Your next mission-critical radio should be from the APX platform even if your existing radios are all XTS or XTL series. APX has the capability of P25 Phase II TDMA if and when your agency must upgrade. The XTS 3000 was introduced in 1996 and the upgraded XTS 5000 debuted in 2002 – a long time for microprocessor-based electronics. Although there has not been any announcements from Motorola regarding the XTS/XTL cancellation, it could be as early as next year.
There are a few things to know about adding an APX radio to a fleet of XTS radios. The battery attaches to the bottom of the radio like the old Sabers. There are four APX battery sizes and they get longer as the capacity increases. IMPRES smart automatic reconditioning is standard.
Energy efficiency has improved with APX so you may not need the larger batteries as compared to the XTS series. Our local customers prefer the PMNN4486 3,400 mAh smaller battery that is standard with the APX 7000 and an option on the APX 6000. The PMNN4486 will power an APX 6000 between 12-14 hours before needing a charger. Higher-capacity, 4200 mAh batteries are available making the radios a couple inches taller.
You can still use IMPRES tri-chemistry single unit or 6 bank chargers with adapter inserts. XTS compatible 12V DC vehicular chargers will need to be replaced with the NNTN7624. Also, the side audio accessory connector is not compatible meaning you will need new direct-wired remote shoulder microphones and other surveillance accessories.
You will find the APX series with the improved specifications, color displays, and improved audio quality worth the investment. It will be the new standard of choice for military, police, firefighters, and EMS for a long time.