial panel on the side of the radio for easy tuning to AM/FM stations. Also, there is a 4” dynamic speaker for crystal clear audio. It also supports a headphone which is not included. But it is 3.5mm plug so almost any headphones nowadays can be used.
The radio can be operated on both AC connection and battery power. The 110v AC power cord is included. Otherwise, 4 AA batteries are needed to power this up.
It is not the smallest in my list, but it weighs comfortable about 3 pounds. It comes with a handle so transporting is easy.
This Panasonic radio is very well constructed. It has a silver metal net on the front speaker, which gives it an old school look. Overall the design is very practical therefore very easy to use. The big dial on the front is useful when changing radio stations.
Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio
I am bringing a lot of Sony Products in this list. That’s because Sony is one of the best brands on the market who we trust. Also, Sony produces quality tech devices which serve in a various platform. So, on this ICFP26 Sony did the same. The have built a compact and slim AM/FM radio which is perfect to carry anywhere. This radio is quite cheap in price but has a few quality features to impress you.
This Sony Radio is only 5.9 ounces (Approx 190g with batteries) and under 6 inches long. So it is considerably lighter and slimmer than most of the other radios. It has a built-in speaker that delivers excellent sound at least enough to keep you entertained while you travel.
Otherwise get a headphone then you are ready to go because it has a standard headphone plug.
This radio runs on 2 x AA batteries which are convenient. Because of this batteries so easy to find and last pretty well. There are a LED tuning indicator and a LED battery status indicator which tells you the remaining life of battery.
Overall this nifty product is great. You can use rechargeable batteries. And having the stereo features enables you to use stereo headphones so you can hear it in both ears.
The FM antenna is 14” long, which extend the range of FM signals. It performance well on AM channels too. This radio is ideal if you are far from the radio tower.
Well, a few is lacking of the features like no preset buttons or no Bluetooth connection and AC power support. Because this radio is so inexpensive, I wouldn’t worry about those at all. You get what you pay for, and this gadget is capable of serving to your needs.
Jenson CD-490 Sports Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio
This stylish and portable Audio device is one of the biggest in size on my list. I wanted to include this one because the features you will get for the price is a steal. This unit comes with a top loading CD player as well as AM/FM radio capabilities.
The top loading CD player is CD-R/RW compatible. The are even more on audio department. It has headphone and auxiliary input jack so you can play your favorite music straight from your MP3 player and iPod.
As you can see, design wise Jenson did an amazing job. They have several colors available which are beautiful. Personally, I like the red and black combo because it looks elegant and very stylish. The two nice big speaker makes the radio quite attractive.
Jenson CD-490 weighs around 3.4 pounds which is not too bad. Heavier weight helps to increase life and can contain bigger radio parts.
The headphone jack supports stereo so any high-quality headphone can be used. Also, the speakers play decent quality sound. There is no deep base although it gets better if you have a good reception.
The control of the radio is very simple. There is hardly any digital control so it makes a great plug and play gadget for technologically challenged people. Just connect the radio to AC power then start enjoying your favorite music.
But this one is more indoor type portable radio which provides excellent audio experience.
Simpowel V8 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with FM, NFC, and Built-in Battery
This is a portable Bluetooth speaker/radio with a lot of other features. The elegant compact design and easy operation make this speaker one of the best in this list.
The best thing I would say about this one is the price and the sound quality. It is quite cheap, but in features, it delivers excellent performance. Its powerful 9W speaker delivers a full-spectrum audio at any listening level. There is also a built-in Mixinno F class digital high-performance amplifier enhances the audio experiences even further.
The speaker also comes with Bluetooth, SD card, USB support and NFC connectivity which is latest and help you to play music from almost any other devices you want.
It has a very simple control, just a few buttons at the top. It can be used to change music or auto-tune the radio stations. FM radio channel picks up nicely. But you may plug an AUX cable into the 3,5mm headphone plug to strengthen the reception.