Tile's New Slim Lost-and-Found Tracker is as Thin as Two Credit Cards

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Tile has introduced a slimmer version of its popular lost-and-found tracker that is as thin as two credit cards.


Tile Slim can be attached to MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, passports, and other important items, or placed inside items like wallets and purses, to help you locate them in the event they are lost. Unlike the original Tile, which remains available for $25, the Tile Slim does not have a circular cutout to attach it to a keychain.

By tapping a button in the companion iOS app, the Tile Slim will deliver an audible chime to help you locate an item by sound when it's within a range of up to approximately 100 feet but out of sight. Or, if you lost the iPhone itself, simply tap the button on the Time Slim and the iPhone will start chiming, even in silent mode.


If you still cannot find your Tile-affixed item, you can use the Tile app to check its last known location on a map. If your Tiled wallet comes within range of any other Tile, for example, its location will automatically be updated within the iPhone app.

The tracker uses Bluetooth LE and has a built-in unremovable battery that is rated to last one year, at which point customers can participate in the reTile program to purchase a new Tile Slim for a discounted price of $21, or a four-pack for $84.


Tile Slim is available now for $30, or a four-pack can be purchased for $100. Tile ships to the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and most countries in the European Union, excluding Cyprus, Croatia, and Malta.

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devinstan

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Does anyone know the brand of wallet that was lost in the video? I emailed tile already.
 

Mateo74

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Does it still rely on oh so useless bluetooth within limited range or the hope that there are other tile users in your area?
 

levitynyc

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I've had the keychain tiles for years. Worth every damn penny. Saved me countless amounts of time looking for my keys and my cell phone.

I will buy this for my wallet.
 

Nunyabinez

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Please realize that the tile is $30 FOR THE FIRST YEAR.

I bought the old version and it was good despite its huge size, but the battery is not replaceable and they assume that it will only last a year and discontinue your service after 12 months.

Maybe that should have been obvious to me when I bought it, but I was not about to pay again for something that I ended up using maybe 3 times in that 12 months.
 

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Tile has introduced a slimmer version of its popular lost-and-found tracker that is as thin as two credit cards.


Tile Slim can be attached to MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, passports, and other important items, or placed inside items like wallets and purses, to help you locate them in the event they are lost. Unlike the original Tile, which remains available for $25, the Tile Slim does not have a circular cutout to attach it to a keychain.

By tapping a button in the companion iOS app, the Tile Slim will deliver an audible chime to help you locate an item by sound when it's within a range of up to approximately 100 feet but out of sight. Or, if you lost the iPhone itself, simply tap the button on the Time Slim and the iPhone will start chiming, even in silent mode.


If you still cannot find your Tile-affixed item, you can use the Tile app to check its last known location on a map. If your Tiled wallet comes within range of any other Tile, for example, its location will automatically be updated within the iPhone app.

The tracker uses Bluetooth LE and has a built-in unremovable battery that is rated to last one year, at which point customers can participate in the reTile program to purchase a new Tile Slim for a discounted price of $21, or a four-pack for $84.


Tile Slim is available now for $30, or a four-pack can be purchased for $100. Tile ships to the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and most countries in the European Union, excluding Cyprus, Croatia, and Malta.

Article Link: Tile's New Slim Lost-and-Found Tracker is as Thin as Two Credit Cards
[doublepost=1472658068][/doublepost]It just looks like to original model has been stretched. Thinner - Yes. but covering more space.
 

horsebattery

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There's actually been a couple of other businesses that's been partnering with Tile to include built-in tracking into their products, one of them being Nomad's battery packs.

http://www.hellonomad.com/products/powerpack

This would probably be a better option than re-purchasing new Tiles annually, even with the discounted program.
 

jameskachan

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I have a Tile V2 for my keys, it is absolutely useful and well worth the money (which is a reasonable and small amount) even when reordering. Would reccomend.
 

Makosuke

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$30 for a year seems pretty steep for most consumer things, and there’s no way it’d work for me since literally the only thing I’d put one on--my wallet--already has my phone in it, which does a perfectly fine job of tracking itself in real time and making noise if I lose it.

I could stick one on my laptop, but it’s not away from home enough to justify the cost and it can also ping itself on a map pretty well.

Now, if Apple were to build the mesh-networking functionality of a Tile into Macs from the ground up, and it used either the main battery or a rechargeable ultra cap or something, that might be more useful. The “near another Tile” part would be particularly useful in that case if they were also included in iPhones, since they’re so ubiquitous.
 
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Cougarcat

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I use the keychain Tile and kind of bummed that it looks like it won't get an update this year. I suppose there is little they can do with it (no new Bluetooth standard) but I'd like a black option. The white gets kind of gross/discolored stuffed in a pocket all the time.

It's still huge. Get it down to dime size and you'll have something.
That would dramatically reduce the battery life, rendering it useless.

I love this concept, but it's hard to justify $30 for only one year. They'll either have to figure out how to extend the battery life or cut the price significantly to get me to bite.
The reTile program makes this slightly less painful, though I agree it's the worst thing about it. The nice thing about the program is that you'll always have the latest version of the Tile. It's a bit unfortunate though that the replacement for this one costs $21. It's $12 for the keychain version.

Does it still rely on oh so useless bluetooth within limited range or the hope that there are other tile users in your area?
How do you think it should work instead? It always displays the location where you last saw it, so range isn't the biggest deal.
 
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Tile Slim* can be attached to MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, passports, and its small, undetectable size can be used to track your significant other, stalk Jodie Foster, case a home, and for the teenagers out there keep live tabs on your parents to avoid any awkward "Honey, we're home early" moments.
If you still cannot find your ex- errrr, Tile-affixed item, you can use the Tile app to check its last known location on a map.
*Tile Slim and its parent company are not held legally responsible for misintended use. Not legal in 21 States including California.
 

grblade

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I've actually been looking for a slim wallet tracker, so this is perfect timing! I lose my wallet in my house from time to time, so order placed! I've had 2 of the regular Tile trackers on my keys and I've had a good experience so far. $30 is a bit expensive but worth it to help me find my wallet. I'm hoping yearly replacement orders get a discount like the regular Tiles have.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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How do you think it should work instead? It always displays the location where you last saw it, so range isn't the biggest deal.
Both the Tile and your iPhone should have alarms go off on them the moment that they're no longer in range. Instead, you drop whatever the Tile is attached to and drive off. Hours of driving later, you realize the item is missing. Check the map, and there it is, hours away in a spot you'll never visit again.

Exactly this occurred to my wife. She dropped her keys. I was driving so she didn't need her keys. It was easier/less time consuming to just replace her entire key ring (we had spares of everything to make duplicates from) than it was to drive all the way out there to get the old keys.

If her iPhone had an alarm that went off, this wouldn't have happened.
 

m.x

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I think if you lose your laptop in your own home a tracker is the last thing you have to worry about... :rolleyes:
 
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calderone

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Please realize that the tile is $30 FOR THE FIRST YEAR.

I bought the old version and it was good despite its huge size, but the battery is not replaceable and they assume that it will only last a year and discontinue your service after 12 months.

Maybe that should have been obvious to me when I bought it, but I was not about to pay again for something that I ended up using maybe 3 times in that 12 months.
They have a reTile program which brings subsequent tiles down in price.
https://www.thetileapp.com/retile
 

TurboPGT!

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That would dramatically reduce the battery life, rendering it useless.
Battery? These things have to be charged? Or they just die after a while? Its already worthless if thats the case.

Make them the size of dime and entirely passive, and sell a box of 20 for $50 and you'll have a mass market product.
 

calderone

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Battery? These things have to be charged? Or they just die after a while? Its already worthless if thats the case.

Make them the size of dime and entirely passive, and sell a box of 20 for $50 and you'll have a mass market product.
Lol, I found the engineer.
/s
 

nutmac

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I use the keychain Tile and kind of bummed that it looks like it won't get an update this year. I suppose there is little they can do with it (no new Bluetooth standard) but I'd like a black option. The white gets kind of gross/discolored stuffed in a pocket all the time.
Right, even a slight cosmetic update to match Tile Slim's texture would've been nice. Black Tile would be awesome though. My Tile Original looks pretty banged off as well. I am sure something is in the works, however, as I am sure many prefer Tile to resemble a keychain.

Some interesting differences between Tile Original (which should be renamed to Tile Keychain) and Tile Slim.
  • Tile Original weighs 1.3 oz and Tile Slim weighs 0.3 oz.
  • Tile Original measures 37mm by 37mm by 5.3mm. Tile Slim measures 54mm by 54mm by 2.4mm. So Tile Slim would be roughly as thick as where the gap is on the Tile Original.
  • Tile Original has a louder speaker, 90 dBm vs. 82 dBm.
  • Tile Original costs $25 for 1, $70 for 4. Tile Slim costs $30 for 1, $100 for 4.
  • Tile Original costs $12 to retile 1, $48 to retile 4. Tile Slim costs $21 to retile 1, $84 to retile 4.
It is worth noting that owners of Tile Original can reTile to Tile Sim. They even offer 2 Slim & 2 Original reTile for those with 4 Tile Originals.