It took some time but I finally finished my SPOT X Bluetooth field test. The extra time came in finding out if I could view maps from my iPhone when connected to the SPOT X Bluetooth.
Do you want the short answer on the topo maps? You CAN’T access maps on your smartphone when connected by Bluetooth to the SPOT X. There is no way to view a map when you’re outside of cell coverage. I talked with SPOT customer service and technical support to confirm my suspicion.
So, now that we know you can’t view a topo map with the SPOT X Bluetooth, let’s take a look at how it performed in this field test, what I liked and didn’t like about it.
What I Like About SPOT X Bluetooth
- Each SPOT X comes with a U.S. cell phone number to make messaging almost as easy as texting someone with your smartphone.
- The built-in keyboard makes creating a unique message much faster than the Garmin inReach satellite messengers (when they are used as a standalone device).
- Having Bluetooth on the new model makes everything easier, as you can access and control things from your smartphone.
- The larger size makes it easier to handle and use then some of the smaller satellite messengers.
What I Don’t Like About SPOT X Bluetooth
- Topo maps are not available, as I had hoped they would be.
- The unit is to large in my opinion.
- Messaging takes longer then the Garmin products, from the testing I conducted.
The Bottom Line
The SPOT X Bluetooth may be the perfect satellite messenger, however, it’s not my preferred messenger due to the lack of maps, the size and the longer delay in sending and receiving messages compared to the Garmin inReach satellite messengers.
You can see a video of the entire field test below.
You can learn more about the SPOT X Bluetooth by clicking on the image below.
This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.
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