Testing GPS Tag (Tile)

Author: 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.

 

In this report, we share our test results of using Tile.

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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.

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