I have just installed a new FT-1500A in my car and it is the best, toughest, most feature laden radio of the 3 I believe. I also was extensively comparing these radios that you are considering. This radio is made of solid metal and is like a brick. The audio is nice and loud, has features that are frequently found only on more expensive gear, has a very bright display and appears to be bulletproof! I love this thing and would buy it again in a flash, in fact, I may buy another one for inside the house. And the price is oh so right, it is frequently on sale for $160.00, and I don't believe that you can beat that. Email me direct at: KC8JDI@arrl.net
if you have any deeper questions about this rig, it is a very, very nice radio.