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April 25, 2010

Garmin Oregon 550T Review

Verdict: If I'm Ever Shipwrecked, This is the GPS I Want By My Side

Garmin Oregon 550t Retail Box
What's in the Box Oregon 550t, Battery Compartment Built-in 3.2 Megapixel Autofocus Camera


  • Highly capable, rugged, and versatile GPS that's a good fit for novices and experts alike
  • Has an integrated 3.2 Megapixel Digital Camera
  • Waterproof and Rugged
  • Comes with profiles for Recreation, Geocaching, Automotive, Marine, Fitness, and Camera

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April 6, 2010

GPSmagazine's 2010 Child Tracking GPS Buyer's Guide

GPSmagazine's 2010 Child Tracking GPS Buyer's Guide

According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC), 814,957 persons were reported missing in 2007. About 80% of those were juveniles (persons under 18 years of age), the overwhelming majority of which were girls.

While most missing persons return home safely, that statistic shows that over 2,000 times per day, parents or primary care givers felt the disappearance was serious enough to warrant calling law enforcement. Even more troubling, the number of missing persons reported to law enforcement has increased almost 500% in the past 20 years.

What if, instead of sitting at home in a terrified panic that harm has come to your child, you could instantly locate him or her on a map, pinpointing their exact whereabouts?

GPS tracking technology continues to improve, and for the first time in years, I can enthusiastically recommend several devices as viable solutions that will help parents keep their children safe.

I thoroughly tested 12 different tracking devices in various real-world scenarios. Prices range from the inexpensive to the extravagant. Interestingly, price doesn't always equate to better performance.

Here they are, ranked in order from the best to the worst:

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April 5, 2010

LOK8U NUM8 Child Locator GPS Watch Review

Verdict: Not Recommended

LOK8U NUM8 GPS Locator Watch
LOK8U NUM8 Charging Cradle LOK8U NUM8 On Wrist LOK8U NUM8 Unlock/reset Tool


  • Small enough to be worn by young children
  • Available in black, pink, or blue
  • Watch costs $180, plus monthly service (starting at $9.95/month)
  • Child locator GPS watch simply didn't work most of the time

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