Tile Pro Series
A trinket for finding stuff
$35 From Tile, thetileapp.com Features Bluetooth, waterproof (4.92 ft, 30 mins)
Tile is a small device you can attach to or place in an item you want to keep track of. Its app can locate the Tile, or make it play a sound. It can even help if you’re out of range, by using its network of existing users to anonymously pinpoint your stuff.
The Pro Series’ Sport and Style models feature an improved 200-foot range, a louder speaker, and waterproofing. Setup is simple, but our first Tile stalled during activation. The second went fine.
Locating a Tile can be spotty. It worked great at home, but failed to alert us to a Tile we had left in a Chicago café for three hours, despite 8,500 other Tile owners also being present in the city.
The app also insists on always-on access to your iPhone’s location, to support a feature that allows your Tile to locate the phone. But even though we chose the option of “When Using the App,” we got frequent prompts to choose “Always Allow.”
If you often lose things at home or work, then Tile is useful. But its most attractive feature – finding lost stuff in the world – fell short for us.
the bottom line. A promising device with some frustrating flaws.