Garmin inReach Mini 2 vs SPOT X

What are the differences between the Garmin inReach Mini 2 vs SPOT X. They have some similarities, but a lot of differences.

Garmin inReach Mini 2

SPOT X Bluetooth

What They Have in Common

  • Two-way Messengers
  • S.O.S.
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Tracking
  • Access to Messenger App that can transition from WIFI, to cellular service, or to satellite service.

How Are They Different?

Garmin inReach Mini 2

  • Global, Pole-to-Pole Satellite Coverage


  • Built-in Keyboard

Satellite Coverage

Garmin provides worldwide, pole-to-pole satellite coverage with the iridium satellite network.

Iridium Satellite Coverage Map

SPOT has good satellite coverage, but is not global.

SPOT Satellite Coverage Map


Both devices have an S.O.S. button to contact search and rescue teams.

2-way Messaging

They are two-way messengers, but the SPOT X has a built-in keyboard to make creating a unique message easier to type. The Mini 2 uses the Garmin Messenger App that will automatically connect to WIFI, cellular service, or satellite service.


Both of these devices have navigation but the Garmin inReach Mini 2 has access to the Garmin Explore App, that can view topo maps and satellite images, and can create courses with ease, that can than be navigated by on the Mini 2.

Garmin Explore App

Garmin inReach Mini 2

Weather Forecasts

Garmin offers weather forecasts, through Dark Sky, and here are some examples of what you will get if you request a forecast on the Mini 2.

Garmin inReach Mini 2 Weather Forecasts

Here is what the weather forecast looks like when synced with your smartphone, using the Explore and Messenger App.

Garmin Explore App Weather with the Mini 2

SPOT does not offer weather forecasts on the SPOT X, however, I have seen at least one third party that offers weather forecasts when you send them a message. I’m not sure about the cost associated with this.


The Garmin inReach Mini 2 uses the Explore App and the Messenger App. The SPOT X uses the SPOT App. Both of these apps makes using each device much easier.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, they are both invaluable to help in life threatening emergencies, but after that, they are extremely different.

The Mini 2 has access to maps and additional navigation functions that the SPOT X does not have. If you have any questions or would like advice on what satellite communicator may be the best for you, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Check this YouTube video out below for more information.

Garmin inReach Mini 2, Lightweight and Compact Satellite Communicator, Hiking Handheld, Orange - 010-02602-00
  • Compact, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way messaging and interactive SOS globally (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices.).Special Feature:Bluetooth.Water Resistant: Yes
  • Navigate back to where you started by using TracBack routing
  • Share your location with loved ones back home at any time (active satellite subscription required) by using your MapShare page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages
  • Get accurate heading information using the digital compass — even when you’re not moving
  • Sync with the Garmin Explore app and website on your compatible smartphone for trip planning and topographical mapping, and create waypoints, courses, activities and collections you can sync to your device
  • Pair with Garmin devices, such as wearables and handhelds, and use them to send and receive messages and trigger an SOS (active satellite subscription required)

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Spot X with Bluetooth 2-Way Satellite Messenger | SOS Protection | Handheld Portable 2-Way GPS Messenger for Hiking, Camping, Cars| Globalstar Satellite Network Coverage | Subscription Applicable
  • SYNC WITH BLUETOOTH: Connect to SpotX to cellphone so you can communicate with family or even search and rescue; Use as a standalone communication device with it's own dedicated US mobile number to receive messages
  • PEACE OF MIND: Send S.O.S. to 24/7 Search & Rescue service, message back and forth about the nature of your emergency, receive confirmation when help is on the way; Message any cell number or email address virtually anywhere
  • GLOBALSTAR SATELLITE & SPOT products use GPS to determine location and transmit GPS coordinates to others; SPOT users can notify friends, family or emergency rescue their exact GPS coordinates
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: SpotX Device, strap and carabiner, micro usb data/power cable, quick start guide, SOS mirrored sticker, warranty card and kickstand
  • PURCHASE, ACTIVATE, EXPLORE: Grab a Spot X 2-way Satellite Messenger; Activate by selecting your service plan; Get out there and explore the world with peace of mind

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