When it comes to pet activity and GPS trackers, Whistle 3 and Link AKC are some pretty big names. But which one comes out on top in a side by side comparison?
Let’s dive into the details about these activity trackers to help make your decision a little bit easier.
Whistle 3 vs. Link AKC — Things in Common
GPS Location Tracking – The Whistle 3 and LINK AKC allow you to track your dog anywhere in the US as long as there’s a stable AT&T cellular connection. Both leverage, GPS, WiFi, and Cellular technologies in order to keep you apprised of your pet’s location and warn you when they leave a safe location.
3D Accelerometer – The Whistle 3 tracks your pet’s activity using a free app on your smartphone. The accelerometer calculates the intensity as well as the duration of any activity from your pet. By customizing the app using your pet’s breed, weight, and age, you can set goals for keeping your dog active and healthy with the aid of the accumulated data.
Just like the Whistle 3, the Link AKC keeps track of your pet’s activity using a built-in 3D accelerometer.
Monitor Activity 24/7 – The Whistle 3 keeps track of both your dog’s daily activity and rest, giving you a 24/7 picture of their health and helping them stay on track according to their age, weight, and breed.
The 3-axis accelerometer accurately identifies different intensities in movements throughout your pet’s day, and an artificial intelligence system can actually figure out what actually qualifies as “intense” for your dog in particular. This personalized data helps ensure that the activity it suggests is tailored specifically to your own pet.
Water Resistance – The Whistle 3 is waterproof with an IPX7 rating. This means your dog can trek through mud, rain, snow or even full immersion in water without any issues. You shouldn’t leave it in water for hours, but in day-to-day use it’s quite durable.
The Link is certified water-resistant up to 3 ft.
Connection – The Whistle 3 and Link AKC both use a combination of Bluetooth, WiFi, and Cellular signals to let you know where your dog is at all times.
Localization – Due to their reliance on AT&T cellular signals, the Whistle 3 and Link AKC are only available in the United States at this time.
Whistle 3 vs. Link AKC — Differences
Difference #1: Monitor Sleep – With the Whistle 3, you can easily track both activity as well as their sleep – being informed immediately if there are significant changes. This helps you keep an eye on your pet at all times of the day rather than just when they’re active.
The Link only tracks activity, leaving you in the dark when it comes to your dog’s health during rest.
Difference #2: Trips – The Whistle 3 allows you to follow your pet’s location over the last 24 hours in order to give you an accurate picture of where your pets have been. After setting specific “safe places,” you’ll be automatically informed both when your pet leaves and when they enter a trusted location.
The Link AKC focuses more on the trip itself than the destination, giving you tools to enjoy the adventures with your pet. With the ability to take and automatically edit relevant photos within the journey and the automatic plotting of a map, you’ll be able to look back fondly at the time you’ve spent with your dog.
In terms of automatic tracking, the Whistle 3 comes out on top. However, the Link AKC’s unique Adventures feature is definitely impressive in its own right.
Difference #3: Remote Turn on Light & Sound – When your pet is out and about at night, there’s always the danger that they could be injured by an animal or a vehicle. With a remote turn on light, you can ensure that your pet is easily seen while wearing the Link AKC. A build in sound option allows you to use the collar in training as well, as dogs generally respond well to that sort of feedback.
The Whistle 3, unfortunately, does not support either feature.
Difference #4: Temperature Alerts – Another unique way in which the Link AKC keeps your dog safe is through temperature alerts. You will get a notification whenever your dog is in an environment that may be either too hot or too cold. This allows you to take action as needed to keep your dog healthy and comfortable.
Difference #5: Battery Life – The Whistle 3 is much more battery efficient than the Link AKC, lasting up to 7 days on a single charge. The Link AKC, on the other hand, needs to be charged at least once every 3 days.
Difference #6: Design & Fit – The Whistle 3 is designed primarily for dogs, but will also work with pretty much any other animal you can stick a collar on. They do recommend, however, that it be used on a dog that weighs at least 8 pounds. It connects to a collar up to 1 inch wide via a twist and snap attachment that is secure while also easy to remove when it’s time to charge. In terms of design, the Whistle 3 is available in black, green, or blue.
The Link AKC is a little different, being a collar in and of itself. There are multiple sizes available, and with the company’s Puppy Guarantee, you’ll be able to upgrade to a larger collar a single time within a year of purchase. This allows you to use the collar on puppies without worrying about having to purchase an entire new device once they are fully-grown. The collar is only designed for use with dogs, and there are size options for any pup 10 pounds or heavier. The Link AKC is available in Sport (Black) or Leather (Brown).
Difference #7: Subscription Plans – Both the Whistle 3 and Link AKC require a subscription due to their reliance on cellular signals. They differ, however, in the features that the plans offer.
Whistle 3 charges around $10 per month, but you can reduce that cost by up to 30% by purchasing an annual or biannual subscription.
Link AKC has an identical payment plan in terms of price, but the subscription also offers access to a 24/7 pet poison hotline, the size guarantee mentioned above, and a 3-year limited warranty.
Whistle 3 vs. Link AKC — Comparison Chart
|Whistle 3||Link AKC|
|GPS Location Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Monitor Activity 24/7||Yes||Yes|
|Records Trips||Yes from device’s GPS||Yes from device’s GPS|
|Remote Turn on Light & Sound||No||Yes|
|Water Resistance||Waterproof IPX7||Water resistant up to 3ft|
|Designed for||Dogs, Cats, T-Rexes, etc.||Dogs|
|Fits Dogs of Any Size||Any pet over 8 lbs||All sizes welcome|
|Fits Collars||Up to 1″ wide||Any|
|Fastens to Colar||Attachment Piece||It is collar|
|Can be Used with a Harness||No||No|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 days||Up to 3 days|
|Weight||0.92 oz (26 grams)||–|
|Dimensions & Size||1.45 x 1.82 x 0.61 in|
(37 x 46 x 15 mm)
|XS, S, M, L, XL|
|Localization||Only available in the U.S.||Only available in the U.S.|
|Finish||Black, Green, Blue||Brown (Leather), Black (Sport)|
Whistle 3 vs. Link AKC — Accessories
While your Whistle 3 will likely be attached to your dog most of the time, we recommend looking into a carrying case when you have to transport it yourself.
The Link AKC also supports a Collar Accessory Sports Sleeve in either gray or pink that allows you to change up your pet’s look with a protective and reflective covering.
Whistle 3 vs. Link AKC — Our Thoughts
Neither the Whistle 3 nor Link AKC is clearly superior, although they both triumph over the other in certain areas.
If you’re primarily after a GPS tracker and all the benefits that has to offer and can sacrifice sleep tracking, we recommend the Link AKC.
The Whistle 3 doesn’t have quite the same number of GPS features, but the ability to monitor your pet while they’re sleeping in addition to normal activity is a major benefit that gives you a better picture of your pet’s overall health.
It’s easy to see from our comparison that both GPS/activity trackers have something worthwhile to offer. Which one is best truly depends on what you’re looking for.
And if you’re looking for health tracker for your pet we recommend checking out our take on FitBark vs. FitBark 2.