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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy upgrade to the PocketDab 1500, 4 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Pure Move 2500 Rechargeable Personal Digital DAB/FM Radio - Black (Electronics)
Firstly, I purchased the Pure PocketDab 1500 in December 2005 and have been pleased with it ever since. Since the Move 2500 release in August 2011 I was in two frames of mind, do I upgrade or keep my 1500? well, I went ahead and purchased one and guess what? best change of mind I've had in ages. If like me you already own the 1500, then you'll find upgrading to the Move 2500 would be a step forward then a step back. The battery life may only be 14 hours as compared to the 21 hours of the 1500, but that's because the battery in the 2500 is only 1000ma where the battery in the 1500 is 1800ma. But, the one thing that did surprise me is walking around Sainsbury's, where my 1500 would cut out and force me to switch to FM, and then the only station I could receive was a local one, the Move 2500 kept going on digital making the FM side more redundant. This is the very thing that once and for all convinced me that going from the PocketDab 1500 to the Move 2500 was a wise move.

The Move 2500 is smaller then the PocketDab 1500, holds on to the digital stations better then the PocketDab 1500, and is better looking then the PocketDab 1500 which to be fair, the design dates back to 2003 as the PocketDab is the same as the 1000, the only difference is the the type of battery, one used AA the other Lithium.

In a nutshell, if you already own the 1500 and thinking is it worth going for the 2500, then go for it, you won't regret it.

If you're one of those people who is thinking about buying a Pure personal digital radio, and you are unable to decide between the 1500 as it's so cheap now, or the new 2500? I would recommend you spend a few pounds extra and buy the 2500, not that the 1500 is bad, just that the 2500 is a lot better, and so it should be, as the 2500 is the first complete design and performance change since 2003, plus the Firmware can be upgraded (there has already been two since August, I've already updated mine).

At the end of the day, although I owned and loved my 1500 for six years, even though it is quite on the large side compared to other personal digital radios out there, up and till Pure released the Move 2500, the 1500 WAS the best out there, now with the 2500, things have got better, and keeps Pure in the number one position in the digital radio market.


I just found out how sensitive the tuner is on the Move 2500, hence the reason why it works in Sainbury's. While fiddling about with the FM side of this radio in my bedroom, not only could it pick up ALL the FM radio stations, it also picked up a station called AHBS CR. Not knowing what this station is I put AHBS CR into Google and it turned out to be the hospital radio station which is about two and a half miles away. I did the retune on my 1500 and not only did it fail to pull in all the FM stations, it didn't even pick up the local hospital one ether.

Forget about the price, forget about the other portable digital radios including the 1500, if you are wanting to buy a portable digital radio, the Move 2500 is now 1000% highly recommended.
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2012 08:07:47 BDT
K. Miller says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2012 13:07:58 BDT
B. T. Aris says:
I suggest you keep your sarcasm to yourself and delete your comment.

Posted on 24 Oct 2012 10:46:04 BDT
Bird says:
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Posted on 2 Dec 2012 16:49:46 GMT
Tony says:
Very good review apart from the 1000% bit. As we all know it only goes up to 100. ;-)

Posted on 3 Feb 2014 13:29:29 GMT
Mr. L. Bate says:
Excellent review! Just what I was looking for! I have the DAB1500 too and am thinking up upgrading to to 2500 now I have read your review! Thanks a lot :) Les

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 14:59:52 GMT
pj says:
No idea where this guy is listening to his dab but it must be the best place in the country as far as reception goes -- I'm in Glasgow and my 2500 loses reception if I enter my corner shop. FM reception is pretty poor wherever you are, volume below 20 is redundant battery life is about 5 hours at best listening at a reasonable volume of 30 . This review convinced me to buy but I would say it gives one lucky individuals experience and I have had a far less positive experience.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2014 15:17:58 BDT
Andrew says:
Well, it made me laugh...

Posted on 4 Feb 2015 10:46:28 GMT
MAC says:
Sounds like a decent review, who cares where someone listens to the radio!

Posted on 15 Feb 2015 05:56:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Feb 2015 13:33:52 GMT
Mr says:
I don't know if I consider a bit of extra reception an upgrade over battery life. I call an upgrade an improvement in sound. Or maybe better EQ. My 1500 receives OK in most places. What Hi-Fi have a slightly scathing review of the 2500 DAB reception.

Other aspects I'd want to know to call it an upgrade are the following.
Does it have more sensitive volume increases. The 1500 jumps up on volume in one place.
Does it have easier to manage rocker switch. The 1500 is work pushing back and forward and press to select, when whizzing about for a tune.
Can you trim stations you don't want, that you can retune later if you want back. Like I am never going to listen to Panjab, Sunrise, LBC, or Christian stations. On the 1500 I have to scroll past them though.

I mean your review doesn't say much to someone happy with the 1500. Don't get me wrong I am not being off with you. I am glad you have a digi rad you're really happy with. I bet I'd like better reception if I got it. Nothing worse that that horrid noise it makes when it's a poor signal.

Funnily enough What Hi-Fi still list the PocketDab 1500 as 'Best pocket DAB radio'. 'This is in the Best DAB digital radios to buy in 2015'. Maybe they got one with a weak reception. I have seen some negative reviews say replaced units had better reception.

Posted on 4 Apr 2015 17:56:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2015 12:55:04 BDT
Terry ph says:
Thank you for a very comprehensive review, everything I needed to know, I have now ordered, many thanks,.... The trolls will always be trolls, sad people......update..I have since ordered the Pure 2500 and have found it to be a superb pocket radio, I live in North Essex,not a brilliant reception area, but the little Pure locks on and holds the signal brilliantly, the one thing I would say is the earphones work well but there are better sounding ones out there, not expensive either.
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