SPOT SPOT CONNECT SMARTPHONE SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR - COM-SPH-01
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Here’s what I didn’t like about it:
1) Not all text messages sent were received. This was a big selling point for me, but I found it unreliable. I was surprised to see how many messages sent were not received.
2) It would be great to be able to “test” the emergency function. I hope to never use it, but it would be great to be able to know it worked as advertised.
I find it a good tool to use for backup tracking when out of reach of cell service. I don’t trust my life with it though, which is what you want with this type of device.
We had GPS tracking on the race car from a different provider that worked more consistent though the week long race.
Finally as I mentioned in my book, the "authorities" in Indonesia managed to wreck it when they confiscated all our GPS devices and attempted to delete all the waypoints. After that it wouldn't send any info, and since it had worked so poorly previously, I just let my service expire and didn't replace it.
Here's why I'm not giving this a 5 rating:
1). The findMeSpot website was down and prevented me from registering. I had to send an email to tech support and within minutes the site was back up. Good support but internally, the company should be proactive and not expose IT problems to their customers (I work in IT and have been for 37 years)
2). Batteries shipped with the unit were all but dead. I couldn't pair the unit with my iPhone and had to replace the batteries to get this working. Good thing I picked some extra Lithium batteries.
3). User Guide. The quick start instructions and website should indicate where to find the User Guides. If interested, they're in the Help section of their website and all documentation should be clearly located with it's own link as this is what people are used to.
4). LED information should be included in the Quick Start guide - did I miss it? I had to find the User Guide to understand what they meant.
I'll be using the SPOT Connect to hike the Appalachian Trail and will use it extensively to keep family members notified in near real-time of my location.
I believe my SPOT Connect will work fine as long as I have a reasonable view of the sky and will recommend this product to anyone that meet along the "AT".