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Tile (Gen 2) review

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  • Tile (Gen 2)

The second-generation Tile improves upon the first with support for Android devices and the ability to find your lost phone, in addition to any other belongings you attach it to.

- Timothy Torres, PC Magazine 


This Bluetooth tracker has the best features and range—and is the only one worth purchasing.

- Florence Ion , The Wirecutter 

Specs / Features


Buy More, Save More: Just $17.50 per Tile when you buy a 4-pack. | Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds your phone, keys, and anything you don't want to lose-in seconds. | Attach a Tile to an item and locate it by sound, by seeing its last known location on a map, or by marking it as "lost" and getting an alert when it's found. | Find your phone! Simply press Tile to make your lost phone ring-even if it's on silent. | Keep track of phones, tablets, keys, wallets, luggage, purses, backpacks, cameras, remote controls, kids toys, and more.

Buy More, Save More: Just $17.50 per Tile when you buy a 4-pack. | Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds your phone, keys, and anything you don't want to lose-in seconds. | Attach a Tile to an item and locate it by sound, by seeing its last known location on a map, or by marking it as "lost" and getting an alert when it's found. | Find your phone! Simply press Tile to make your lost phone ring-even if it's on silent. | Keep track of phones, tablets, keys, wallets, luggage, purses, backpacks, cameras, remote controls, kids toys, and more.

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Overview
Brand Tile
Release date -
Warranty Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Colors
Dimensions [H x W x D] 3 x 3 cm (1.2 x 1.2 in)
Weight Unknown
IP Rating
Power & Battery
Removable Battery
Rechargeable
Battery Life No
Connectivity
Bluetooth Range
NFC
Features
Alarm Sound
LED Lights
Vibration Alert
Additional Features
Reviews summary section

What's good

  • Loud speaker (90 decibels)
  • Great range (150 feet)
  • Phone finder
  • Quick signal finding
  • Water-resistant IP5 rating

What's bad

  • Non-replaceable battery
  • Bluetooth range limitations compared to GPS
  • Lack of proximity or direction notifications in finder interface

The first generation Tile was a smashing success in both its crowdfunding efforts and reviews. Now Tile is back with an updated version of its Bluetooth tracker with support for both Android and iOS devices.

Is it worth the price and, more importantly, does it work well? We scoured the best reviews on the Internet to find a verdict.

You won’t find a ton of bells and whistles on the Tile. It is a simple white square with the Tile logo across the front and a small hole to attach to your keychain. Tech Advisor noted, “It's not too big to attach to a keyring, but at around 5.5mm it's twice the thickness of an average key and wider than most car key fobs.”

Reviewers loved the design of the fob, with PC Magazine calling it “sleek and well-designed.” GeekDad described it as, “thoughtfully styled to be modern, yet unobtrusive.”

The only remotely negative comment we could find on the looks and design of the Tile (Gen 2) was from Android and Me. They stated, “The Tile unit itself feels well made; it’s sleek and pretty. I wish there was a black Tile, because my white unit got dirty pretty fast.”

Fortunately, with its IP5 water-resistance rating, you could likely give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth if the appearance bothered you.

Reviews on performance were equally positive. Everyone loved the app’s straight-forward interface and simple pairing. Most commented on the range being the best of many Bluetooth devices they had tried. PC Magazine praised how loud the speaker was on the fob, noting that it was surprising for such a small device. Android and Me said, “I wish more things could be as simple as Tile and work as well.”

One area of question in most reviews was the Tile’s Community Find feature. Typically, the Tile uses Bluetooth to find your Tile. However, if you’ve lost your item away from your home or office, the Community Find uses other people’s phones to help you find your device.

Many reviews were quick to point out that this feature will only work well if you live in an area with many Tile owners.

Finally, a lack of replaceable battery means you’ll need to completely replace your Tile after roughly one year of use. This was the trade-off for the water-resistant design. Fortunately, Tile offers special upgrade pricing if you send your old Tile in and most reviews agreed that prices were fair.

Overall, reviews of the new Tile are positive. Tech Advisor summed up opinions well, stating, “If you're the sort of person who's always losing their keys around the house, Tile is ideal. For keeping tabs on your child (if that's what you want to do), a GPS tracker makes more sense.”


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