Garmin has announced a new device in the Inreach line called the Garmin Inreach Messenger.
The DC Rainmaker channel on YouTube has a pretty good overview. Ray also has thoughts on Inreach versus the recently-announced iPhone14 satellite messenger feature.
- 28-day battery life (for 10-minute tracking intervals) (Mini 2 is 14-days)
- New Messenger app for your phone (it seamlessly switches between cellular and satellite for messages, also- it syncs to your phone's contact list. Also- this app will soon work with some other Inreach devices, including Mini2)
- Battery-bank feature (intended as an emergency charge for your phone)
- Tracking (Note-the same fees apply as other Inreach devices-- tracking cost depends on what subscription plan you have)
- Can send messages to a Garmin watch
- Unlike the Mini 2, it does NOT have routing. You can't define a series of GPS positions and have the device route you to the positions.
- TracBack (a basic follow-your-track-backwards capability)
- Pre-set messages (free non-emergency messages like "I"m OK" or 'I'm going out of cell range', etc.
- Interactive SOS (exchange messages with Garmin's International Emergency Response Coordination Center)
- Waterproof to IPX7 standard
- Lower cost than Mini2 ($299 vs $399)
Note- It is not yet clear how well the Messenger device works compared to the Mini2. Hopefully we'll see performance comparisons soon.
Edited by Old Crow, 29 September 2022 - 02:22 PM.