What makes the radio noteworthy are:
- Small size
- 30 watts out
- I/Q out
- Built-in sound card
- Built-in antenna tuner
- General coverage receive, 300kHz to 500 MHz
- Transceive on all ham bands between 160m and 440 MHz*
- Bluetooth control-able via a smartphone app
* 7000-7200 kHz and 3500-3900 kHz on 40/80m, ie not full phone coverage on those bands
I don't see a way to tune the radio other than with the pushbuttons (awkward) - maybe the app simplifies this. If so, this one "feature" neutralizes all the others IMO. Free apps are nothing more than data-mining devices.
Over the years, I've owned several of the drones produced by DJI, a Chinese company. It has only recently come to light, not that the app necessary for flight is used for data mining, but the extent of just what data - and how much of it - is sent back to the Mother Ship. The app, DJI Go, is absolutely necessary to fly these drones as it allows a smartphone to interface with them to present in-flight data and video.
But we know we are not flying the drones privately - Big Brother sees all. George Orwell had a Chinese brother - who knew?
I hope I'm wrong about this radio and that there is a way to operate it independently of a smartphone app. More about the radio can be found here.