Tile mate vs Tile pro: Which Bluetooth key finder is right for you? – The Independent

The Apple AirTag may have brought possession trackers and key finders into the spotlight since its arrival in 2021. But these devices have actually existed for years, with market leader Tile arriving on the scene back in 2012, almost a decade before Apple’s arrival.

There have been many generations of Tile over the years, and the company has expanded its product line to include Tiles that stick onto your possessions, plus credit card-sized Tiles designed to slip into your wallet or purse.

The size and shape of these trackers vary, with more expensive Tiles blessed with louder speakers and more powerful Bluetooth. Some have replaceable batteries, and others don’t, with the latter consigned to the recycling bin after a few years.

We’ve been testing the Tile pro (£24.99, Tile.com) and it’s cheaper alternative, the Tile mate (£14.99, Amazon.co.uk), which are both new for 2022. But which is better? We pitted the two Tiles against each other to help you decide which is best for you.

Before we get started, it’s worth reminding readers that Tile trackers work with both iOS and Android handsets, unlike the Apple AirTag which is only compatible with the California company’s own devices.

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How we tested

Instead of intentionally losing our keys, we attached them to each of the Tile trackers tested here. We then used the app to find them and tested how well the Bluetooth connection worked, and how loud each speaker was. We then put each of the Tiles in our car and parked a few streets away from home – and away from our smartphone – in a bid to test the abilities of the Tile network. We can also confirm that both the Tile mate and Tile pro survived being dunked into clean water.

Want to see which one prevails in our eyes and gain some insight into which tracker you should invest in? Check out our comparison below.

Tile mate

Buy now £14.99, Amazon.co.uk

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Bluetooth range: Up to 76m
  • Battery: Up to three years, non-replaceable
  • Colour options: Black and white
  • Water resistance: IP67
  • Dimensions: 37.8 x 37.8 x 7.1mm

Being a small, square device with a button on its front and a hole for attaching to your keys or bag, the current-generation mate is closest to the original Tile device. It has rounded edges and a matte finish that looks smart, but be warned, it scratches quite easily. That said, this is a product designed to spend its entire life attached to your keys, so the reality is that it is going to get scratched and there’s not much you can do about it.

The integrated hole is a small detail, and an obvious feature, but something that elevates Tile trackers above the Apple AirTag, which doesn’t have a hole – instead, you would have to purchase a holder, which then attaches to your keys or bag. It’s clear that Tile puts function ahead of form, and the mate is all the better for it.

As with the brands other products, this has a single button on its front. This is first used during the setup process, and once that is complete a double-press of the button rings your Bluetooth-connected …….

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/gadgets-tech/tile-mate-vs-pro-bluetooth-trackers-b2058039.html


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