Motorola is the most popular brand of video baby monitor at the time of writing.
Here, I will give you as much information as possible comparing two models at different ends of the spectrum: the Motorola MBP36 - the 3.
5" screen model and the MBP28 - the smaller model with a 1.
Both models offer color video screens.
This smaller model only came to the US market earlier in 2012, whereas the MBP36 has been around since about July 2011.
Although the Motorola MBP36 and MBP28 have many similar features, they are actually like chalk and cheese.
The MBP36 is more for "fixed" use, meaning that the parent unit is quite bulky to carry around so you are more likely to put it on a bench near you.
It doesn't come with a belt clip.
The smaller MBP28 however, has a more portable parent unit which comes with a belt clip, so you can carry it around the house with you.
The other big difference is the quality...
and you get what you pay for.
The MBP36 is almost twice the price and you would expect more for your money.
This comes in the form of a larger screen, but more importantly a much higher quality video and audio signal.
The battery also has a longer charge and there are various extra features.
Comparing Sizes The MBP36 is Motorola's top of the range video baby monitor with a sturdy, rugged design and a screen similar in size to an iPhone.
It is a little thicker than an iPhone (one customer likened it to the thickness of a man's wallet which may be a bit subjective, but I'm sure you know what I mean).
So the larger model isn't something you could easily carry round with you.
The screen on the smaller MBP28 is almost square and measures 1.
Although more portable, it still comes with a stand for your table or desktop.
Audio and Video Reception Quality The MBP36 comes with the most advanced 2.
4Ghz FHSS radio technology resulting in a crisp clear video image and an audio signal most unlikely to suffer interference from other wireless gadgets in the house - such as a router for example.
You have 64 wireless channels to select from if you have a lot of wi-fi equipment.
The smaller MBP28 does not come with this advanced wireless technology, but uses 1.
8Ghz DECT technology which is a little older.
You are not guaranteed as strong or reliable a signal compared to the MBP36.
Nevertheless you have 10 channels to select from for the best transmission quality.
Consumers have reported that the video quality is quite poor - particularly the infrared night vision.
Battery Life - May Be Your Deciding Factor The parent unit on the MBP36 has a much longer battery life.
You would be able charge it overnight while you are asleep, and rest assured that the battery will last you throughout the day during baby's sleep times.
Since you are not likely to leave the video display on for the whole time, you can expect the battery to last up to 7 hours.
This period will be reduced depending how long you leave the video display on, however.
Being smaller, the parent unit on the MBP28 will remain charged for up to 5 hours as long as you don't use the video function.
If you do, the battery life is reduced substantially - possibly less than three hours.
Camera Features With the MBP36, you are able to remotely pan, tilt and zoom the camera in the baby's room from the parent unit.
This feature is not offered on the MBP28.
Monitor Range The MBP28 will pick up a signal up to 490' (149m) away.
The MBP36 can pick up a signal as far as 650' (200m) away.
In both cases, you will have a better range if there is less interference from thick walls, other wireless devices and the like.
Noise Level Alert The MBP36 monitor has 5 lights on the parent unit which shine more brightly as the volume in the baby's room increases.
This visual alert is handy if you wish to turn off the audio signal when you are asleep at night or if you are in a noisy environment where you cannot hear the monitor easily.
These features are similar
- Both monitors have an "out of range" alert which is not featured in the other popular brand of video monitor by Summer Infant.
- Both monitors have two way communication so you are able to talk with your partner in the other room or pacify your little one through the monitor.
They both will play lullabies: the MBP36 has five and the MBP28 has three pre-programmed lullabies.
- Both monitors have infrared night vision, but consumers report that the night vision is quite inferior with the smaller model.
- Extra Cameras: Both models can handle up to 4 cameras in total so that you are able to place cameras in different rooms of the house.
- Both models come with a wall mount for the camera and the ability to stand the parent unit up on a bench top.
The smaller model has the bonus of a belt clip, not provided with the MBP36.
- Both monitors provide a display of the temperature in baby's room.
As the old adage goes "you get what you pay for".