Check out this Somewear Global Hotspot Review and see how this satellite messenger stacks up against its competitors.
Somewear Global Hotspot Specs
- Offers global coverage
- Topo Maps when Synced with Smartphone
- 2-way Text communication
- Location tracking
- Weather reports
- IPX7 – Waterproof
- Size = 3.6″ x 3.0″ x 0.8″
- Weight = 4.0 oz.
Make sure you turn on your Bluetooth settings and pair the Somewear Global Hotspot to your Smartphone before you try to use the functions on this satellite messenger.
Now let’s take a look at what the Somewear Global Hotspot offers and what the screen shots look like.
Global | Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage
The Somewear Global Hotspot offers global, pole to pole satellite coverage with the Iridium Satellite network. You can see an example of their global coverage and the satellite locations below.
You can choose between topo maps and aerial maps, plus you can download maps for use later.
You can zoom in to see the trailhead and maps of trails in the area.
Again, you can switch to the aerial map and see some things in greater detail.
I have tested the Somewear Global Hotspot out many times and the 2-way messaging works great, with one exception.
A word of caution. Make sure you always test out your satellite messenger and know you have your contacts in and that you are using the device properly. I have had several times when I had to return home to update something or add something for the 2-way messaging to work.
Also, you may not be able to message between different satellite messenger brands. For example, I can’t message my Garmin inReach satellite messengers unless I initiate the communication from my Garmin, then it will work well. Just make sure you understand your equipment.
The Somewear Global Hotspot does offer weather forecasts, but there is not as much information shown as with the Garmin inReach products or the ACR Bivy Stick. You do get some helpful information though, as shown below.
This is a really good satellite messenger that offers more than most outdoor enthusiasts will need but always make sure to carry a portable charger, for both your satellite messenger and you smartphone. Actually, your smartphone may need the extra charges before your messenger.
I like the Mophie portable chargers as shown below.
- RELIABLE POWER FOR YOUR DEVICES - Never run out of battery with the mophie Power Boost XXL Power Pack that features a 20,800 mAh large internal battery to charge up to two devices at once. Works with smartphones, tablets, and other USB-enabled devices
- HIGH OUTPUT CHARGING - The versatile power bank extends your device's battery by 8X. Equipped with 2 USB ports with 4.2A of power (2.1A per port), it provides +100 hours of extra battery life to smartphones, +30 to small tablets, and +20 to large tablets
- INTUITIVE LED INDICATOR - The Power Boost XXL has an integrated four-light LED power indicator that notifies you of the current battery level when you press the button, and the charging status of the power station when plugged in for recharging
- CONVENIENT, PORTABLE DESIGN - Featuring a portable design, this power bank is easy to carry in your pocket or bcakpack. Perfect for emergencies facing electricity outage, you can use this backup battery to boost-up your drained-out devices in a flash
- INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED - The wireless charging station comes with a USB-A to Micro USB charging cable so that you can eliminate the hassle of carrying multiple wires and adapters while travelling. Just plug your smart devices and you are good to go
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Somewear Global Hotspot
World Wide Coverage10.0/10
Tracking & Sharing7.5/10
Initial Cost & Subscription7.5/10
- Compact & Lightweight
- 2-Way Messaging
- SOS Distress Call
- Location Tracking
- Global Satellite Network
- Must be Synced with Smartphone
- Initial Purchase Price
- Must Rely on Phone Battery Life
- or Carry Portable Charger