Over the past couple years, several other pet GPS and activity trackers have hit the market. All claim to be able to find your pet and track your pet’s activities, but each tracker is different and many cut corners on crucial features, or hide flaws deep in tech-spec pages. Here are 4 key features that set Pip apart.
#1. Battery life.
No other true GPS tracker on the market can match Pip’s battery life. This is thanks to our innovative firmware that puts the device into low-power mode whenever possible. Pip’s 60 day battery lasts nearly 10 times longer than the next leading tracker on the market. This not only helps ensure you have enough charge if your pet ever goes missing, but it also means you won’t have to worry about forgetting to charge your device every week!
#2. GPS Refresh time.
One way that other trackers are trying to cut corners is by limiting the GPS refresh time. This feature is one that you’ll have to dig deep to find. Companies make it hard to find, because they want you to think that you are getting “real-time” GPS tracking, but in reality many of them don’t refresh for minutes at a time. Here is a link showing Whistle’s 3-minute refresh time, tucked away on their support page.
Unlike other trackers, if you are tracking your pet with Pip, your pet’s location refreshes every time your pet moves, regardless of the time interval. If your pet is moving super fast, we’ll be sending you location updates as fast as we can. On top of that, our predictive fluid tracking interface in our app, allows you to see a predicted course that your pet is taking between updates.
#3. The cellular network.
The cellular network that sends the location data is extremely important in the performance of a tracker. If the tracker has no service, it can’t send you its location, making it worthless. In order to appeal to a world market, most GPS trackers use the 2G GSM network, which is the global standard. In the US, these GSM trackers can only send data over AT&T or T-Mobile towers. Unfortunately, in January 2017 AT&T shut down their 2G network and many trackers that relied on are now either unable to connect at all, or must connect to T-Mobile’s 2G network (T-Mobile 2G coverage map).
To ensure that Pip will work in the most places in the US, we have partnered with Verizon, America’s most reliable network. Pip is one of only a handful of devices (of any kind) that has been certified to send data over their robust and reliable network. While Verizon has coverage in nearly all areas, be sure to double check the coverage map to make sure you have coverage in your area.
#4. Hang off the collar.
Nearly every other pet tracker on the market requires a separate piece / dongle in order to get their tracker onto your pet’s collar. While they will claim that this makes it easier to take the device on and off the collar, the reality is that they do it to make the tracker look smaller. While that’s nice for photos and spec sheets, the tracker isn’t any good unless it’s attached to the collar and these attachments all add bulk and make the device less secure on the collar, because there are now two potential fail points: the attachment gizmo can come disconnected from the collar, or the tracker can get disconnected from the gizmo.
Pip’s all in one design solves the bulk and security problem in one. First, by splitting the design in half and having the collar go through the middle, Pip is able to have minimal “hang” off the collar. This means that Pip is less likely to get snagged on a tree branch, or pulled off during play. Second, by keeping the design inclusive, there are fewer fail points, making Pip more likely to stay secured on the collar.