Can Apple’s New iPhone 14 Replace Your Garmin inReach?
Sep 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm #3759879Andrew MarshallModerator
@andrewsmarshallLocale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians
Companion forum thread to: Can Apple’s New iPhone 14 Replace Your Garmin inReach?
Should/will the iPhone 14 replace my Garmin inReach (or similar satellite messaging devices)?Sep 13, 2022 at 5:57 pm #3759954John S.BPL Member
noSep 15, 2022 at 11:57 am #3760036Trace RichardsonBPL Member
I don’t use an inreach, but I’m struggling to find many reasons using the iPhone it isn’t better than my RescueME PLB as long as my iphone is charged / not broken. No battery concerns is one advantage a PLB has but the texting component of the iPhone is also better than simply sending an SOS with a non text compatible PLB.Sep 16, 2022 at 10:57 am #3760099John S.BPL Member
Outside Online has a couple of articles.Sep 17, 2022 at 10:07 am #3760165MontmolarBPL Member
As a European we rarely use PLBs in the first place and thus I find the added feature of the iPhone really compelling.
It basically means I do have added security on my Alpine endeavors without getting another gadget/device to keep track off.
Will probably hold off for now though, since I am hoping the iPhone 15 will finally come with USB-C…Sep 21, 2022 at 3:53 pm #3760518Myke HBPL Member
I trust my iPhone way more than my Garmin inreach mini. The inreach is not a good device at all. The plan is terrible and would be reason enough for me to ditch it. The user interface is just bad and the iPhone’s hardware is in a different league than the inreach. Additionally, my inreach has way worse battery life. Give it a couple years and there will be ZERO reason to own an inreach.
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