Is this Pokemon Go accessory the perfect add-on for Pokemon Go Trainers?
I recently got my hands on a review unit of the new Pocket Auto Catch Plus from the fine folks at Brook. The Pocket Auto Catch Plus is the perfect way for Pokémon Trainers to play Pokémon Go, on the Go. It can be set for all different functions and looks like a stylish wristwatch. That being said is this the “ultimate accessory for the Pokémon Go trainer” like the box says?
The first time you use the Pocket Auto Catch Plus, you’ll have to give it an initial charge. The instructions that come with the unit say a full charge takes approximately an hour and the battery lasts approximately 12 hours .The first time I gave it a full charge, it felt like it didn’t take an hour, it felt much quicker than that. All you have to do is hook it into a USB port and presto; you’re charging the Pocket Auto Catch Plus. The display is very easy to see/read as the white wording on black screen comes off as a bold print.
The initial set up is pretty straight forward as it is pretty simple to hook the Auto Catch Plus up to your Pokémon Go account/device. However, it can have issues pairing with your device from time to time so keep an eye out for that. There were a few times where I did notice it having an issue pairing with my phone but it didn’t take too long to fix it. I just followed the instructions to fix the minor issue that pops up here and there.
I mentioned prior that the wrist strap is stylish and it doesn’t even look like you’re playing Pokémon Go. Some people who play Pokémon Go everywhere don’t want to bring attention to it so this strap is a nice touch. However, putting the device in the strap is hard to do as it feels like it’s never going to fit. I had to use some elbow grease to get the Pocket Auto Catch Plus into the cutout on the strap. Again the included instructions show you how to get the device into the strap but it doesn’t do a good job showing what direction the strap in the diagram is facing.
The display is sharp on the Pocket Auto Catch Plus and it needs to be as there are quite a few modes you can set your device to. You’ll have to keep an eye on items while playing since you’re catching everything; you’re bound to run out of Pokeballs. That being said, you’ll get a notification on screen when that happens. There are plenty of modes like auto-catch Pokémon, auto-catch new Pokémon, or auto-spin the Pokestops when you walk by them. One of the better notifications is when the Auto Catch Plus alerts you of Pokestops near you. Not having to take out your phone to spin a Pokestop is a real blessing. You can also set it to vibrate to notify you of things going on so you’ll never miss anything.
Let’s talk about functionality of the Pocket Auto Catch Plus. If you want a device that allows you to go about your day, not worrying about having to look at your phone to catch Pokémon and spin Pokestops, then this is the accessory for you. My brother and I have used these types of auto catchers in the past and this one is one of the best ones out there. The strap feels comfortable, sleek and doesn’t bring too much attention to it. If it told the time, this would be the perfect watch. The display is easy to read and easy to cycle through the various modes. There will be time to time where the Auto Catch Plus loses it’s pairing with your device but it’s pretty straight forward pairing it back up. That happening every so often and having a tough time getting the Catch Plus into the strap were the only issues I had with it. It’s these reasons that I’m giving the Pocket Auto Catch Plus from Brook an 8.5/10. I would like to thank Brook for the review unit.