Recently, I was given a Motorola XTS 5000 (Model 1) P25 radio to play around with. It has several local repeaters already programmed into it. It is set for "Mixed Mode", which will receive either a P25 digital signal or analog. All the local repeaters are also set for Mixed Mode.
Given that I can receive digital or analog, via a repeater that will pass digital or analog, from a transmitting station that can transmit digital or analog, and vice versa, what is the benefit to P25? What does P25 give me that my normal analog HT won't besides the ability to transmit digitally? Why would I want to?
Update: I understand that the P25 standard offers a substantial feature set that is very powerful. My question is more geared to the scenario where several hams are hanging out on the local repeater rag chewing. In that case, is there any benefit to using P25 over analog? In my limited experience, the voice quality seemed slightly inferior so I don't think there is anything to be gained there. Is there something else that I am missing?