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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by RealOldDualSportGuy, Feb 15, 2014.
Gen 1, 2 or 3
Will be used for tracking and SOS
I know you were asking which to buy. Sorry I do not have that answer. I did get a spot 2 just a week ago at best buy. They are listed on the web for $69 and change. When I got to the store it was marked down on clearance to $39 and change. It might not be the latest and greatest but it sure was a lot easier on the pocket book.
Ps. When I was at the website I looked for stores that had them in the store. I am not sure the web is offering the same discount.
I have the spot 2 and I'm pretty happy with it. Here's the specs for the spot 3:
It's basically motion activated tracking, longer battery life and USB power. However, I'm ok with pressing the tracking feature once in the morning before I set off. The extended battery life is a good feature as the fancy batteries required are quite expensive. Although good rechargeable batteries will work in the spot 2 but they aren't as good and you will constantly have a set on charge. This is obviously mitigated with the USB charging upgrade, which I think is the only really significant improvement of the spot 3. However, it is possible to hack/modify the spot 2 for USB power.
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For me I'll stick with the spot 2, it's just not worth upgrading to the spot 3. If I wasn't happy modifying a spot 2 for USB power and it was my first spot purchase I might go for the spot 3.
NB: if you're not that bothered about tracking have a look at the McMurdo Fast Find PLB (this would be my choice if I didn't have worrisome friends and relatives and/or I was going places outsie of spot coverage - the PLB is much more reliable due to it's satellite and radio features).
Appreciate the update
I've got the SPOT 3. Love it, it works really well.
Bass Pro has the Spot 3 for $149 yesterday afternoon
May have to look at it again today