Review: Tile, Helps You Locate Your Items

Tag Tile
Tile on Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Recently I was able to get my hands on a Tile Gen 2 and because of how cool it was I actually purchased two more for my mom and girlfriend. For my mom, it couldn’t have come at a better time as she lost her keys 2 days later, and thanks to her Tag Tile she found them an hour later when she retraced her steps, 10 blocks from her home a block from the church she was attending a mass at.

What Tile tag does is allows you to keep tabs on your keys, bike or anything else you can attach your Tile tag too. You can even use the Tile Tag to find your missing phone. A feature that helps me all the time.

How the it works is, it connects to your phone’s Bluetooth connection and uses your phone’s GPS to tag its location. Every so often it updates the location and as soon as you open the app it connects to the tag via Bluetooth provided it is within range and updates its location as well. If it’s not in range of your phone and it’s indeed lost you can select the Tile that is missing in the App and tap the icon of the Tag Tile to start locating it. The closer you get the fuller the circle becomes. If it is lost and nowhere near you, someone else who uses a Tile may find it with their phone by simply walking by it and a notification will be sent automatically to you with its location. I haven’t experienced a 3rd party finding my lost item, but it’s good to know that others can find it for you. Below are some screenshots from the Android App.

The only thing I that was somewhat concerned about with the “missing feature” is when I marked my Tag as lost it would tell me there were 800 – 1083 (number varied) users near me. Which may sound like a lot but considering I live in NYC and on my block there are probably 1000 people that isn’t many users.

Another cool feature is with the new Tile 2.0 you are able to find your phone if it’s missing. Either from the App on another phone or from the Tile itself. All you have to do  is double click the “e”. Check the video below to see how it works.

Overall Tile is great, but it has one huge downside. Once the battery dies you have to get a new one. You do get a discount, but it would be cheaper to replace the battery.

For information on how to download the app and get your own Tile click over to thetileapp.com.

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Amazon does have a deal on them for 4 for $70.

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Michael Reyes

30 something-year-old living in New York City. A passion for technology and writing. Published one book working on two mores.

2 thoughts on “Review: Tile, Helps You Locate Your Items

  • November 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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    Is this worth Getting if you have an android?

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    November 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    I mainly tested it on Android and it worked great. So yes I think it’s worth a get. There are other options like TrackR but I haven’t used that one.

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