Tile Pro Se­ries


TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ DAVID CHARTIER ]

TILE IS A small de­vice you can at­tach to or place in­side an item you want to keep track of. Its as­so­ci­ated smart­phone app can lo­cate the Tile, or make it play a sound for you to find. It can even help if you’re out of range, by us­ing its net­work of ex­ist­ing users to anony­mously pin­point your stuff and get you hap­pily re­united.

The Pro Se­ries’ Sport and Style mod­els fea­ture an im­proved 60m range, a louder speaker and wa­ter­proof­ing — so prac­ti­cally noth­ing can get in the way of this de­vice do­ing its job. Setup is sim­ple, but our first Tile un­for­tu­nately 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 Pyr­mond café for three hours, de­spite hun­dreds of other Tile own­ers also be­ing present in Syd­ney. (Maybe our taste in cafés is just that unique?)

The app also in­sists on al­ways-on ac­cess to your smart­phone’s lo­ca­tion to sup­port a fea­ture that al­lows your Tile to lo­cate the phone. This fea­ture means that, while you would nor­mally be us­ing the Tile to lo­cate it and what­ever it’s at­tached you, it can ac­tu­ally be used in re­verse as well, if you’ve mis­placed your phone. But when test­ing on iOS, even though we chose the op­tion of ‘When Us­ing the App’ in Set­tings, 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 — sadly fell short for us. The bot­tom line for this de­vice is that it’s promis­ing but it has some frus­trat­ing flaws.

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