The Good The LBT PocketFinder is extremely easy to use, requiring little to no interaction by the wearer. The included gel cases and clip are attractive without drawing attention to the device's purpose. Web and iOS apps give users access to up to 60 days of location history and unlimited location requests.
The Bad Annual operating costs are higher than those of competing devices.
The Bottom Line The PocketFinder is the simplest to use of the personal GPS locators that we've tested, requiring no interaction from the user on a day-to-day basis, but you'll pay a bit more in the long run for that.
LBT PocketFinder personal GPS locator
The PocketFinder personal GPS locator by Location Based Technologies is an unassuming device. It's basically a small lump of white plastic with no buttons, no lights, and no obvious purpose. However, inside are an accurate GPS location antenna and an always-on connection to the Internet. Attach this device to something (or someone) that you'd like to keep tabs on and you'll always know where it is in the world. This could give you a bit of extra peace of mind in the event that your dog leaves the yard while you're at work, a child or person with special needs wanders away during a shopping trip, or your laptop case goes missing from the local coffee shop.
The PocketFinder locator device itself is rather small, measuring 1.625 inches wide by 2.25 inches tall with a thickness of about 0.625 inch. It tips our scales to the tune of a mere tenth of a pound (1.6 ounces), so it is definitely very pocket-friendly. The PocketFinder is devoid of controls or indicators. There is no power switch or reset button. The only distinguishing features are the embossed PocketFinder logo on the front of the unit and, on the back of the unit, a sticker that carries the device activation number and two flush metal contacts that connect the PocketFinder to its charging cradle.
The PocketFinder is always on and, as I'll discuss shortly, all of its settings are handled online. The unit's body is completely sealed and is waterproof, dust-proof, and shockproof. LBT tells us that the PocketFinder could be run over by a car and suffer no ill effects, but we decided not to test that claim.