Tile Mate may have lead in its impressive Tile Pro series, including smart and stylishly designed key detectors that have ability to make loud alarms with-in 200-foot range so that your keys will never be left behind again. The Tile Mate may not have the bells and whistles of its more expensive siblings, but it still does an excellent job of keeping tabs on your keys. It has a two-way finding feature that lets you use the Tile Mate to locate your missing phone. It’s the key finder to get if you’re not looking to spend more on a gadget.
What’s New with the Tile Mate?
The major modification as of previous versions of Tile’s key trackers is the Tile Mate’s size. At 1.3 x 1.3 x 0.2 inches, the Tile Mate is noticeably smaller than the 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.2-inch Tile Gen 2, which makes this model a better fit on your key chain. It brags an 88-dB alarm, which is a part softer than the 90-dB alarm on the older version, though not anything. You can choose from among four alert noises with the Tile Mate and the button on the Mate that you press when you want to find your phone is now outlined in grey, making it easier to spot.
Incidentally, Tile includes another tracker in its portfolio, the card-shaped Tile Slim, which is 0.9 millimetres thin, making it better-suited for tucking into a wallet. The Tile Slim has the same countryside as the Tile Mate, although its range was more limited.
How the Tile Mate Performs
As with other key trackers, you attach the Tile Mate to your key chain — or any other object you don’t care to lose — and use Bluetooth to connect the Mate with your phone. Install Tile application on your Android or iOS device that lets you sound the alarm on any object you’ve misplaced. Tap the Find button in the app, and the Tile will start playing a jaunty tune until you tap the Find button again. A map built into the app displays the last location where you’re Tile was logged; though don’t expect a detailed view.
Tile has revamped its companion app, which you use to control any of its various trackers. The latest appearance is a bit messy for my taste, loaded down with tips and options when really, the main purpose of the app is to reunite you with your lost stuff.
The Tile Mate’s range remains among the best of the key finders they’ve tested. I was regularly capable to sound an alert as far 74 feet away though I had trouble hearing the alarm past 55 feet in a crowded city park. The Mate was a little erratic when re-establishing a connection with my phone, but typically, I could reconnect within 40 to 50 feet of the tracker.
If you can’t find your Tile Mate, you can mark the device as lost. You’ll get a notification should the Tile Mate ever come back within range, and a crowd-finding feature lets other users help you locate any missing objects, though that feature rest on on other Tile-toting operators being truthful, and located in the vicinity.
Tile’s two-way tracking feature, added a few years ago, is still a welcome part of the Tile Mate. Just press the lone center button on the Mate, and your phone will sound an alarm that keeps playing until you unlock the phone or launch the Tile app.
As with previous Tiles, the Tile Mate’s battery have to last about a year before it turns out of juice. You can’t replace the battery, but I’m less bothered about this than I was with the original Tile, as the company has a fairly robust Tile replacement program in place. If the battery on your device was going useless, Tile sends you an email with a deal to upgrade to a new device at a discount. It’s a bit of a hassle not being able to pop battery instead, but at least Tile’s regular hardware updates mean you can generally expect an improved version of the device.