I spent the day yesterday playing with the Icom and SH handhelds on a course with Tec Rec
I'd been meaning to do the DSC thing for ages and finally organised it with days to spare before the new syllabus comes in. Tec Rec have a good setup by the way, with lots of modern kit and are a RIBnet trade member too
There seems to be very little to choose between the two handhelds. The user interface on both of them is pretty basic, think Garmin 12xl but not quite as good. The Icom is a bit more intuitive, but the quirks of the SH don't take long to master and the display is clearer as it doesn't lose lots of space to the soft keys.
The channel preset feature on the SH is a winner for me though as it makes selecting the channel you want really simple, without having to scroll through all the unwanted channels. This far outweighs the slight differences in menu structure for me, and is something I use pretty much every time.
Disappointingly neither of them has any way of attaching a lanyard which seems to be a major omission.
I've always liked Icoms, but have ended up buying Standard Horizon as they are better value and I've never regretted it. I was expecting to be tempted by the Icom this time, but it looks like I'll be staying faithful after all.