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Apple IPhone Find My Friends Review

   

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Overall avg rating 2.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: January 21, 2013
Street Price:   $Free with iPhone
Pros:  Itís free. Good way to keep an eye on your girlfriend or boyfriend (or kids)Ö or their phone, anyway.
Cons:  It only works when your phone is on and has an excellent data signal, it does not connect you with emergency services, and is useless as an SOS device.
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Manufacturer:   Apple
Review by: Matt Gerdes ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ January 21, 2013  
Overview
Overall, this app does not work as well as the other devices in our Emergency Electronics review. It is intended to help keep track of family and friends in urban environments with great cell coverage. That said, in certain situations, it could work as well or better than a SEND device (Spot 2 or DeLorme Inreach). We have been in situations where a solid 3G signal can be had on our smartphone, but no satellite signal can be found.

If you don't have an iPhone, you can use a similar Find My Friends! app on Android

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

In thick trees along a steep cliff band in in the Alps, where 3G networks are massively more expansive than in the rural U.S., we were able to check our email, make a call, and check to be sure that our buddy Carson was still sitting on his couch in Waialua, Hawaii. And he could have checked his app to see that we were camped out in the trees there, below a massive BASE jump near Chamonix, even if I was unconscious and not able to pick up the phone and dial. Meanwhile, we had no signal on either of the SPOT devices or the DeLorme. One thing that became very apparent using the InReach and SPOT devices was that without a very clear view to an open sky, they do not work well at all. A phone well inside a 3G network area, on the other hand, works under cover, indoors, etc.

In another instance, we were backcountry skiing miles south of Kirkwood Ski Resort in California in a 4,000-foot deep canyon. While avalanche danger was not high, it was steep terrain with a good chance of hitting rocks (multiple times) if you lost control. Miraculously, we had good cell coverage. We were in a group, but had this been a solo mission and we had fallen and been badly injured, it would have been easy to find exactly where were were.

While at first we were skeptical and considered not even including it, this is an interesting extra option for people who travel in areas where mobile phone coverage (Iím talking solid 3G signal) is plentiful. Clearly, however, this could never be considered as a standalone emergency messaging device. Donít even think about relying on this app for anything other than entertainment and stalking your friends who are willing to go through the setup process.

Matt Gerdes

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Most recent review: January 21, 2013
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