As previously noted, DeLorme is working on a new product, and now GPS City has spilled the beans on the DeLorme inReach SE, which is expected to hit their shelves around April 1. Unfortunately, it’s not the all-in-one GPS + satellite communicator we were hoping for, but it does update the current inReach with a color screen and virtual keyboard.
Like the existing model, you’ll need to use your smartphone to get a navigation experience closer to that of a dedicated handheld GPS:
When used in conjunction with DeLorme’s free Earthmate app and Explore website, the seamless inReach experience provides worry-free navigation and journey tracking with unlimited downloadable topographic maps, NOAA charts, and GPS position updates. Unlike streaming maps on most cell phone apps, downloaded DeLorme maps remain available in the Earthmate app even when you’re outside of cellular coverage and are perfect for planning a long hunting trip, hike, remote camping trip or fishing excursion.
Even so, this is an improvement on a device that already offers two-way satellite communication from the backcountry, outside of cell phone range. And with the new on-screen keyboard, you’re no longer at the mercy of your smartphone to send off a custom message. Will you be getting one?