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Nic H - 1  October 2020

SPOT Gen4 released to market

EExciting news from the team at Find Me Spot who manufacture a range of GPS alert and tracking devices with the long awaited fourth generation of their SPOT device, SPOT Gen4. At first glance, it’s a more robust and capable device with features that include:

          • SOS capability
          • Help function
          • Check in function
          • Customised functionality such as pre-programmed messaging
          • Longer battery life
          • Layered mapping software including increased alert capability

A few other improvements from the Gen3 model include a range of upgrades to the units hardware and software. The device has a IP68 rating that is deemed secure enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand as well as resistant to water submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m that are all designed to withstand a range of extremities the avid adventurist faces.

The Gen4 has also undergone a complete redesign of the outer casing, that is a refreshing change from past models that has a new sleek design, improved grip for user comfort as well as a departure from the orange casing to a black that in my opinion looks great. Another great feature is the ability to GEO Fence an area where a user is meant to be located in, such as a mountain trek that will send an alert home if the user moves outside the zone. The unit will also send an alert home if the user hasn’t moved for a set period of time that again can be programmed by the user.

Like its predecessor, the Gen4 is features location tracking with 5, 10, 30 and 60 minute intervals (all included in the basic subscription), as well as 2.5 minute intervals if you choose the upgraded subscription. 

In our opinion, the new Gen4 model is compact, easy to use and value for money that is packed with some great features. With that said, there is are plenty of other products out there including the inReach mini that provide the same features as well as functionality such as 2-way messaging.

Pros: 
• New sleek design with IP68 rating
• Motion activated tracking
• Increased battery life
• Improvements to mapping including the ability to geofence

Cons:
Unlike the inReach mini, it does allow 2-way messaging that is a great feature when you don’t have access to standard cell coverage or SAT phone

Is the Gen4 value for money....

As we haven’t had the chance to test the new model in the field yet, our opinions are based on the new functionality and features published by the manufacturer. However, based on the experience using SPOT devices throughout Australia in varying conditions, the Gen4 will no doubt continue to provide certainty when you need it.

The recommended retail price for the Gen4 hasn’t changed from the Gen3 model, with a RRP $239.95 plus subscription costs. In terms of value for money, the Gen4 is competing with a range of other providers that are well known to the market such as the inReach mini by Garmin and personal locater beacons (PLB’s), as well as their SPOT X model, that vary in price but in my view the Gen4 is an affordable option.

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The Garmin inReach is a two-way satellite communications device packed with features allowing you to stay connected no matter where you trek. Its arguably the smallest device when compared with similar products, yet is packed with everything you need when in the field.

The inReach Mini lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

It connects for messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network. You dont have to worry about being within range of a cell tower or encountering spotty coverage. Who will answer your SOS? GEOS will. GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. Theyve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And theyre standing by 24/7 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Once youve triggered a distress signal, you can expect a delivery confirmation that help is on the way and be continually updated on the status of your response team.

SPECIFICATIONS

Physical dimensions: 2.04” x 3.90” x 1.03” (5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61 cm)
Weight: 3.5 oz (100.0 g)
Water rating: IPX7
Battery: Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Display type: sunlight-readable, monochrome, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size: 0.9" x 0.9" (23 x 23 mm)
Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
Battery life: Up to 50 hours at 10-minute tracking with 2-minute logging (default); up to 30 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 1 year when powered off
Memory/History: None
High-sensitivity receiver
Interface: USB

FEATURES

  • Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium® satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required)
  • Access downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more by using the free Garmin Earthmate® app and compatible devices
  • Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired device; basic and premium weather packages available
  • Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices, including connected wearables and handhelds
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 50 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode
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