I would like to share a heartwarming story. Recently after a great night out, a pal left her week-old EVO in a taxi. Just as she slipped into a phoneless depression a cab riding hero came forward and reunited her with her Android, saving the day and hundreds of dollars.
Tragically, not all phone losses end happily ever after. We need to protect ourselves. One of the popular phone security options in the market is Lookout Mobile Security which features a device locating feature in addition to anti-virus and data backup. Lookout uses your data connection to locate your device however the issue with this method is if you use your phone in one of the major metropolitan areas with sometimes poor data coverage this may not be sufficient.
So does it work? Sort of…when tested without GPS, it put my phone over 40 blocks from the actual location (with a disclaimed accuracy of 500 meters). The fact that my phone was at home but was located three miles away would cause an unnecessary panic attack had I merely misplaced it in my apartment. With GPS activated, Lookout’s precision was almost to the exact building which is great news if I remembered to turn on GPS before forgetting my Nexus in a bar.
So if you’re looking to find your phone, Lookout is as effective as google latitude. There are other options (Mobile Defense, iTag, etc.) that offer more robust location features such as the ability to unlock/lock the keypad or monitor remaining battery, and utilize text instead of data which seems to be more reliable. Regardless of what app is best for you, they all require your phone to be on and not wiped so install SOMETHING and act fast if you want to be rejoined with your most important accessory.