This is an apple air tag and this is a tile mate.
Both are Bluetooth tracking devices that you attach to an item to keep your dibs on it or if you lose it, find it and as similar as they may seem.
They are actually quite different.
Tile has been around for years and fundamentally hasn't changed much.
You can use a tracker along with the tie app to find your keys, phone and other items nearby or locate a missing item.
That's Far away with tireless community.
Apple debuted its air tag in April at its giant spring virtual event.
And at a basic level, it does pretty much the exact same thing.
But there are a lot of differences to go through.
And let's start with size tile offers a handful of models, each a different size and thickness.
There's the $20 tile mate which is about the size of a couple of poker chips stacked.
There's the title Pro, which is a slightly bigger mate that has a longer Bluetooth range and costs $30 it's probably the most similar to an air tag in terms of features.
Then there's the tile slim, which is a credit card sized option meant for wallets and that cost $25 Also $25 is the title sticker and that is probably the closest in terms of size to the air tag.
It's actually a little bit smaller.
Apple makes one version of the air tag and it costs $29 or 99 for a four pack, it has a rounded white classic front which you can engrave for free on Apple's website and a stainless steel back but the biggest selling point for the air tag Is Apple's find my network, which is made up of hundreds of billions of Apple devices.
And in April Apple opened the network up to third party companies to use to track items like bikes and headphones.
And well this will just increase the number of devices on the Find my network and make it even more robust.
Tile doesn't list.
And the exact number of how many devices or people are on its network.
But on its website tile shares that there are over 10 million tile trackers sold and in cities like New York and San Francisco, tile claims that there is a tile user every block.
But what if you don't live in New York or San Francisco?
I'm staying right now in Greenville, South Carolina and.
Well, it shows that there are over 1000 tile members nearby.
Look, Apple has the clear advantage here in terms of nearly a billion devices that can locate your air tag versus the over 10 million on tiles network and look, here's why.
Let's say you lose your keys but have an air attack attack.
You put the air tag into lost mode and you can even enter a contact number if you want.
And as soon as someone with another device on the Find my network like an iPhone comes within Bluetooth range of the air tag it will communicate securely and anonymously with that iPhone in the background.
To update the location of your los keys tile offers a similar functionality with a notify when found mode in its app, and any phone, Android or iPhone that has the tile app on it.
And that comes within range of your last tile will update its location.
Look, in terms of setup, without a doubt, the air tag is comically simple to set up, just bring it next to your iPhone, iPod tag or iPad and a small Connect window pops up at the bottom.
It's just as easy as setting up AirPods.
Tiles setup is a bit more involved, but Going from a phone without the app on it and without a title account takes just a couple of minutes.
And that brings me to the operating system conundrum using the find my app only works on IOS iPad.
Pad OS, Mac OS and iCloud.com.
But what if you have an Android phone or Windows computer?
Well tile works on Android, iOS and Windows via an app and I should also note that both air tags.
And title have serious support but only title support to Google Assistant.
When it comes to durability the air tag is rated ip 67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it can survive being submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of one metre.
Make sure you check out my pal Lexi's a VDS video where she washed Dropped and froze in air tag.
The Tile mate and pro are only able to survive a splash or quick, accidental drop in water.
But the tile sticker and slim are able to withstand splashes and being submerged under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Title claims the mate and pro will last a year on its battery and the slim and sticker will last three years.
The mate and the pro use a replaceable battery.
The air tag also has a replaceable battery which should also last a year.
One factor that sets air tags apart from tile is a feature called Precision Finding, which works with Apples U1 chip and it's ultra wideband technology.
You can activate Precision Finding from the find my app by tapping the fine button.
An interface pops up showing you how many feet away your air tag is and what direction to walk in order to find it.
Precision finding only works with the iPhone 11 and 12 generations of Apple phones in terms of attach ability.
I know that's not really a word.
The tile make and pro, each have a key ring hole, making it easy to attach to a number of items without the need for a case.
The air tag does not have a key ring hole and yeah, sure you can slide it into a backpack pocket or a bag, but otherwise you need to buy a case to attach it to keys and other items.
And Apple sells some rating from $29 The $39 which instantly doubles the price of the air tag, just to be able to attach it to something.
And I won't even get into the 300 to $350 Hermes or Irma's AirTag case.
I mean, clearly you have money if you're buying that.
But I guess you could always just use tape.
But here's where Tyler's selection of trackers.
If you want to put a tile mate or an air tag in a wallet, there's got to be a bone and it's bad it's it's gonna be awkward.
Instead, I can use a tile slim and put it in my wallet and it still looks and feels like a normal size wallet.
But I should note that the slim is about the thickness of a security card.
Which is like a thick credit card.
The AirTag has a cool discovery feature.
So let's say you lost your keys but you had an AirTag attached.
If someone finds your keys, they can use their phone, if it has NFC, and tap it against the AirTag and be brought to a website that shows them a contact phone number, if you left one.
And this works with both iPhones and Android phones with NFC.
So if you have Google pay or Apple Pay, you have NFC.
Now one of the titles most celebrated features is the ability to double press the title button on the tag itself to make your phone ring, even if it's in silent mode.
The air tag has a feature to deter people using it to track another person.
When the air tag has been away from its paired iPhone for three days, and alarm will automatically play to help someone locate the unknown air tag.
And if you're an iPhone user, the same three days separation will trigger a notification that there's an unknown air tag that has been traveling with you from place to place over time.
These features are not foolproof, but title doesn't offer any such safety against unwanted tracking.
Now, that being said, Both tile trackers and Apple air tags are designed to track objects in items, not people.
And also there are not GPS trackers at the end of the day, which one is better?
Well, no surprise here.
If you're an iPhone owner and have other Apple devices that makes a lot of sense to get an air tag.
And if you're an Android or windows user, Tile is likely the best choice, though Samsung owners should also consider the galaxy smart tag.
Now, if you need flexibility in terms of attaching a tracker, or different sizes or color options, tile offers more products and more choices making it system more versatile.
Pun not intended Look, now I wanna hear from you guys.
What do you think about tile trackers and Apple air tags?
Which one would you get?
Or do you own either?
And if so, I'd love to hear your experiences using them.
Throw your thoughts in the comments.
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