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Yes, I've been using one since they came out. The first one I got had some battery issues, but they eventually replaced my device and I haven't had a problem since. Aside from the early battery issues I've never had a problem with messages and tracking not going through and it seems just as reliable as my Gen3 was.

My biggest complaint is the keyboard is a little tough to type on, especially with big fingers, but it's usable....just slow.
 
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I switched from an older Spot to an In-Reach Mini out of principle. Spot stopped sending out an annual email notifications about subscription renewal, after which there were significant hikes in the rate. One year there was a $60 jump.
 

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I’ve been using an Inreach SE since it came out and plan on getting a mini sometime soon. The Spot just looks enormous. Other than price I feel like it’d be pretty hard to justify over the inreach and for that type of item I don’t think the price difference is that significant. View attachment 74160 From Skurka’s review:
Yeesh! Yeah, that is big. I've been struggling a bit with the weight of it but haven't actually seen one in person so that's good to see. I had the first InReach and it was absolutely horrible. Maybe I need to give it another look.
 
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Yeesh! Yeah, that is big. I've been struggling a bit with the weight of it but haven't actually seen one in person so that's good to see. I had the first InReach and it was absolutely horrible. Maybe I need to give it another look.
The SE I have has always been fine and there have been firmware updates that have provided real improvements over time. I typically have my phone for navigation and the pairing with the Earthmate app works well for messaging.
 
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The Garmin/Delorme maps are pretty much useless for detail, so I primarily use the Backcountry Navigator on my Droid and carry the Mini (with the most basic plan) in case of an emergency. Some features are meant for phone pairing, but basic ones (e.g. canned texts) are standalone. If you do get one, set aside some time for activation and potentially a call to tech support. It was slightly painful.

Adding that they were pricey when they first came in out in comparison to the mapping units, but I suspect stores are offering discounts now. My Spot plan was up and it was alpine season, so I had to pay full price.
 
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Definitely give the Mini a look. The Gen 1 was a pain, but the SE has been great for me. If I upgrade, it would be to the Mini. It's easy enough to pair to a smart phone for typing and I'm carrying that anyway for navigation. Also, I believe the Inreach uses Iridium satellites which seem to have better coverage.
 

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