Testing GPS Tag (Tile)

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jun 26, 2014

$20 for a device that will find the locations of lost or stolen objects. That's the potential of a startup, Tile, that has crowdfunded more than $2.5 million worth of orders.

We were one of the first backers / purchasers and recently received our Tiles.

 

$** *** * ****** that **** **** *** locations ** **** ** stolen *******. ****'* *** potential ** * *******,****, **** ****************** **** $*.* ******* worth ** ******.

** **** *** ** the ***** ******* / purchasers *** ******** ******** *** Tiles.

 

** **** ******, ** ***** our **** ******* ** using ****.

[***************]

Vendor ********* *******

*** ***** ***** ***** shows the ******* ****** ****:

Product ********

***** *** ***** *** thick. ***** ***** ** loop ******* * ******* or ******** ** * television ******, **** *** bulk ** ******** ******* like **********. ***** *** ***** overview ** *** ***** below:

***** **** **** *** cut ******-***** ******** **** allows *** ******** *** tags ***** **** *******, although *** ************* *** not **** ********* *** leave ******** ****** **** removed. 

******* ***** **** * Year

**** *** ** ******* by * **** **** battery *** ******* ****** will **** ***** * year. *** ******* ** *** field replaceable *** *** **** is ******, *******. ***** this ** * *** weakness, ** **** ***** the **** ********** *** sealed ******* **** *** dirt.

*** *****:

**** **** ********* *.* (* ********* *** ****** standard) ** ********* *** location. *** *** ************ **** **** *** *** tracking ******* ********* ******* - ***** ******** ** handled ******** ******* *** Tile *** *** *** (up ** ~*** ****) over *********. *******, ** the **** ** *** of ***** ** *** app, ** ****** ** other ****** ***** ***** with *** *** ** ********* **** Tile. *** *** ***** up *** ***** ** range, ********** ** *** owns ****, *** ********** their ******** ** ***** owners **** ** *** are*** ****.

***********

** *** ***** *****, we *********** *** **** and *** ** ***** with *** *** ** indicate ******** ******* *** pinpoints, ************ (**: '**** is within ***'* ******'), *** audible ******:

*** ******** ******** ***** be ****** ** **** takes *** *** ** a ****** ****** **** many ***** ** ******* populated *****. *******, ***** users *** ***** ****** where **** **** ***'* popular ***** **** *** units ** **** ** good ****** ***** ** their **********.

** *** **** ****, the **** ************ (***** range) **** ********, *** the *** *** ********* were ****** **********, ********* pinning ********* ** ***** away **** *** ****** target.

Issue #1: *********** ****

**** ** ******* ** is *** **** ** replacing ***** ***** *** year, ** *** *** ** the ***-*********** *******'* ****. In ***** *********, *** company ********** **** ******** would ** ******* ** the ***, *** *** company ***** **** * pre-paid ******** ** **** back **** ***** *** new ****.

*******, *** ******* *** not ******** *** **** of ********. ***** *** company *** ****** *** replacement **** *** ** discounted *** *** '***' price ** $** ****, it **** "**** ************ *** ****** to ** ********** *** customers, *** ***** ** are ***** ** *********** ***** *** ***** cost ** *** *** determined."

*** ******* ******** **** ******** this ***** ***** **, *** cost ** ********* ********* would ***** ** ** expense, *** **** **** swap **** *** ***** for ***, ******* ******* during *** ********.

*** ****** **** ******: Tile **** *** ** a ***-**** ********, *** the **** ** ***** policy *** ******* *** exchange **** **** ****** off.

Issue #2: ***** ****

** *** ******* ****, the **** *** ** only ********** **** *** devices. ***** ***** ********* like ******* **** '**********' ******** that **** **** *****, **** *** not ******* ******** ** supported. *** ******* ***** the ***** ******* ******* does *** ******* *** standard ************** ** ********* 4.0 *** **** *** work ****** *** ******* methods ** ******-*** *************. 

*** ******* ****** ******* support ** **** ****** for *** ******, *** no ******** ******** *** been *****.

Limited ***********

**** ***** ***** *** people *** ************** ******** things ****** *** **** like *** ****, *******, or **** ** *******. However, **** *********-***** ***** tracking *******, **** ** not ****** *** *****-**** or ********** *** *** tracking ****** **** ****** packages, ********, ** ******* trailers. 

******** ***** *** ********* periodically **** **** ***, or *** ***** *** something **** ****. ******* its *** ******** **** equipment ******, **** ***** panels ** *********** ****** doors, ** **** *** keeping **** ** ****** tools ** *********, ***** is ******** ** ***********, independently ******* ******** ****.

*************, ****** *** **** the ******* *** *** willing ** **** **** the ****-***** *** ************, you *** ** ************. Even ************ **** ********** ** ***** *** ****** ******, ***** the **** ***** ***********, or are ** ***** **********/ fundraising ***** **********.

Comments (12)

While ideal to loop through a keyring of sticking to a television remote

Is it justa case of an 'of' that shoulda been 'or' ?

Thanks Jim. Fixed.

Hi Brian,

What is the longest distance you have tried tracking between the Tile and the app with say few walls in between them?

When the unit's batteries were fresh, I could read at about 175' (50M).

Now, after about 8 weeks of sporadic use, this range is about 80' (25M).

I am able to connect through two brick and 4 or 5 drywall sheathed inside walls at these lengths.

I also updated my iPhone to 7.1.2 during this time, and one of the systems the update addressed is the BLE module, so I am not sure if this affected range also.

Thanks for the update. I dont think I will buy ones given how fast the range degraded over a few weeks

Android does not support the standard implementation of Bluetooth 4.0...

Bluetooth 4.0(LE) supported in Jellybean 4.3 as of a year ago.

Tile does not support Android. Whether this is because Jellybean's BLE implementation is 'not standard' (as Tile has claimed in the past), or whether Tile is just slow in supporting it, the bottom line is they have not released an Android app yet.

From Tile's Blog:

An update with the new devices and features would be nice. :)

Which aspect of the "Pro" series are you interested in?

Tile claims to have expanded range to 200 feet and increased the tag's beeper volume.

Have you seen Jiobit Child GPS Tracker Tested? I can see cheaper GPS tags becoming very popular, and given the range restriction goes away, ultimately more useful.

I just read the articles (Jiobit and this) and thought that it would be nice to read the "new' things like android app, etc. This is almost a 4 years old article, and a new reader would appreciate the update. That's it :)

Tile claims to have improved the app UI (including android support like you mention) and the tag designs to be smaller and modestly longer range, but fundamentally the biggest gripe/criticism of Tile remains: you have to buy replacement tags at least every year.

I think it is the inconvenience of replacing the whole tag and enrolling new/uninstalling old is a hindrance. A field-replaceable battery would be great, but that would disrupt Tile's business model.

I think it's not completely valid. As far as I know tile replacement is very easy. On the other hand 10 million unit was sold and the community search tool is nice as well.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Most Recent Industry Reports

Sighthound Transforms Into Enterprise AI Provider on Jun 14, 2019
Sighthound is now rapidly expanding its R&D team, building an enterprise AI service. This may come as a surprise given their origins 6 years...
ADT Eliminating Acquired Brands, Unifying Under 'Commercial' Brand on Jun 14, 2019
ADT is eliminating the brands of the many integrators it has acquired over the past few years, including Red Hawk, Aronson Security Group (ASG),...
NSA Director Keynoting Dahua and Hikvision Sponsored Cybersecurity Conference on Jun 13, 2019
The technical director for the NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center will be keynoting a physical security cybersecurity conference that is...
Farpointe Data Conekt Mobile Access Reader Tested on Jun 13, 2019
California based Farpointe Data has been a significant OEM supplier of conventional access readers for years to companies including DMP, RS2, DSX,...
Embattled $400 Million China Funded Philippines Surveillance System Proceeds on Jun 13, 2019
An embattled 12,000 camera surveillance system project that will cost ~$400 million will proceed.  The project contract was awarded, had its...
False Verkada 'Unrivaled' Low Light Performance Claim Removed on Jun 12, 2019
Verkada falsely claimed that it delivered 'UNRIVALED LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE' until IPVM questioned. In fact, Verkada's low light performance is...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
The 259 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It includes our manufacturer favorability rankings and individual...
Camera Course Summer 2019 - Register Now on Jun 12, 2019
Register for the Summer 2019 Camera Course.  This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology...
Favorite Wireless Manufacturers 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
Many wireless options exist for video surveillance but how are integrator's overall favorites? 170 integrators answered the question: What is...
Carnegie Mellon AI Startup Zensors Profile on Jun 11, 2019
Zensors is a startup formed by Carnegie Mellon graduates from a Carnegie Mellon research project, offering customized models per camera that they...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact