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