I have used the standard version and really like it. Guy and Dan both used it in Tajikistan on the Marco Polo hunt and it performed well. Brandon used it in Alaska on this episode of BTG. A tool worth using for sure.
I have the mini. Can't say much about it as I'm still dealing with the "technically challenged" part of my personality. I carried a SPOT for years, and figured that the mini would be an upgrade. Link it to your smartphone and the texting becomes a lot easier. I have it with me whenever I'm in the bush.
I Have the full size, have used it for years. As Rick said I have mine bluetoothed to my cell phone and text off of it. I set up my plan and do the unlimited texts during season and then deactivate it. I have found that clouds, rain and snow interfere with it also trees, can block it. Steep canyons can also affect it. It may not be instantaneous but the next time you use it it might be. It can be noisy at inopportune times. My wife texts me more than I text her is why I use the unlimited plan. The older model is heavier than the Mini should be. Good luck and God Bless
Got a mini last year just to keep wife content and to get messages out to friends and a packer. Worked well. As mentioned above weather does affect its signal. But it did save our group close to 8 miles of hiking , just cause we got a text to another in our group, who was coming in late to the trip
My buddy has the standard Inreach. It worked very well/ we had no idea the weather in Montana was going to go to crap last week. He received a text from a buddy telling him. Well we came out after seven days and everyone was gone. Weather did go to crap. The weather was supposed to be perfect when we hit the trail. I use a spot and it has been great but I will upgrade for next year. He just activates his for a few months out of the year. It is a minimal cost maybe $30 a month for the 40 text option.
I bought a mini and it worked great in Alaska! It will be with me on every western hunt from here on out. I’m loaned it to a friend who is doing his first western/elk hunt in a few weeks and he’s been using it before he leaves. Plan to update him on weather too. Even though Garmin gives you basic weather