IMHO loads better!!
Lithium-ion battery, longer standby, no problems with battery management.
Faster charging 5hrs against 12hrs.
Semi inteligent charger, knows when battery is full so the light goes out.
If the battery has more than about 80% still in it the charger will not charge it so you can never cook your battery.
You can add an extension Speaker mic.
Also is the chosen and standard radio of HMGC, Fisher Protection, Irish CG, Irish Navy, large use with in the Royal and Merchant Navy.
Loads of Powerboat instructors use it oh and that nice Jon Brooks bloke has one too
Hope that helps