I just wrote the review below about a Baofeng UV-3R. I thought it might get a smile or chuckle if you read my first sentence. Here's a link to a picture of the radio: http://www.409shop.com/409shop_product.php?id=106027&usercat=2205
"I got a UV-3R in the newly availalbe blue color. It arrived at about the same time the new "Smurfs" movie came out. So at the next ham meeting I was showing everyone my new "Smurf Ham radio". I can echo most of the comments in the reviews below.
The lowest you can turn the volume down is still too loud. I like to monitor the local repeater on a low volume, but this radio won't go low enough. There are mods on the Web to fix this. I found a ham who has a UV-3R and had put together a great resource of links for mods. His site is www.brickolore.com
The radio comes with two antennas, one for V and one for U. I sprung an extra $10 and bought a 7" dual band antenna from 409shop.com when I bought the radio.
I didn't buy the programming cable/software and didn't find it too hard to manually program it. Have gotten good reports on audio and have no problem getting into the local repeaters. After playing around with it for a couple of weeks I now have it in the glove compartment of my wife's car. That way I have a good standby radio if we are out and about and I didn't bring my Yaesu VX-7R with me. I'm in Indiana and you never know when severe weather might pop up.
I will take exception with one comment in a review. Another reviewer said that this radio would be a good starter radio for a new ham. I disagree. Yes, it is inexpensive....but who knows how reliable it is? I would reccomend a bottom of the line single band Yaseu FT-270 for around $130 for a new ham. The Yaseu (plus Kenwood and Icom) have the correct repeater offset hard programmed. The UV-3R doesn't. New ham might make a mistake and put the wrong offset in. Plus the UV-3R might break down. Stick with the major brand for your main HT, get the UV-3R for back up."