If you gave this to a kid (or anyone for that matter), they might not understand the nuances or realize that their message has been sent. And with no audio capabilities, there’s no backup communication option.
On to the next issue with these buttons: push notifications didn’t come through right away. There’s about a one-minute delay. And here’s what really bothered us—if we missed the push notification, it totally disappeared. There’s no record of any of these button-presses in the app.
That’s why we don’t trust the GeoZilla as an interactive tracker. There’s just no guarantee that your child is going to push the buttons right, that the device will send the messages in a timely manner (or at all), and that you’ll see the push notifications when they come through.
For the most part, the GeoZilla gave accurate GPS readings. But it wasn’t perfect. I had it on my desk most of the time, and occasionally I’d get a notification saying the tracker was “moving near Home.”
I also set up a geofence for 500 feet around my home. (You can’t make custom geofences—only a few pre-set distances are available, of which 500 feet is the smallest.) The app informed me that the GeoZilla had left the geofence despite it still being right there on my desk. That means it was off by more than 500 feet—yikes.
Other times, I’d check the map and see that my GeoZilla was roaming around in a neighbor’s yard a full block away. I’d be worried if I still had it strapped to my dog’s collar—but sure enough, it was on my desk.
And yet GeoZilla pinpointed my precise location when I was sitting in the drive-thru line. So while it does provide some spot-on GPS readings, it’s not consistently accurate.