I had high hopes with the new SPOT3
It works great, just had a couple huge problems that make it all but unsuable
First the good (Don't want to sound TOO negative) great performance compared to my SPOT1, New second 'ok' message', better tracking , can power from a usb cable in addition to batteries
. Can have unauthorized movement and notification to BOAT/US (if you buy that service) will stop transmitting if anchored (nice)
For the bad - most annoying, but not unsafe issue - their spotadventures page now shows a flag every 5 minutes when a track point is added - which makes the map look like a sea of flags
- check it out - View A SPOT Adventure
imagine your GPS
plotting this way!! totally unreadable
second issue - huge safey issue but annoying none the less - the LED lights
are BLINDING at night on your helm
(or dashboard of a car or cockit of your plane) and you will have momentary blindlness every 5 seconds or so. The LEDs are BRILLIANTLY BRIGHT - no dimmer or cover. I guess you could cover them with some black electrical
tape - but othewise this is a fail.
I called them and told them to recall
the SPOT3 til this is fixed. This is a huge safety
my SPOT-1, got to get another off ebay and replace the 3 with it. It is unusable to me.