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Is Tile Mate Worth It? (Plus Alternatives You Should Consider)

Last Updated Oct 4, 2021
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With Apple’s Air Tag hogging up all of the attention, it’s easy to forget that Tile Mate came first. It’s enough to make you wonder whether the product is really worth it compared to its competitor.

Tile Mate is more than worth it if you have an affinity for misplacing items around the house or out and about. It does exactly what it claims to do: It helps you locate your missing items, and it does so in a glitch-free, effective manner.

If Tile Mate has one major issue, it’s that it has a lot of “in-house” competition—Tile Mate Pro, Slim, and Sticker—along with competitors such as the Apple AirTag and the Galaxy SmartTag. Read on to learn more about Tile Mate and whether this device is well worth the cost compared to other Tile products and its competitors.

Tile Mate vs. Tile Pro, Tile Slim, and Tile Sticker

There’s a lot of Tiles, which speaks volumes for the company’s overall success with marketing and selling quality products. The Tile Mate was the first out of the box—and that includes Samsung and Apple, both of whom saw that Tile was on to something and decided to join the competition.

Below, we’ll first take a look at Tile Mate, and how it compares to Tile Pro, the Tile Slim, and the Tile Sticker, so you can determine which one is right for you:

 Tile MateTile ProTile SlimTile Sticker
Range (Bluetooth)  150’  300’  200’  150’
BatteryCR1632CR2032Non-replaceable 3-year batteryNon-replaceable 3-year battery

Of course, there’s a caveat when it comes to Bluetooth. Anyone who says that the Bluetooth has a range of over 100’ will be met with skepticism at the very least. Despite Tile’s claims, hundreds of feet of range will never be a practical reality, regardless of which Tile device you’re using. In a blank, empty room, as big as a football field, possibly. In reality, not so much.

That being said, there’s a lot to like about the Tile Mate over the rest of the Tile family. For one, the Tile Sticker and Slim have a non-replaceable battery. Regardless of how long a device will last, knowing that you’ll have to inevitably replace it is a non-starter.

As far as the Tile Pro is concerned, for $10 more, you essentially get an upgraded version of the Tile Mate, so as far as we’re concerned, there’s more than enough reason to choose the Tile Pro over the Tile Mate.

Tile Mate vs. Apple AirTag and Samsung SmartTag

The loyalty of the Android and Apple fanbase is something that can’t be overlooked when comparing a compatible product with products that are exclusive to Android or iOS. However, that doesn’t mean that those products are better or worse—just that they’re exclusive.

The Tile Mate lacks the overall specs in either the Apple AirTag or the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. However, the Tile Mate is universal, while the Apple AirTag works with iOS devices only and the Samsung SmartTag only works with Galaxy phones. (Notice we said Galaxy, not Android.)

 Tile MateApple AirTagSamsung Galaxy SmartTag
Range (Bluetooth)150’400’400’
CompatibilityAndroid/iOSiOSAndroid/Specifically Galaxy phone only

What the Tile Mate does better than either the AirTag or the SmartTag, is two-way location. For instance, if you lose your phone, the Tile Mate will ping your phone to help you find it.

The greatest advantage that Apple and Samsung have is the level of thorough integration with their respective devices that the Tile Mate simply cannot achieve. Apple AirTags leverage the full power and scope of iOS devices, including the Find My network.

  • Apple takes it a step further by using the iPhones of complete strangers to triangulate your missing item’s location. This is all done blindly, with completely encrypted software so that Apple, nor the strangers whose phones are being used, know that it’s happening.
  • The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is similar in that respect, leveraging the tools that are built-in to Samsung Galaxy phones in a superior way to the Tile Mate.

Tile Mate’s greatest advantage is that it is simpler and universally compatible with any Android or iOS device. Plus, it is now compatible with Alexa, so you can pair it to any of your Alexa-enabled devices.

Final Thoughts

The Tile Mate is an ingenious little device that helps you keep track of things you care about most. It may not be the end-all-be-all technology-wise, but it remains an efficient and popular device.

If you’re an iOS or Android user, then you’ll probably find more to like about their respective locators. But don’t count Tile Mate out; it’s a great device that’s more than worthy of your attention, if not purchase.

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