Tile updated its line of trackers today, introducing some new features that make it even more competitive with Apple’s own AirTags. The new features will also make it a lot easier for users to find lost keys and other devices that the Tile is attached to. We also compared the two AirTag and Tile trackers in case you’re interested in our results.
The Tile Pro has a Bluetooth range of 121 meters and a new design in a key chain look. It can be attached to keys, has a louder ring and is waterproof and dustproof according to IP67. The Tile Mate has also received a new design update and also has a longer battery life of three years.
The Tile Mate, Sticker and Slim trackers have also received an improved Bluetooth range of up to 76 meters, are also louder and have IP67 water and dust resistance.
The “Lost and Found” network has also received an update and now supports QR codes, which can be found on the back of every Tile device. If a lost Tile device is found, the person can scan the QR code to get the owner’s contact details and contact you to return the lost items. All Tile devices are equipped with the new QR code, with the exception of the sticker.
Oddly enough, Apple’s Lost AirTag has a very similar feature that allows users to scan the AirTag using the NFC feature. While Tile was inspired by it, it’s great to see additional features that users can use to return and find lost devices. The benefits are great for the end users.
For unwanted tracking of addresses, Tile will also introduce a “Scan and Secure” feature that will help anyone with the Tile app to detect nearby Tile devices. The function will be available for Android and iOS in early 2022.
Additionally, Tile will next introduce the Tile Ultra-Tracker, which uses both Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband technology that allows for more accurate tracking. The Tile Ultra uses “point and locate” searches and even offers an AR view with arrows to help users locate lost devices. This will be very similar to how AirTags work on iPhones.
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