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About this product
- System TypeHandheld
- User InterfaceKeypad
- Battery Life67 Hours
- Weight0.33 lb.
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- njoycec15 May, 2012by
OK, but that's all
This is one of those products where its real value is only apparent when you are in extremis. I don't know whether it works...and I hope I never know. However, the feature set and operating method could be much better and more intuitive. There is a track mode, but this is next to useless when viewed on a map because unlike navigation GPS's this only takes a spot reading. Consequently it isn't really a very effective biscuit trail. There are a couple of messaging options, but these are very limited and could have been much more extensive. It is also unclear whether some messaging options trump the tracking log...or not - one place in the manual tells you it does, and another place tells you it doesn't. Sorting out the messaging could have been a huge selling point and, in my view, is an opportunity lost. The unit, despite being a lot slimmer and smaller than its predecessor, is still too big and bulky - I run with this the unit strapped to my upper arm and it is noticeable and weighty. I guess size and price are incompatible compromises, but it would have been nice to see a range of products with different designs and price points for select features. I enrolled in the additional tracking plan which adds $50 to the annual cost. I'm not sure what benefit this is given that the readings and mapping are so ineffectual. I was also disappointed to see zero discount for enrolling for 2 years over 1 - not a cent. It would make business sense to create some kind of incentive. Overall, I use this unit and it seems to do its job. I just hope I never have to call on the emergency response button. I wish there were competitor products out there which would generate more inovation and pricing pressure. I guess I'm stuck with this - generally satisfied but hardly ecstatic. Read full review
- noheartleft06 Apr, 2012by
Not a toy OR a PLB. Inexpensive, fun & useful tool with lots of potential.
What more can I say about the SPOT device that hasn't already been said a brazilian times? The original unit was great, and the SPOT II is even better (IMHO). While I do think the service plans are overpriced, it is a handy tool to have, if nothing but to allow friends and family to follow your adventures in semi-real time. One mystery that everyone's been discussing: Why is the SILVER unit being blown out for $50 while the ORANGE unit is still selling for over $125? Is it the cool color? The silver ones weren't selling? Who knows, who cares. I enjoy this great device at a good price (the service plan prices still suck). It may not be a PLB, but it does what it's supposed to do.
- open_i12 Apr, 2012by
Great safety device for those of us who ride past cell phone range!
I often ride horseback outside of cell phone range. Stripping this small device onto my belt when my horse and I ride out alone gives me a great sense of security. The message options are perfect, allowing me to: check in with family, request help from family without alerting 911, or tell family that I'm running late but OK and will be back when I get there. I also like the fact that even the SOS function allowed me to pre-program additional information -- in my case the contact info for local Sheriff substation first responder for the remote area where I usually ride, as 911 in our this tri-county area often contacts the wrong county and their maps do not overlap. I also inserted info there about my gender, age, and the fact that I'm an equestrian who often rides alone. I purchased the $13 rescue reimbursement insurance, but opted out of the extra $40/year tracking every ten minutes button subscription. Tracking via a handheld gps navigator provides a much better bread-crumb trail, which I can share after arriving home from a big adventure. As the GEOS motto says: "Live to tell about it!" -- and the basic $100/year subscription provides that plus peace of mind for both adventurer and family. Even when riding with buddies, I well remember an occasion some years ago when we would have gladly paid the $100 to be able to tell family "running late, but OK" when it turned out that our safest choice was a much longer ride than planned to avoid getting stuck after dark on a narrow ledge mountain trail. We chose the safe, but much longer valley return, while families worried about our failure to get to a phone until long after dark. That safest choice would have been far easier if we had just been able to tell families that we were "Running late, but OK." I don't trust the belt loop case that comes with the Spot 2, as the tiny velcro closure came open several times while riding. So I now use a small digital camera case, which has just enough room for spare batteries underneath the Spot 2 -- a must, since Spot 2 has no battery meter. I'm very happy to have this pro-active safety device strapped to my belt whenever I ride -- a totally reasonable and easy investment that makes my chosen sport much more safe. Read full review
- kc5pmv11 Dec, 2011by
The Spot 2 was a good move for my adventurous Life.
price was fair, but the value to my loved ones is great I am a full-time sailor on my own sailboat, my Spot 2 tracks my every move as well as my mistakes, it gives me great confidence knowing that if a mishap takes my boat and puts me in danger's way I know that at a push of the red S.O.S. button help will be able to find me, I also have a SAT phone from the same company GlobalStar, but peace of mind cost something it will eat the lesser batteries in two days but the Lithium batteries last about 7 days while tracking.
- khami987606 Jan, 2015by
This was exactly what I was looking for.
I got this to replace one that I lost while riding my motorcycle. (May it rest in pieces!) I was already sold on using a Spot. My wife and friends can track my travels and it gives me some peace of mind knowing I'm a button push away from any help I might need. Well worth the price.