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Pros Small, affordable subscription options, proven satellite and dispatch networks, simpleSmall, two-way textingExcellent network, seamless communication, some on-device functionalityEasy and affordable two-way messaging, great smartphone app, feature loaded, proven global networkTwo-way messaging, on-device keyboard, smartphone interface
Cons Only supports SOS on the device itselfComplicated to compare costs, texting on device is very slowNo on-device message viewing or composition, no trackingExpensive initial purchase, largest and heaviest messengerBulky, tough customer and tech service
Bottom Line A small, basic device that employs established network, dispatch, and hardware systems through affordable subscription plansText correspondence to and from the wilderness, wrapped up in a diminutive formThis is a smooth, comprehensive two-way communicator that relies on a proven satellite network and brings innovations that raise the barAn excellent device with only one weakness -- portabilityIf you want two-way texting that doesn't rely on a smartphone and tend to travel in the Americas and Europe, this one's is for you
Rating Categories Somewear Global Hotspot Garmin inReach Mini ZOLEO Satellite Communicator Garmin inReach Explorer+ SPOT X
SOS Emergency Messaging (30%)
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7
Non Emergency Messaging (25%)
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8
Signal Coverage (20%)
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6
Ease Of Use (15%)
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Portability (10%)
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Specs Somewear Global... Garmin inReach Mini ZOLEO Satellite... Garmin inReach... SPOT X
2-way Messaging? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2-way Messaging Available via Cellular/Wifi? Yes No Yes No No
Custom Messaging Viewable and Composable on Device? No Yes No Yes Yes
Passive Tracking (turn on and forget about it - viewers at home can watch your progress on the web) Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Weight w/ Batteries (ounces) 4.1 3.5 5.3 7.5 6.8
Battery Life (hours) Up to 1000 messages Up to 50 200+ when checking messages every 12 minutes 100 (lithium polymer battery) 240
Waterproof Rating IPX7 IPX7 (splashes & weather proof, nonsubmersible) IP68 (water resistant) IPX7 (splashes & weather proof, nonsubmersible) IPX7 (splashes & weather proof, nonsubmersible)
Pairs with Smartphone? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Satellite Network Iridium Iridium Iridium Iridium Globalstar
Dimensions (inches) 3 x 3.6 x .8 3.9 x 2 x 1 3.5 x 2.6 x 1 6.5 x 2.7 x 1.5 6.5 x 2.9 x 0.9
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