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SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger

4.1 out of 5 stars 220 customer reviews
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  • S.O.S. With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams
  • CHECK IN Let friends know you're ok when you're out of cell phone range. Send a text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a map link to your contacts with your location
  • SPOT ASSIST Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non life-threatening situations. Or use SPOT Assist for professional services on land. Additional service required
  • TRACKING Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date
  • INCLUDES SPOT Generation 3 Device, Strap, USB Cable, Quick Reference Guide, Carabiner, Batteries
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When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you're ok or sends emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam. Long live adventure. Enhanced Services ONLY available with SPOT Gen3:SPOT Gen3's customized tracking features takes your SPOT experience to the next level. Only with SPOT Gen3, is tracking motion-activated regardless of the level of tracking you choose (Basic, Unlimited or Extreme). A vibration sensor tells your SPOT to send track updates when you are moving and to stop when you do. (This is a great new battery-saving feature) New Tracking Options:Unlimited Tracking Set it and forget it. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn't stop until you do. Extreme Tracking Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2.5 minutes. Don't miss a step with increased track rates. Features require active Spot service. For activation in the USA only.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,163 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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By Robert J. Gunnarson on August 23, 2013
Color: Orange
just got back from a salmon and moose trip to remote parts of Alaska. The Spot Gen3 worked like a charm. Wife was able to track and I was able to report "all is well" each morning and evening. No cell phone signal for many miles.

It rained "A LOT" and the unit was not compromised. I was aware of the ubs port cover, did not open it on the trip and no leaking. The cover did not move while traveling and we covered a lot of rugged ground and I did not baby the device. This model offers much more than previous generations. I would recommend it to anyone.
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I'd like to give the unit 5 stars, but there's a few issues that need to be addressed.

The Good:

The Gen3 is a big step up IMHO from the Gen 2. Battery life is much better (I don't know about the x2 battery life, I haven't used it that much), signal acquisition is faster, and generally the performance is more reliable. Make sure when you get the unit that you update the firmware however. Early on the original firmware sucked.

The Meh:

I would have preferred the USB port to be under the battery door. I know why they didn't do it (the unit can be powered via USB now, so putting it under the battery door would be not preferable), but it still annoys me as a minor pet peeve. I won't dock anything from it either.

I'm also meh on the "basic tracking included!" aspect of the subscription. It used to be 100 bucks a year, and tracking was 50 dollars a year. That was pretty significant, and while I did include tracking, I appreciated that it was optional. Now, it's not, but the "bundle" is now 150 dollars. It's cheesy, and I would have preferred maybe even a 10 dollar a year discount to acknowledge the new purchase point. Whatever.

I'm *really* meh on the new tracking "options". Yeah, it's cool you can adjust the tracking interval. But it's not 50 dollars a year cool for the next tier up that lets you go from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. If I'm tracking via 60 minutes, I'm actually paying more to use their system less, and that seems screwed up. The 150 bucks for the "extreme" tracking (so a total of 300 dollars a year *boggle*) for the ability to check in every 2.5 minutes with your progress seems... absurd. I don't know who would actually use/need that.
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Update 07/19/2014 - 40hrs on the 1st set of batteries now - still going strong. The GPS sensitivity is fantastic - will get a position fix from under my truck. The older units couldn't get a fix inside my house - the Gen 3 can, it will locate me in the bathroom! Really liking the small size and intuitive interface. SPOT account renewal was painless - they sent me notification 30 days in advance and didn't charge my till 30 days after my renewal date. Wish the SPOT Android App would blink the most recent point and allow data from multiple SPOT accounts - really nice to have features.
Update: After 3 months of use I really like this version of SPOT. 20+hours on the batteries so far - expecting about 100 before replacement. I like the auto-off power saving feature - it comes back on when I wiggle it a little (works on the dash of my pickup too). I'm really liking the small size and the attachment design as the whole thing is just much easier to casually carry. I also like the new SPOT App as it enables my wife to easily see where I'm at from her smart phone - much more convenient than a shared webpage. NOTE to the SPOT App writer: it would be cool to be able to log into multiple accounts so that I can track my son's activities as well. End of update.

Gen 1 was a bit of an IQ test (and many people did poorly). Gen 2 was a huge improvement in the antennae, mechanical package and user interface. Gen 3 is an even better mechanical design and the user interface is about as simple as it can be. I've owned/used all 3 generations and a happy SPOT user for 6+ years.

IMO, the best improvements are the smaller size, multiple attach points, and longer battery life. The rubber protective plugs over the HELP and SOS buttons are a nice touch.
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We actaully had to use it finally after having it for a while...were very disappointed. We got our vehicle in some deep water in the middle of nowhere, Pushed the SOS button, and had to hike out the next morning to get cell service to contact our local Sheriff's department ourselves. There is now an investigation going on. We were wet, and it was freezing, so we were very uncomfortable, including a 70 year old man that happened to be with us. If one of us had a heart attack, they would have had no chance, since we did not get help from SPOT. They claim they called another Sheriff's department, and the deputy there said that they had contacted us and said we hit the SOS button by mistake. They need a verification system, because if they did contact them, and this deputy was just too lazy to come to our location, there was no way for them to know that, and we were to get no help. As I told the people at Spot, if this would have ended with one of us, or all of us, dead - they would have been talking to our lawyers instead of us. I am very disappointed with the response that I have gotten from Spot. And they have made no indication that they are going to do something about verifying when they have someone that is supposed to be there to help you out of a bad situation decides not to help because they would be inconvenienced and tells them that it was a false alarm. I didn't pay for this service to get that kind of response.
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