Tile Mate Review
App Interface and Functionality
With the Tile, there are actually two main ways to use it. If you have the Tile and can’t find your phone, double-pressing the middle of the Mate will cause your phone to start ringing even if it’s on Do Not Disturb or Total Silence. If you have your phone and don’t know where your keys are (or whatever item your Tile Mate is attached to), going to the Tile app and selecting the Tile you want to find will cause the Tile itself to start ringing. It’s a dead-simple concept, and it proved to work incredibly well.
The Tile Mate uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to your phone, meaning that it’s got an advertised range of up to 100-feet. In my testing, I was able to get every bit of that advertised range, and that’s one of the best aspects for the Mate. However, let’s say that your Tile Mate is completely out of range. What then?
If this happens to be the case, you can hop on the Tile app and go to the included map where it will show you where your Tile was last connected to your phone. If this still doesn’t work, you can tap into the Tile community to help locate your tracker and whatever it’s attached to. This is achieved by harnessing the power of everyone else in your area that owns a Tile themselves, so whenever someone using the app comes within the Bluetooth range of your personal tracker, you’ll get a notification on your phone letting you know where it was located. It’s a really smart idea to the whole lost and found game, and with Tile having sold more than 6 million units in over 200 countries, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a solid community behind you if you need extra help locating your belongings.
As for the app itself, I used it on the Moto X Pure Edition (my daily driver) and I never ran into any sort of performance issues or crashes. The interface is very easy to navigate and everything is clearly laid out and organized. My one and only gripe is the fact that the app doesn’t follow Material Design guidelines, but this is more of a nitpick than anything else.
Losing your TV remote, purse, backpack, keys, and virtually anything else can prove to be extremely annoying. Tile resolved that issue for us a couple years ago, and the Tile Mate builds upon an already fantastic product. The Mate features a lighter and slimmer body than its predecessor, retains the oh-so convenient pre-drilled hole, and even comes with a variety of new ringtones for locating your stuff with style and flair.
The Tile Mate is an incredibly simple product, and while you hope to not have to use it all that often, it’s a true blessing to have when you do find yourself needing to call upon it. The Mate is one of those gadgets that just works, and that’s about the best bit of praise I can give to this thing.
Tile sells the Mate from their official website for just $25, and purchasing a 4-pack of the device will save you 30% with a final price of only $70. The Tile Mate is rated to last one full year on its included battery. Tile’s reTile program allows you to send in your old Tile once the battery does finally die, and the company will not only recycle your old unit, but you’ll also be able to get a new Tile for up to 50% off the normal pricing.
This was my first time using a product such as the Tile Mate, and after having it attached to my lanyard for just about a month, I can’t think of living without it. I haven’t had to actually use it all that often, but when I did find myself needing to use it to locate my keys, it made the whole process so much easier and convenient than it would have been without it. The Tile Mate is a fantastic product that works as advertised, is extremely affordable, and helps make your day-to-day life more efficient.
If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Tile but have held off for whatever reason, now is the best time ever to finally be a part of the ever-growing Tile community.