Reviews and Problems with DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
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especially when they sound like a product advertisement
A. C. Croft, Amazon
27 August 2014
Summary: I see some stellar reviews in this group. I am always suspicious that these are written by people who have ulterior motives, especially when they sound like a product advertisement. However, I will certainly agree that the PN-60 does have a lot of features. But I can also commiserate with some of the other reviewers who criticized it for its lack of usability. The average outdoorsman or outdoorswoman probably will never need most of these special features.
Summary: Software issues, reliability in getting a message out issues, a recall, etc. You can go to DeLorme's website and see that they don't even sell this particular SPOT device paired with their GPS anymore. Shocked to see them still being sold together here. Yes, I own the pair but let the service run out for the SPOT service. They missed the mark on this one.
Summary: Bought this to replace a 4 year old PN-40 that fell out of my pocket while riding my motorcycle. I loved my PN-40 and had thought about upgrading prior to losing it. Ended up getting this for a 1/4 of the price of a new one and what I paid for the PN-40 in 2009. So far I like the improvements over the previous model a lot. I use mine for traveling, backpacking, hunting and geocaching mostly. The accuracy is excellent when geocaching.
This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started…
1 December 2013
Summary: This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started with the PN-60 and upgraded to the PN-60w so I can use with the Delorme inReach unit. I liked both versions of the GPS and found it very reliable. great for hiking, boating and biking.
Pros: long battery life, accruate positioning, good color display, pairable with inReach or spot, screen size
Cons: the Delorme rechargeable battery can only be charged when in the GPS, hard to follow manual makes a longer then normal learning curve for some, needs bluetooth
Summary: I have owned and struggled with this unit: a PN-60W and Spot communicator for almost two years now. Today it goes in the trash. I am no longer going to waste my time and efforts trying to use this unit and it's associated software. Today I start a search for something that is user friendly, reliable and dependable. This unit is not. It's a good idea but the execution is terrible.
Summary: I have been using it for a year now. Pros: 1)Durable robust rubber case, with good buttons that work well. 2)software works- but takes a lot of time to figure it out, 3)lanyards, 4)battery live -acceptable- special batteries. 5)Keeps tracks well. 6)Spot works and will post message and map link to Facebook and text to phone list etc. 7)Pans and Zooms well- which you will need because of the small screen.
Summary: I was a NOBO Appalachian Trail thru hiker in 2011 and carried this piece of crap until Damascus. The GPS receiver took forever to get signal in the mornings. I would get ready to head out and stand there like an idiot waiting for it to find the satellites. The SPOT part of it was exceedingly unreliable in terms of sending messages as well. Then I find out that there is a recall because the SPOT part apparently would not send out a signal in freezing temperatures.
Summary: I'd love to be able to tell you about how this device functions in an emergency, but I've owned mine for almost a year and still haven't been able to trust it to work correctly. The first SPOT I got was a model that got recalled. I sent it back to the company and they gave me a new one. This new SPOT started sending rogue SOS messages while I was out on the trail- thankfully I noticed and was able to cancel them!
Summary: I bought this pair for when things are NOT OK! The big let down was that they (Delorme) doesn't support Roadside assistance with spot connect, which i found to be more important than sending a help message to someone when you have no idea if they will be able to help you. I often ride a motorcycle by myself and found the SOS feature to be important, but If i get a mechanical problem i could be stuck in the middle of nowhere.