As others have said, the Baofeng is OK for the price, but it isn't truly comparable to more expensive sets. They do work though, so long as their limitations are understood; I've been using a UV-82 for some time now and it's been fairly successful (best DX has been Win Hill in the Peak District, to Hull, some 70 miles on the standard Baofeng antenna - height may have helped me here though hah hah!).
The UV-82 is the type of radio that I can chuck in the rucksack when we go hiking in the UK and I don't have to worry about it if it gets smashed, dropped down a bog (peat, or otherwise) or wet. They are so cheap, that it's literally a choice of a few cups of Costa coffee, or a new radio?
It does suffer from pager breakthrough though on VHF, so much so, that my attempts to activate Bardon Hill all failed using the UV-82; I returned with a Vertex Standard VX-459 commercial radio, which also covers 2m and I activated with no problems.
Now, would I take this cheapo radio with me on a trek to a ~4000m peak in the deepest Swiss Alps? Of course not; I've got the IP57, wide temperature range, proven commercial radio that comes with me when it's a life or death situation and I may need to rely on it... also, most of our amateur radio kit won't do 5-Tone calling, which is necessary for Alpine SOS calls to REGA etc.
Not sure if any of that helps, but you can often pick up some ex-demo commercial kit that is almost new, for very reasonable prices on the usual sites. It could be an option, if you didn't want to spend too much?