The early versions of Anytone radios were, well, kinda crappy. Things have changed, thanks to guinea pigs called ‘hams’, who sorted out the many bugs. The latest firmware and PCB revisions took care of most flaws.
Now Anytone radios are so good that many other manufacturers use their design. In most cases they just relabel the radio, but others try to make something more original. The quality of all these radios is about the same, with one notable exception: Alinco. This manufacturer perfected the Anytone designs before they started selling their latest VHF/UHF radios.
China Dull Syndrome
‘Most Flaws’ I said earlier. There’s one flaw which seems as hard to eradicate as malaria: dull sounding microphones. No highs, no lows, way to little punch. Many HTs suffer from the same China Dull Syndrome. So far Alinco is the only brand not suffering from this.
PLEASE, Chinese manufacturers, start supplying BETTER microphones with your radios!
The Anytone AT-5888 (dual-band) family
Same PCB, but with a slightly different, refreshed look: Yanton (no model number given).
Bottom line: I now feel comfortable enough to recommend buying one of these radios. Finally.