My first portable was a GE Voice Commander converted to 2-meters. I called it the UNhandie-talkie, or UHT.
It had an 18" telescoping antenna that is not apparent in this photo. The bottom half was the case for the twin 7.5 volt battery pack. These batteries were normally in parallel for 7.5v to the RCVR, but were switched in series by the PTT for 15v to the XMTR. This thing was about 6"(W) x 10"(H) x 1 1/4"(D). To operate it you had to hold it in both hands and press the big black PTT button with BOTH thumbs. VERY UNHANDY! I don't have this one any more.
Here are the HT's I currently have:
Drake TR-22C -- 12 sets of crystals, a fresh set of ni-cads, and I do still use it.
Kenwood TH-21AT -- still my favorite HT.
Sure wish I had the tone board for it.
Alinco DJ-180T -- my workhorse
rugged and reliable, super easy to program
Yaesu VX-1R -- my first dual-bander
It's proven rugged and reliable. The 1/2 Watt output gets through surprisingly well.
Still, its tiny size feels awkward in my hand and I consider it little more than a toy.
Wax-On KG-UVDP-1 -- my cheap way into a dual-bander with power.
I've used it a few times, but I'm not convinced of it's ruggedness or reliability.
Super hard to program manually in the field. (I don't attempt it.)
When I use it, I carry the VX-1R and the DJ-180 as backups.