The new Tile Mate is a 25% smaller replacement to the original Tile
posted by Joe M. / Oct 11, 2016, 3:32 PM
A little over a month ago, Tile formerly introduced the Tile Slim. The Tile Slim was the successor to the company's original Tile that first launched back in 2014, and the Slim's main goal was to provide all of the same features that the original Tile introduced but in a much slimmer package. Where the original Tile proved to be great for attaching to your keys, camera, backpack, or purse, the Tile Slim was shown off as the perfect companion to slip into your wallet, passport, or laptop. Today, Tile is taking the wraps off of the Tile Mate - the newest member of the Tile family that will be replacing the Tile Original.
Right off the bat, the most notable aspect about the Tile Mate is the fact that it's 25% smaller than the Tile Original. That might not seem like a huge deal on paper, but in person, the reduction in size is quite substantial. And, unlike the Tile Slim, the Tile Mate features a pre-drilled hole in the corner - similar to the Tile Original - that will allow you to easily attached it to a pair of keys, backpack, or any other item of yours. These are essentially the same use cases that the Tile Original set out to meet, but you'll now be able to track all of these items in a body that's three-fourths the size of the Original. For those wanting a bit more detail, the Tile Mate weighs in at 6.1-grams whereas the Tile Original had a weight of 8-grams. Additionally, the Tile Mate's dimensions come in at 34mm x 34mm x 4.65mm compared to the Tile Original's dimensions of 37mm x 37mm x 5.3mm.
Aside from the reduction in size, the Tile Mate functions pretty much exactly how past Tiles have worked. The device connects to your phone via Bluetooth for its original pairing. If your Tile is connected to your keys and you can't find them in your house, the Tile Mate will connect to your phone via Bluetooth through the Tile app to located them. The Tile Mate will continue to ring until you locate your keys and confirm your discovery of them on the app. However, if your keys (or anything else your Tile is connected to) happen to be out of Bluetooth range of your phone, there's no reason to fret. Through the Tile app you're able to leverage the power of the Tile community to help you locate your lost item, and considering the fact that Tile has sold more than 6 million units and operates is over 200 countries, the community is actually quite a bit more powerful than you may think.
Tile has sold more than 6 million units
In addition to using your phone to track your lost items that the Tile Mate is connected to, you can also use the Tile Mate itself to find your phone if you lose it. Double-pressing the middle of the Tile Mate will force your phone to ring - even if it's on silent mode - until you locate it.The Tile Mate comes equipped with 4 different ringtones and features IP5 standards.
The Tile Mate is available for purchase starting today from Tile's website and retails for just $25 (or $70 if you want to get a 4-pack of the trackers). Additionally, Tile has also introduced the Combo 4-Pack that includes 2 Tile Mates and 2 Tile Slims for $90. The Tile Mate will be available from Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, Target, and Verizon starting tomorrow - Wednesday, October 12.
Tile Announces "Tile Mate" -- the World's Best-Selling Bluetooth Tracker, Redesigned and Smaller Than EverThe New Tile Mate Joins the Recently-Released Tile Slim in the Tile Product Family SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 11, 2016) - Tile Inc., the smart location company with the world's largest lost-and-found network, today announced its newest and smallest Bluetooth tracker yet: Tile Mate®. Tile® continues to provide consumers with cutting-edge solutions to help them locate the things that matter to them most. Joining the recently-released Tile Slim® in the company's product family, Tile Mate is the next iteration of Tile Original, the world's best-selling Bluetooth tracker. Smaller, lighter and more versatile, Tile Mate builds on everything consumers love about Tile. Designed with a convenient hole for attachments, and 25% smaller than Tile Original, Tile Mate fits seamlessly into consumers' everyday lives. Just as Tile Slim was purpose-built for wallets, Tile Mate is the perfect go-with-anything companion to hook onto keys, purses, luggage and more. Consumers will now be able to purchase both products together in the new Tile Mate and Tile Slim Combo Pack. "With Tile Mate and Tile Slim, we continue to push the design of our products to bring consumers peace of mind in multiple shapes and sizes. In combination with our app and smart location network, Tile Mate and Tile Slim work together to help people find their keys, wallet, phone, just about anything," said Mike Farley, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Tile. Tile carefully considered every detail of both Tile Mate and Tile Slim to achieve new levels of style, function and performance, all while making the products as compact as possible. The products were designed in partnership with award-winning design firm fuseproject, founded by renowned designer Yves Béhar. Boasting a thoughtful, simple aesthetic, Tile Mate and Tile Slim have a minimal, clean design with a smooth, matte feel that allows them to work with a wide variety of items. "Tile Mate and Tile Slim were designed with the user in mind; by working closely with Tile's product team, we were able to make the products as compact as possible, while adding subtle exterior details and finishes to showcase the quality of these products," said Yves Béhar, founder and Principal Designer at fuseproject. "The multitude of expanded use cases these two new products provide takes Tile's core proposition to a whole new level." Tiles are simple and easy to use. Customers can ring their things with one of Tile Mate's four preset ringtones, or use it in reverse to find their phone -- even if it's on silent. They can also see the last place they had their item on a map, and if the item has been moved, they can enlist the power of the Tile community to help them find it. "Tile has built the world's largest lost-and-found network, spanning more than 200 countries and territories and locating more than half a million things every single day. We have sold more than six million Tiles -- a testament to our best-in-class design and reliability," said Farley. In addition, Tile recently announced the Tile Smart Location Platform, which makes it possible for other companies to give their own products the power of smart location. Tile technology is already being embedded into products like the Nomad PowerPack, EcoReco scooter and Zillion wallets. Tile Mate retails for $25 each, or $70 for a 4-pack, and is available online today from Tile. It will be sold in retailers nationwide including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, Target and Verizon beginning on Wednesday, October 12. Consumers can also purchase the new Tile Mate and Tile Slim Combo Pack of 4 Tiles available online today for $90 from Tile. ABOUT TILE Tile gives everything the power of smart location. Tile's devices, network and mobile app work together to help people locate the things that matter to them most. Tile's global community spans over 200 countries and territories, and helps people locate more than half a million items every day. The Tile Smart Location Platform makes it possible for other companies to embed location into their own products. The company is based in San Mateo, CA and is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, GGV Capital and Khosla Ventures. Tile is a top seller in retail stores and is sold online around the world. For more information, please visit TheTileApp.com.
Pebble's core will be much better than this, especially since it has 3G is about the same size. The core is definitely much thicker. But it also has GPS, WiFi as well as Bluetooth. Plus it has a 32 bit CPU with 4 gb of store and 512 MB of RAM. It fits nicely on your key chain. You can even track it if it's on the move.
It is more expensive of course. It is $70 for only one.
Not worth it!!! Sometimes you can get a deal on the tiles for 18 each. And they work great! I'm not putting a $70 tracker in a wallet that never has more than a few bucks in it. I only need it to locate the keys or wallet when I'm at someone's place/party, or rushing out of the house.
I guess I like to keep it simple.
But thanks for the info
It is secretly linked to anyone who ever has an app - so you can ping the location using anyone's device that has the app installed. In my experience - there seldomemanyoke who has an app installed - so its best used to find your items around the house.
I always said they should just have this technology as part of iOS or android that supports "tile" as a third party accessory.
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