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By Amanda Farda

Ever wonder where exactly your cat runs off to during his moonlighting sessions, or if your teenager is really at the library studying? Well, introducing the Garmin GTU 10 GPS Locator—your solution.

At an MSRP of $199.99 it’s certainly not the cheapest tracker out there, and since the tracking service plan included is only good for one year, you’ll need to shell out another $49.99 every year after that. If you’re cool with that then you can snag up Garmin’s Standard Tracking Service Plan, which provides the whereabouts of the locator over the past 24 hours. And if that’s not Big Brotherly enough for you, tack on an additional $4.99 a month for the Deluxe Tracking Service Plan which reports the device’s past seven days of movement.  

Set up is simple, charge the device for about two hours, and when the indicator light turns green you’re good to go! Activating the locator requires you to log onto, register, and follow the steps provided. Once finished, the GPS’s home page should pop up revealing its current location or the last time a location was registered via satellite. We found that when indoors it wouldn’t always report the correct current location. However, when properly connected to satellite reception outdoors, the location was dead on—even listing the exact address of the building it was about to enter!

Aside from just providing location data, the GTU 10 home page can also be used to remotely tweak settings. If the battery is low, for example, you can set it to update fewer times, thus conserving battery life. Or maybe your pet goes missing and you want to change the settings to update very frequently, that’s also possible. You can even choose to receive email or text notifications pertaining to different status updates.

One of the more interesting and unique features included with the GTU 10 is Geofences. Via the home page, users can create an area on a map using up to 10 points. They can then track whether or not the locator enters or exits these virtual parameters. When we tried it, the notifications were either very responsive or very delayed. This problem seemed arbitrary, and again, dependent on whether or not the device had proper satellite reception. Another handy setting/feature is the ability to have the device “sleep” when it enters a Geofence. The battery can last up to four weeks this way.

Finally, for tracking on the go, the GTU 10 is paired with a free mobile application for iPhone and Android users. It functions just about the same as the page on the Garmin site, in that users can track location, status, history, adjust power settings, and manage Geofences.   

The bottom line is, that once properly connected to satellite reception, the GTU 10 is on point. The smartphone application is rather convenient too. Our only real gripe is the service cost.

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