Had an older SPOT device which I used to use in the backcountry as a simple hey I am here and oh crap I need help device. A little piece of mind. Went to reactivate it and then saw the new Spot-X. Read a few reviews and then decided on the Garmin Inreach Mini
350 for the device and 33 to set up with the cheapest yearly plan. Got 5 extra texts per month when I activated it, so that was cool. 12/mo plan. The best thing is it integrates really nicely with my iphone. The earthmate app downloaded a basic map of North America and then a high res map of California and I suspect it would do the same if I enter another state. The app works with my phone when I am in cell range and the map seems much better than your standard google or apple map.
The biggest thing for me is the two way texting from the Sat. Worked well in my back yard last night and you can type from your cell phone when paired. You can send presets from the device as well as type out custom but it's a tad cloogey. But it works!! i head out with my 5 year old boys and so I will teach them to use the SOS just in case.
The unit is tiny and very well thought out. A little funny to use but fairly intuitive. Good purchase for the piece of mind. Although I hear rumblings of a better Sat network going in and would certainly upgrade to a full phone when prices are a tad better.
Cheers. Thought some might find this useful. Will report back with functionality on the road.