Tile vs. TrackR – Duel of the Best Wireless Trackers
A foreword about trackers
Trackers, or “key-finders” are relatively new to the market, but their value is undisputed nevertheless. Even though these contraptions are quite plain in nature, there are some that are good, some that are bad, and there’re only a handful of models that could bear the title of the best.
We’ve all been in those inconvenient situations when we lost keys of our home or car, and, naturally, we’ve spent quite some time and nerves trying to find them. With the technology advancing at such a rapid rate, people have devised a way to completely eliminate this problem – by using a wireless key-finder, you’ll never have to worry about it ever again.
The main purpose of this review is to compare Tile’s item finder with TrackR Bravo wireless tracker – both of these finders are excellent for the cash, but people still argue about which one is better. I’m here to show you “which and why’s”.
Tile vs. Trackr – why should you consider these trackers?
Simply put, losing your keys can be pretty harmless, but, more often than not, that’s not the case. If you’ve misplaced or dropped them somewhere in your home, you will have to invest some time, but you will eventually find them. On the other hand, what if they’re completely lost, without you having any options to find them whatsoever?
Needless to say, everyone should have a tracker handy – even if your car doesn’t cost millions of dollars, your security could be seriously endangered should you lose the keys to your home. On top of that, most trackers are fairly inexpensive. For mere $50 (or slightly more), you could save plenty of time and, more importantly, you’ll always know where your valuables are.
Comparing Tile’s tracker and TrackR wireless key finder is no small task. Both of these models serve the same purpose, and there are only a couple of details that make them slightly different. Nevertheless, these “details” are very important when performance comes into play, so let’s start with:
The Bluetooth range of a wireless tracker is the first indicator of its performance. Namely, the larger the value, the better it is at finding your keys. It’s quite important to note that most budget trackers feature a Bluetooth range of approximately 25-50 feet, which is quite fine, but not nearly as good as the range of Tile’s tracker or TrackR’s key finder.
So, in summary, a high Bluetooth range is highly recommended. You won’t much use of a tracker with a small range, as you’ll end up chasing your keys in a very inconvenient way.
Simply put, Tile’s tracker works up to two hundred feet. That’s a huge range which is well above the average. It’s safe to assume that you’ll be able to find your keys regardless of their location without much effort.
TrackR’s wireless key finder works up to a hundred feet, which is only a half of what Tile’s tracker can do. Even though TrackR lost this round, a hundred feet represents quite a ground to cover. You’ll be able to locate your valuables without significant amounts of effort, even though you’ll do better if you chose Tile’s tracker.
Keys tend to get lost in various places, so we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that they’re waiting for you in a puddle, submerged. The “water-resistant” quality ensures that the tracker works even while under water.
Much like water, dust is another serious threat. When a sufficient amount of dust particles enter the locator, it could malfunction. That’s why you’ll need a dust & water-resistant wireless tracker.
For reference, every technological contraption is given a water/dust-proof rating. These ratings are always represented with double digits, the first refers to the mechanical (physical) protection while the second one illustrates the water-ingress protection. It goes without saying, the higher the number is, the better.
The number six stands for “dust tight” in the chart of mechanical protection, which basically translates to completely dust-proof. That means that no amount of dust could hinder the in-built mechanical parts of the tracker.
On the other hand, the number eight stands for protection against complete, continuous submersion in water. No matter how long your keys remain under water, the tracker will still be able to find them. Suffice to say, Tile’s tracker wins this round, as TrackR features a lower rating in this sphere.
The five in the IP57 stands for “protection from the amount of dust that would interfere with the operation of the equipment”. Sufficient protection, I’ll give you that, but still inferior to Tile’s tracker.
The number seven stands for “protection against immersion”. That means that TrackR’s wireless key finder can withstand some time under water, but it pales in comparison to Tile’s tracker.
Sound prompts volume
Nearly every key tracker “beeps” so as to inform you where your keys are. That’s why sound prompts, or sound “beeps” are measured in decibels when we compare the models. The higher the volume of those beeps, the more you are likely to find your keys (or, simply put, the easier it will be to find them).
Tile’s tracker beeps are estimated at 98 decibels. That’s quite a lot, and it’s safe to assume that you’ll be able to hear them from a substantial distance. These beeps, however, may alert others as well, so keep in mind that you can customize the frequency and intensity of the alert volume. Again, Tile wins the round.
TrackR’s wireless key finder beeps up to ninety decibels. Even though this is more than you’ll need, it’s still inferior to Tile’s tracker (which is estimated at 98 decibels).
Weight and design
Weight is not a crucial factor, but a bulky key finder might not be so convenient to carry around regularly. Most people, in fact, get bored or annoyed by large key trackers, so they only carry them every once in a while.
Tile’s tracker features a square design which is 148” by 148” large. That’s hardly convenient, but it’s not bulky per se. Other than that, it weighs 11 grams, which do not appear as much at the beginning, but that weight is considered as heavy by key finder standards.
TrackR’s key finder is a circle-type tracker which is significantly smaller when compared to Tile’s tracker. It’s 103 inches large (in diameter), so it’s safe to say that you’ll feel more inclined to carry it around than Tile’s tracker. Apart from that, TrackR’s key finder is nearly three times lighter than Tile’s tracker, weighing only four grams. This one goes to TrackR.
Batteries and power
Key finders work on batteries, and the only difference between a good one and a bad one (in this field of performance) is the fact that the tracker features a set of replaceable or non-replaceable batteries.
Sadly, Tile’s tracker doesn’t feature replaceable batteries. This came as a surprise to me, given that nearly all other aspects of its performance were impeccable.
TrackR’s batteries are replaceable, but that’s not all – you’ll get a set of free replacements free of charge. This round is owned by TrackR’s wireless key finder.
We came to the last important segment of the wireless key trackers – the price. Even though nearly all models came at a low cost, the price difference can mean a lot.
Tile’s tracker belongs to the upper bracket of the affordable price point category, and can be easily considered as cheap. However, TrackR’s wireless key tracker is even cheaper.
TrackR’s wireless key tracker belongs to the mid-bracket of the affordable price range, and it’s quite cheaper than Tile’s tracker. This is the third round for TrackR.
Tile tracker – pros and cons
- Outstanding Bluetooth range – 200 feet
- Maximal water/dust-proof rating – IP68
- Highly audible alert beeps – 98 decibels
- Large and bulky when compared to TrackR’s key finder – square design and 148” by 148” in size
- “Heavier” than TrackR’s key finder – 11 grams
- More expensive than TrackR
Trackr tracker – pros and cons
- Decent Bluetooth range – 100 feet
- Ideal size and design – 103” in diameter, circle-type wireless key tracker
- Nearly weightless – 4 grams
- Replaceable batteries – you’ll get a bonus set free of charge
- Very cheap
- Low water/dust-proof rating – IP57
- Less audible beeps
The final verdict
If we’re to objectively pit Tile’s tracker versus TrackR’s key finder, we’d need years to decide the victor. After carefully examining all aspects of performance of both models, I’ve finally understood why people can’t decide which one is better.
Subjectively, I liked Tile’s tracker more. It simply excels in more vital fields of performance – Bluetooth range, waterproof rating, alert volume, and such, whereas TrackR’s key finder is better in terms of convenience.