Picture this scene: you are running late getting to work. Just as you are about to leave, you remember you need keys to lock the front door. You look at the regular spot you place your keys, but that spot is empty. You then proceed to tear apart your home until you find them. Sound familiar? Tile wants to help people alleviate this problem with their product that helps you track down your misplaced items. They asked me to review a Tile Slim to see how well I am able to find my lost items. You can also check out our other reviews of the Tile Sport Pro Series and the Tile Style Pro Series.
How Does Tile Work?
How does Tile work? It works by attaching a Bluetooth tracker, or Tile, to your keys, wallet or just about anything you tend to lose very often. You would then use the Tile app to activate the device on these items, making a selected tune until you locate it. Parked your car in a crowded shopping mall parking lot and you don’t have a clue where you parked? If you had placed a Tile device in your car, use can gain, even if their phone is on silent mode.
The set up for this Bluetooth tracker was really simple. Here are the steps I went through to activate my Tile:
- Download the app onto my smartphone
- Enable Bluetooth use on my smartphone
- Set up my account details with the information required
- Activate my Tile by pressing the Tile button in the center of the tracker
- Place my tile beside my smartphone in order for my phone to recognize it
- Select a ringtone so I would know what sound to recognize
- I added my wallet to the app so it would know that this is place I am going to keep this Tile
Playing Tile Hide and Seek
Now here comes the fun part: Playing Tile Hide & Seek! I had my eldest daughter hide my wallet. I then fired up my smartphone to let Tile help me track down my wallet. During the set-up of my Tile, I chose to use “Auld Lang Syne” as my Tile’s ringtone so I knew what it would sound like when looking for it.
Once she had hidden my wallet with the Tile tucked inside of it, she gave me the green light to find it. I hit the Find button on my phone. I then heard my Tile ringing. I then listened for the sound until I found it! I then turned it off so the tune would stop.
One of the best features of this product is its size. It is small and thin, so it really was easy to put in my wallet without much of a fuss. I did not notice any difference in the weight of my wallet when carrying it around.
I also really enjoyed how easy Tile was to set up. It took about 5 minutes from the time I took it out of its box to activate it. The whole process was a breeze. The sound of the ringtone once you were about ten feet or so was loud enough that you knew you were close by, but not piercing to hurt your ears. The hardest part about this review was trying to find my wallet when my kids hid it!
Tile Slim Concerns
There are a few aspects of Tile that I have a bit of an issue with. One of these things is that there are only five ringtones for users to choose from. It would be great to have a larger selection of tunes to choose from for more personalization and the chance that someone else in your home is following the sound of the same Tile tune.
The other issue I have is the battery life of a Tile. Tiles do not need to be charged. This means that it will last for so long before the Tile will go silent. I spoke with a Tile representative and was told that they last for about one year. When this happens,
How I liked Tile Slim
I genuinely enjoyed testing Tile. It was easy to set-up and activate, and easy to find when I “lost” it. I also like that I am able to use my Tile to locate my phone when I misplace it around my home (which is often). It is also very slim, so it can easily fit into a lot of the things I carry with me every day without taking up a lot of space. Finally, the Tile Community is a great idea to help find your lost items along with others for people can find what they have lost, too.
Disclaimer: I received products from Tile in order to conduct this review. The views I shared are my own.