AGPtEK® Mini GPS/GSM Pet Tracker Locator for Cats Dogs Support iPhone 6/ 6 Plus/5/5S/4/4S Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/S2 Samsung Galaxy Note – Black
I was hoping the AGPtEK® Pet Tracker would replace my other dog tracker, which requires a monthly subscription. This dog tracker only needs a SIM card. How cool is that? I figured maybe if I could just pay $10 for 100 days and only use it when the dog gets out, I would save money. She doesn’t escape very often.
Be aware that if you choose this tracker, you are stuck using the included collar. You have to slide the collar through two slots on the tracker. Most collars have clasps and buckles that won’t fit through those slots.
The instructions are difficult to decipher. If you can read broken English, you’re good. I didn’t know that “shock” meant “shake.” I thought “monitor” meant keep an eye on my dog, not turn off tracking and listen to her surroundings when I call. I had no clue what “authorized number” was. The number on the device? A password? The SIM’s phone number? No, it’s the phone number of the cell phone you want to use to communicate with the tracker. I still don’t know what SOS in the app does. I turned it on and didn’t see any changes.
Not only are the instructions poorly written, they are incomplete. Through my interaction with the vendor, I found a lot of commands that weren’t included on my sheet.
The app is confusing. There are two portions. Hard to describe, but one half is for sending SMS commands and the other half is more app-like. The SMS half sends commands via texts. It’s supposed to, but those texts never make it to my tracker.
The app-like half is not specific to this tracker but rather a whole slew of devices like OBD, vehicle, and person. “Dog” was not an option, so I chose “person.” I got a live map of the location right off the bat, but I couldn’t get geofence to work.
I like texting the commands directly for programming the collar and skipping the app all together. After I figured it out, it wasn’t so hard. You text the commands like you would text a friend. The hard part is remembering the commands (or figuring out that “shock” means “shake”) and keeping track of where you are as far as what you’ve commanded.
Call the collar and it will text back a location. That was my favorite part. Select the coordinates and a map pops up.
This is what I really wanted. After nearly thirty email exchanges, I haven’t gotten it to function. I am going to give it up now, as I’ve drained one SIM card of money. I didn’t know it would take so many texts to test this thing out.
I’ve only had this tracker for a little more than a week. Just as I was giving up on setting the geofence, the tracker stopped working. Maybe it’s the SIM card? No, I reloaded it with cash. Maybe it wasn’t charged? No, I plugged it in and let it charge until the red light turned off (i.e., fully charged). I took the card out and placed it back in to reset it. It no longer works.
When it did work, it had a huge learning curve, partly because all the programming terms are ambiguous and the English is so poor.
Even after I got the hang of it, I couldn’t tell what was programmed into the tracker, except by looking back at the texts. If we’re playing around with it trying to get it to work, it’s hard to tell what’s on and what’s not.
I think I’ll keep my other tracker. The competitor may require a subscription, but it has a geofence and doesn’t require much learning.
This product was provided for review by Mambate.