DeLorme InReach SE
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $299
Works great for texting and an emergency beacon, but the Delorme website is not very intuitive. It is well worth buying.
- Remote communications
- Water tightness
- Syncs with iPod touch very well
- Can't access the battery
- Does not display coordinates as a primary function
- Not the most intuitive controls
- Instructions not all that clear
- Websites are not intuitive
I purchased the unit from REI as soon as it was listed on their website. It arrived and I set my account without much difficulty. I needed to call customer service but that was mostly due to the poor set up instructions and website. It works like a cell phone for texting . . . . sort of, but different.
The device itself works great and I have used on one multi day trip without any problem. The problems are with the Delorme website and setting up access for others and how to do it. At least that is my experience. I found it very tedious and could not set access for my family without providing them with my account passwords. I don't really care, it just shouldn't work that way or be that confusing.
I only text to my family's cell phones and I purchased the device just for that and the S-O-S in the first place. The website and map is just a nice extra. I gave up trying to get the website access for my family setup. Delorme needs to make the website and software very simple to use for people like me.
Device construction: Fine and seems solid and water tight.
Battery life: Excellent but that ability to carry an extra battery would be an improvement.
Device controls and software: Works fine but seems a little old style. It works like my old Garmin Rino GPS device. Touch screen would be nice, but maybe not as durable.
S-O-S function: Unknown how well it works, I hope it works well if I ever need it.
Satellite lock: I think it works fine. Sometimes it was better than others which I assume depends on location. Sometimes it took a while when out in the open but most of the time it didn't. I was able to send and receive messages while in my tent on a number of occasions.
IPod sync: Worked fine. Most of the time I just used the device itself to text but I also set it outside my tent and used my iPod from inside the tent to send messages. I did not use the map feature on the IPod.
Service fees: There are three levels. I chose the cheapest which is $9.95 a month. It is expensive to text unless you get a more expensive plan that includes unlimited texting. For me, the device will just sit unused for a few months at a time without being used so I calculated that $9.95 per month would work out to be less expensive over the course of a year.
Satisfaction: I gave it four stars because it needs some software and website improvement. I hope that Delorme continues to improve their software and website but that is not a deal breaker for me. I also hope they write a much more detailed manual for the device.
One nice feature I discovered about the device which I hope is accurate is the label on the back of it. It says "Designed & Manufactured in the U.S.A. by Delorme".
The device does exactly what I want it to do and I am very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. It is great feeling to be any where on earth and be able to communicate with family and with emergency rescue help with a device that will fit in a shirt pocket.
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DeLorme took their 2012 Backpacker magazine's Editor's Choice Award-winning inReach one step further this year with the inReach SE-a two-way satellite communicator with an on-board color screen to give you phone-like capabilities in areas without cell coverage.
The Delorme inReach SE 2-way satellite communicator keeps you connected anywhere on the globe. It's a personal locator beacon, GPS and text messenger with mobile-device compatibility, all in 1 unit. Iridium satellite network ensures 100% pole-to-pole coverage with no gaps or fringe areas; subscriptions from $9.95/month required (seasonal plans also available). Adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours allow you to track your trip and share your location, including GPS coordinates, elevation, speed, and course. Enterprise plans also available for inReach customers to enable tracking intervals of 5, 2 and 1 minute, and 30 seconds; contact DeLorme directly for Enterprise Plans. Personal locator beacon sends SOS signals with GPS location data to GEOS worldwide emergency response; communicate with GEOS via 2-way text messaging throughout the rescue. Provides audio and visual delivery confirmation on all messages sent to notify you of successful transmission. Send free-form, 160-character texts or predefined messages to phones, email, social media and other inReach units; read incoming messages on the color screen. Wirelessly transform your Apple iOS or Android mobile device into a global navigation tool and satellite communicator when you pair it to inReach with the free Earthmate app. Earthmate app displays your real-time GPS coordinates and route on a digital map; MapShare portal shares your location and movements with friends. Earthmate app also lets you download unlimited topographic and NOAA maps when connected to the internet; access the cached maps even when you're outside of cellular range. LED indicator shows satellite availability; audible message notification helps guarantee you don't miss an incoming message. Waterproof, dustproof and impact-resistant body shrugs off the abuse of harsh environments; the unit can be submerged down to 1m for up to 30 min.
Whether you find yourself a hundred miles out deep sea fishing, hiking deep into the Alaskan interior, or surrounded by a vast South American jungle, you're always in touch when you have the inReach SE Satellite Communicator. Even if you are out of range of cell towers, this handheld satellite communicator enables you to send and receive text messages, track your whereabouts, and send out an SOS in case of an emergency thanks to its Iridium network that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication.
DeLorme's inReach SE Two-Way Satellite Communicator taps into the power and reach of the Iridium satellite network, its 100 percent global coverage frees you from the limits of cell towers. Send and receive messages through the color screen and virtual keyboard, a delivery confirmation keeps you informed. If the worst should happen, you can trigger an SOS message and then correspond with the SAR monitoring center through two-way text. GPS capability also lets you share and view your coordinates while the rechargeable lithium battery delivers up to 100 hours of battery life. A waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant housing will shrug off years of use.
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