DEVICE TRACKING AIMED AT YOUR WALLET.
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