SPOT X vs Somewear Global Hotspot

Let’s compare the SPOT X vs Somewear Global Hotspot and see if one of these satellite messengers stands out above the other.

Common Features

Both of these satellite messengers have these features in common:

  • 2-way Messaging
  • S.O.S. Call Button
  • Flexible Data Plans
  • Sync with Smartphone
  • Tracking for Family and Friends

Un-Common Features

Here are some features that these satellite messengers do not have in common:

  • Topo Maps – Somewear Global Hotspot
  • Global, Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage – Somewear Global Hotspot
  • Unique U.S. Cell Phone Number – SPOT X
  • Built-in Keypad – SPOT X
  • Uses Cellular and Satellite Data – Somewear Global Hotspot
  • Compact and Lightweight – Somewear Global Hotspot
  • Weather Forecasts – Somewear Global Hotspot
  • Fully Standalone Capability – SPOT X

SPOT X vs Somewear Global Hotspot

Interestingly enough, based on looking at the “uncommon features” the Somewear Global Hotspot seems to have the advantage, but let’s take a closer look, based on multiple field tests in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Built-In Keypad

SPOT X wins out here as it is the only satellite messenger I am aware of that has a built-in keypad. This along with a unique U.S. cell phone number makes it easy to communicate with anyone in the world, as long as you have a clear view of the sky.

SPOT X with Bluetooth

The only potential draw back is if you were to get the keypad wet, in freezing temperatures, then you may have issues with the keys freezing up on you…so make sure you keep it dry.


The Somewear Global Hotspot wins this battle as it has maps you can access, when the device is synced with your smartphone.

Somewear Global Hotspot Map

I looked hard at SPOT X to see if I could view maps with the SPOT X Bluetooth, and I even called Customer Support and Tech Support and they confirmed that they do not offer maps on their device at the time this article was written.

Global Satellite Coverage

Again, the Somewear Global Hotspot wins. Here is the coverage map from SPOT.

SPOT X Satellite Coverage Map

Here is the satellite coverage provided by the Iridium Satellite Network.

Iridium Satellite Coverage Map

I am not a world traveler, at least not yet, so this isn’t a major deal to me, but it may be to you.

Weather Forecasts

At the time of the writing of this article, SPOT X does not have weather reporting capabilities, but you can see below an example weather forecast from the Somewear Global Hotspot.

Somewear Global Hotspot Weather Forecast

I did not get a weather forecast from my Somewear Global Hotspot field test so the image above is from Somewear’s website.

Final Thoughts

Everyone uses these satellite messengers differently, but for how I use them and what I like, the Somewear Global Hotspot wins out here.

I like having maps available to me for navigation and the weather forecasts can be invaluable when you’re out in the mountains and you see some unexpected weather rolling in.

The SPOT X built-in keypad is valuable but doesn’t win out over the maps and weather forecasts that the Somewear Global Hotspot offers.

Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger
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Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger
  • Message- exchange messages with any cell phone number or email address from virtually anywhere in the world
  • S. O. S. - send an S. O. S. To the 24/7 search & rescue center, message back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way
  • Tracking- Select from 21/2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minute tracking intervals, and let family, friends and other Adventurers follow your progress with SPOT easy-to-use google maps interface
  • Check in - quickly and easily let everyone know you're ok
  • Post to social- Link your social accounts to keep your friends and family in the know wherever you go
  • Service agreement required.

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Find More information about the Somewear Global Hotspot HERE

See the video below of the satellite messenger comparison between the SPOT X vs Somewear Global Hotspot.

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