How do I Choose the Best Two-Way Pager?

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Unlike other types of pagers, two-way pagers allow individuals not only to receive messages, but also to send them. Choosing the best two-way pager usually involves carefully considering the size of the screen on the pager as well as the size of the keyboard and its keys. Selecting a two-way-pager with a suitably sized screen and large enough keys can prevent unnecessary squinting and minimize the issue of hitting the wrong keys when sending a message. When selecting a two-way pager, you may also look for one that has an anti-glare, backlit display that will make it easy to view messages in all types of lighting. Likewise, you may prefer a model that has a sturdy construction and is unlikely to break easily.


The size of the display screen may prove important when you are trying to choose the best two-way pager; a pager that is too small may make it difficult to read the messages you are sending as well as those you receive. Likewise, you may prefer to choose a two-way pager model that includes a backlit screen. This feature may make it easier for you to read your messages if you are awakened by a page at night, have to read messages on an overcast day, or are attempting to send messages in a dimly lit room. Sometimes, however, bright light may cause an issue as well. As such, you may do well to choose a two-way pager screen that is also resistant to glare.

The size of the keyboard on a two-way pager may also play a major role in how satisfied you are with your selection. Some keyboards and keys are too small and make it difficult to send messages. In such a case, you may inadvertently touch unintended keys when you are creating messages. While two-way pagers don’t usually have very large keyboards, you can find some that are larger than others.

Before you choose a two-way pager, you may also do well to read some reviews to learn how likely a model is to break if dropped or bumped. While you are unlikely to intentionally drop or bump your pager, accidents do happen. Reviews may include information from a user who has dropped his pager once or twice. Such reviews may help you gauge whether or not the pager is unsuitably fragile. Learning this, and other details, about a pager ahead of time may help you avoid making an unsatisfactory purchase.


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