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Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

Price at time of purchase.

$66
$299
$99
$499
$439
$449
$410
$485
$410
$497
$667
$414
$497
$434
$429
$565
$389
$280
$200
Type
Type Expand to view more details.

All personal alarms we tested came in either a watch (worn around the wrist) or pendant (worn around the neck) design.

Pendant
Watch
Watch
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Pendant
Watch
Pendant
Watch
Pendant
Watch
Test results
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

This overall score is made up of: reception and tracking (50%) and ease of use (50%). Voice call and geofencing are assessed, but they aren't available with every product so they don't contribute to the overall score.

Ease of use score (%) Expand to view more details.

We assess the user manual, email and telephone support and SIM insertion, where necessary. We also assess configuring, activating an SOS, recharging, using the buttons, the shape of the device and whether it is easy to grip and carry.

Reception and tracking score (%) Expand to view more details.

We test their mobile network reception, GPS accessibility, and battery life to find which ones perform the best.

Voice call score (%) Expand to view more details.

We call to and from the device, to test whether the voice quality was clear and loud enough to hear. "Not applicable" means they don't have this feature.

Geofence score Expand to view more details.

Old models tested under a pass/fail methodology. New models were assessed for their effectiveness, which is why they have a score. These results do not contribute to the overall score. "Not applicable" means they don't have this feature.

Active standby hours (claimed) Expand to view more details.

As with any device powered by batteries, personal alarms only have a limited amount of time before needing recharging.

Active standby hours (measured) Expand to view more details.

We measured battery life using the most power-hungry settings on each device. The times listed here represent the extreme end of usage.

Comments
Good points
Bad points
SOS voice calling process
Not found
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Calls each number in turn, round robin, until one answers.
An SMS text is sent after the SOS call or fall alert and only goes out to the contacts who have been called. If the first person answers, no one else receives a text message
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers
Sends SMS messages first, and then calls each contact in turn
Calls each number in turn, round robin, until one answers
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers
Calls each number in turn, round robin, until one answers.
SMS only. No voice call from pendant
Sends SMS message first, and then calls each contact in turn until one answers.
Contact voicemail handling
not applicable
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers per SOS voice calling process
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers per SOS voice calling process
Contact must press 1 on their keypad to accept the call from the pendant
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers per SOS voice calling process
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers per SOS voice calling process
not applicable
No settings for voicemail. Will simply call all contact numbers per SOS voice calling process
Features
Charging cradle Expand to view more details.

A charging cradle is useful because it makes it obvious the device needs to be plugged in.

not applicable
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Low battery warning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not specified
Accept incoming call Expand to view more details.

Does the device accept incoming calls?

No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Auto-answer from call to device Expand to view more details.

Will the device auto-accept an incoming call? This would be useful if the user has fallen or is unable to move but able to speak.

not applicable
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
not applicable
Not specified
No
Yes
Alarm clock
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Fall detection Expand to view more details.

Activates if the device falls rapidly which then triggers an alarm to a contact.

No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Non-movement alarm Expand to view more details.

Sends an alarm to a contact if the device doesn't move for a specified amount of time.

No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Relocation alarm Expand to view more details.

This is where you can set the device to tell you whether it has moved. Sort of the opposite of the non-movement alarm.

No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
Speed alarm Expand to view more details.

If the device starts moving rapidly, say by the wearer getting into a car or train, it creates an alarm to send to a contact with this information.

No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Dedicated emergency call button
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Dedicated emergency SMS button
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
User maintainable phonebook
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Specifications
GeoFence type Expand to view more details.

Geo-fencing allows you to set up a virtual fence and alarm for when it is crossed.

not applicable
Radial
Radial
not applicable
not applicable
Radial
Radial
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
Polygon
Radial
not applicable
Polygon
Radial
not applicable
Radial
Radial
Polygon
Water resistant Expand to view more details.

As claimed by the manufacturer. Look for a higher second digit in the IP rating which indicates better protection.

IP67
IP54
Not specified
IP67
IP65
IP65
IPX5
IP67
Weatherproof
IP67
IP67
IP67
IP67
IP67
IP67
IP67
IPX5
IPX5
Not specified
Configuration mechanism Expand to view more details.

If you need to configure the device, what options does it give you? SMS, app or website?

App
App
App
SMS
SMS
SMS
SMS
SMS
SMS
SMS
Website
SMS
SMS
SMS or app
App
SMS
SMS or app
App
App or website
Maximum number of contacts Expand to view more details.

Look for a personal alarm with the capability to define more than one contact. The more contacts you have, the more useful it is in case the first contact is away from their phone.

Unlimited
Unlimited
3
8
5
5
5
8
5
5
6
5
8
3
3
8
2
5
6
Telco we tested on
Telstra
Telstra
Optus
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Optus
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Telstra
Optus
Vodafone
Telstra
Optus
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Telstra
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Vodafone
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SIM size
Not specified
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
Micro
Not specified
Micro
not applicable
Nano
Micro
Nano
Micro
not applicable
Micro
Nano
Nano
Micro
Micro
Not specified
Dimensions (mm, HxWxD)
89 x 52 x 15
58 x 45 x 15
58 x 43 x 16
66 x 48 x 20
61 x 44 x 16
77 x 50 x 21
62 x 45 x 17
66 x 48 x 20
77 x 50 x 21
62 x 45 x 17
64 x 39 x 19
62 x 45 x 17
66 x 48 x 20
62 x 45 x 13
56 x 40 x 17
66 x 48 x 20
57 x 42 x 16
62 x 45 x 17
59 x 39 x 16
Weight (g)
64
56
54
63
43
80
42
63
80
51
55
42
63
42
60
62
48
42
53
User-replaceable SIM
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Origin
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
China
Not specified
China
China
China
Contact
abibird.com.au
allmytribe.com
drtechlove.com.au
guardiansp.com.au
guardiansp.com.au
guardiansp.com.au
keeptrackgps.com.au
keeptrackgps.com.au
keeptrackgps.com.au
livelifealarms.com.au
mcarewatch.com.au
medialarm.com.au
medialarm.com.au
mindme.com.au
mindme.com.au
nationalhealth.com.au
nuttag.com.au
nuttag.com.au
tictoctrack.com.au
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