Πέμπτη, 9 Μαΐου 2013

SPOT Gen3 satellite messenger vs DeLorme inReach SE

SPOT Gen 3 vs DeLorme inReach
Which satellite messenger is right for you?
There’s a little more info trickling out on the SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger, including its ability to send your position at 30 minute intervals for up to 45 days on a single charge. The SPOT Gen3 lists for $169.99 and is expected to be available later this month.
Meanwhile, the DeLorme inReach SE may already be shipping (I expect GPS City will update its availability status later today).

Comparing the SPOT Gen3 and DeLorme inReach SE

The inReach SE is a two-way communication device with a virtual keyboard that will appeal to those wanting to exchange messages with loved ones (or search and rescue teams) from the backcountry. Its specs (PDF) show a $299.95 MSRP, 125 hour maximum battery life and 100 hour life when firing off your location every ten minutes.
The SPOT Gen 3 is more likely to appeal to those wanting to track extended backpacking trips, or swayed by its lower initial and ongoing price.

Service plans

Both units require a subscription service plan. The SPOT basic plan runs $99.99 per year; tracking will cost you an additional $49.99. DeLorme’s plans run $9.95 per month (includes 10 messages) and $.25 per trackpoint or $24.95 per month for a plan with fewer limits.
Do either of these new units interest you? If so, which one?

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