Back in the day, when we constantly lost our keys or remotes, we wished for a device that could help us find them quickly. Well, guess what? The big phone companies finally heard our prayers and gave us Bluetooth trackers! These little gadgets make life so much easier. But now comes the challenge of choosing the right tracker for your needs. In this blog post, we will compare two popular options: Tile and Apple AirTags, to help you make the best choice.
After reading this comparison, you’ll know exactly what to go for.
First, let’s talk about one of the most important factors when choosing a product.
AirTags cost $29 each, or you can get a pack of four for $99. On the other hand, Tile offers a range of products at different prices. The Tile Mate is $24.99, Tile Slim is $34.99, Tile Sticker is $29.99, and the premium Tile Pro goes for $34.99. So, when it comes to price, the Tile options are generally more affordable compared to AirTags.
You can attach the tracker to anything you want; no problem there. But let’s focus on smartphone compatibility. Tile trackers work with both Android and iOS phones. However, Apple AirTags can only be used by iPhone users, specifically those running iOS 14.5 or later.
So, if you like to switch between different smartphone brands, whenever a new fancy one comes out, Tile trackers are perfect for you. They work across other platforms.
Tile trackers come in various styles and sizes to suit different needs. The Tile Mate and Tile Pro have convenient holes to hang your keys easily. They look sleek and classy in black or white colours. Alternatively, you can toss them in your bag. Meanwhile, the Tile Slim is designed like a credit card, perfect for fitting into wallets, purses, passport holders, or even ID card slots. And the Tile Sticker has an adhesive edge, allowing you to stick it to anything from TV remotes to glass cases. It’s the most versatile option. On the other hand, Apple AirTag is a small circular device that you can stick to your belongings or put in a bag or wallet. You can also attach it to a keychain. So, if you’re willing to spend more and prioritize convenience, Tile trackers are the way to go.
When it comes to monitoring accuracy and range, AirTag takes the lead. It has a feature called UWB (ultra-wideband) support, which makes tracking more precise and reliable.
Bluetooth trackers rely on their network of users to help locate lost devices. Apple has its ‘Find My’ app on all their devices, meaning a broader network of users than Tile. Tile requires installing their app on your phone to become part of their location network. In addition to its app, Tile uses Bluetooth and a network of third-party users to find your lost items. While AirTag might find your device within 30 minutes, Tile could take around an hour for the same task.
AirTag has UWB, which gives you directions to find your device within a range of 10 meters. Tile doesn’t have this feature; it tells you if your device is nearby. However, Tile has some exciting features of its own. For example, if you lose your phone, you can tap the Tile logo or the button on the Tile Sticker to make your phone ring. So, Tile can be used not only to locate your belongings but also to find your phone. Lastly, both brands offer a similar feature. If someone finds your lost tracker, If someone comes across your lost tracker, they can scan the QR code on the back to find your basic details, like your name and phone number, so they can contact you and return it.
Now, let’s talk about security because it’s a big concern. AirTag takes some measures to address this. Only the owner can set up an AirTag, and if an unknown AirTag is frequently travelling with you, you’ll receive a notification on your phone. And if you’re not using an iOS device and an AirTag is in motion near you, it will start making a loud sound to deter potential theft. Tiles, on the other hand, are still working on their security features. However, their app has a Scan and Secure feature that allows Tile users to check if an unknown device is trying to track them.
To sum it up, Apple AirTags are the way to go if you’re an iPhone user. They offer efficiency and additional features like UWB tracking. But if you’re not tied to a specific platform and prefer a more affordable option, Tile Bluetooth trackers are your best bet. They offer a variety of designs to fit different needs, and their network of users can help you locate your lost items. Remember that Tile may not be as precise as AirTag regarding tracking accuracy and range.
So, consider all these factors and make your decision based on what suits your needs and preferences. Happy tracking!
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