Tile Slim

DE­VICE TRACK­ING AIMED AT YOUR WAL­LET.

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WHEN THE ORIG­I­NAL Tile came out (Gen 2), we were very im­pressed with it and even con­sid­ered it to be the best de­vice­track­ing gad­get around back in Au­gust of 2015, and here, our ma­jor crit­i­cism of its bulk has fi­nally been shed.

Tile Slim has the same tech in­side as Gen 2, but this time, it’s the thick­ness of two credit cards (2.4mm) — that’s less than half the depth of the older model of key fob. While the older tiles are more suited to your key ring, the Tile Slim is aimed at your wal­let or an in­ter­nal bag pocket. The slim de­sign does mean that it’s sig­nif­i­cantly wider than be­fore (an ex­tra 17mm), but un­der most cir­cum­stances, we didn’t re­ally see a prob­lem with that.

When it comes to func­tion, the Tile Slim’s fea­tures are iden­ti­cal to Gen 2, ex­cept the deci­bel level of its speaker is slightly lower — due to the slim­line na­ture of this prod­uct, no doubt, but not sig­nif­i­cant enough to crit­i­cise, given that 82 deci­bels is still loud.

Aes­thet­i­cally, the Slim is a big im­prove­ment, with its stylish tex­tured front, and a sil­ver but­ton for pair­ing and sound­ing an alarm on your iPhone. Slim is a great gad­get, but it should cost the same as Gen 2. The app is still what makes Tile worth buy­ing into, though, and it’s con­tin­u­ally be­ing im­proved.

$45; TILE four-pack,SLIM $140 thetileapp.com Blue­toothCRITICAL SPECS4.0; 82dB alarm; 54mm x 54mm x2.4mm; 9.3g

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