I have had a Tile Bluetooth tracker attached to both my house keys and car keys since last year. We have now been sent the latest generation: The Tile Mate.
In my review of the Tile trackers I did remark that it was larger than I expected it to me. Well, Tile has since then come up with the Slim and the Mate.
The Slim is designed to be slipped in to purses, wallets and the like. The Mate, however, takes over from where the original Tile left off.
Has this shrinking diminished its powers though?
Tile Mate design
The Tile Mate is a direct successor to last year’s Tile, and it refines the design rather nicely.
I think it actually looks better than the original too.
The Tile logo is now in a silver circle on the front.
I am still unsure of white as a colour for something that spends its time in and out of pockets and bags though.
After almost 6 months use, my original Tiles do look used.
The silver button makes it far easier to see where to press to wake up the tile, which is handy from a design point of view.
Tile Mate performance
Even though this tiny Tile is more pocket-friendly, it still works in the same way.
The app is still just as easy to use.
Opening up the Tile app you are greeted by your list of Tiles and their last known locations.
It even shows you a picture of which Tile version is attached to what. As you can see, I now have the little Tile Mate looking after my car keys.
I am still amazed at how loud these little things are. They are definitely loud enough to hear throughout the home, even if buried in the laundry basket.
If the Tile is out of range, a map shows its location the last time it checked in with your phone, and when.
As soon as someone’s phone detects the missing Tile, you’ll get a notification telling you exactly where to go to continue the search for yourself.
Then, as soon as you’re in range, the app will tell you and you can make it sing for your attention.
This is a neat thing. Obviously, this is reliant on how many Tile app users there are in your area.
Here in London, even in Zone 3, it shows between 900 and 1800 users. When I’m in central London at the day job, this number really increases.
The company boasts that there are more than six million Tile units sold worldwide. I’ll take those odds.
Find your phone
Finally, you can also use the Tile in reverse. If you can’t find your phone, double-squeeze the Tile logo and your phone will start ringing, even when it’s on silent.
That’s no different from using Google’s own device manager to do that on Android, or the Find my iPhone facility with iOS, but it is a touch more convenient in a pinch.
Tile Mate review conclusion
Last year the Tile got a score of 8.5 with one of the cons being its size.
The new shrunken version certainly is an improvement in that respect. Unfortunately, the price has grown. Now, this might be due to the Sterling currently swirling around the plug rather than anything to do with Tile. But, this is still a consideration, especially when the Tiles need replacing every year or so.
Tile does offer a discount through its reTile programme. This can get you up to 50% off, according to the site. But you will still have to add this annual running cost in to your budget.
Saying that, the Tile Mate is still a good buy. You just have to treat it like an insurance policy. If you factor in the hundreds or thousands of possible helpers you have at the push of a button to help find your kit – then the price is a bit easier to swallow.
I am happy that my little Tile army is looking after my keys and stuff and am equally happy to recommend the Tile Mate.
Tile Mate price and availability
The official Tile site has everything in US Dollars and offers free shipping within that country too.