TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items

Ron Sag

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Nov 23, 2015
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I attached a TrackR to my iPad. My wife took it five miles away. The map on the cell phone app indicates that the TrackeR is at the location of the phone. There is no indication on the screen that there has been a loss of signal.
I am pretty disappointed with the performance of this Unit. It will not indicate a pairing unless it is extraordinarily close to the phone. Also, the map function does not work. The volume of the Tracker alert is too low. It provides false information regarding location. The directions for its use are ambiguous and do not explain the Tracker's limited use and range- just the opposite, it gives the impression that the Tracker is more capable than it actually is.
 

marmiteturkey

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Aug 27, 2005
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EE are dumping these for £2.50 (yes, really) in their Black Friday sale today. I nearly bought 10 of them until I saw the online reviews, which are universally (yes, really - not one Amazon review over three stars, and most are one star) awful. I don't expect the company to be around for long if they effectively can't even give them away.
 

cristianx

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Jul 31, 2009
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I waited for more than one year to get my 10 trackers. Activated 3 out of 10 and all of them stopped working after two weeks, I thought it was the battery so I replaced it but I was wrong. I would sell the remaining 7 if only I hadn't engraved my number of them. I already had the plastic version which was very unreliable too but I expected the new model to be much better. I was wrong and wasted my money. Very disappointed.
 

steve knight

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Jan 28, 2009
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gave up mine a week later. had one with me at the movies with my phone and it decided to go off even with do not disturb on.
 

michiandco

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Jan 25, 2016
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Do not buy the TrackR bravos...
I got a bunch for christmas, because I lose things all the time and thought it would be helpful. Here are some issues:

Firstly, for some reason it does not seem to pick up that my items are near me if there's anything wall-like in between me and the item. For example, it did not detect that my wallet was in my car until I opened the car door, at which point I could see my wallet anyway.

Secondly, the sound is extremely quiet. If my items are underneath anything like a sweater, I cannot hear them. Also, I put one in the pocket in my wallet, and then couldn't hear it at all, so I'm not sure how it's supposed to be used with a wallet. At present, I have it hanging off the zipper, which is not very visually appealing.

Third, the function through which I should be able to press the TrackR and have my phone ring, even when it is on silent did not work on all of the TrackRs I received, and although I contacted them a month ago about this, I still have not received word on how I can go about either returning it or getting it repaired.
 

johnd_t1983

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Jan 29, 2016
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Bulgaria
I tried this on my Iphone and the distance was no more than 50 foots which is lamost the half of what is stated at the advertisement. Here http://smartitbuy.com/s/?p=247410 I wrote that the on Android the communication betweeen the phone and the TrackR could reach 100 feets. Tomorrow I'll try it on Android because I'm getting the new Samsung S Edge + and I'll let you know :)
 

carlwhite

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Feb 6, 2016
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I bought eight of these, they took over 7 months to arrive.
out of the eight, two were dead on arrival, i couldn't get any response at all, even tried changing the batteries.
I loaded the software on two phones, a Samsung Note 6 Edge and a Sony Xperia X5, in both cases the software stopped working, "saproviders" and neither phone would located the Bravo's. It even locked the Sony Xperia up, until i uninstalled then reinstalled it.
A few months down the track and all 8 are dead and wont pair with the phones, the batteries are all showing 3v, so not a battery issue.
I would not recommend buying these trackers, as they do not work reliably at the moment, i'm not sure if the design and development was rushed to get them out the door, but it seems like it.
The crowd support is a complete non starter here in Australia, as there are so few out in public use, it kind of negates that function of them.

Do not invest in these devices until they are fully developed and are reliable, i am personally throwing mine in the bin, and getting some tiles.
 

ruftytufty

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Jan 4, 2005
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Berkeley, CA
How long is the battery life?
I bought the 8-pack, however I'm only using (or trying to use) a few. Battery life is abysmal - maybe 2 months? Haven't pinned it down exactly, but pretty much when I end up trying to use my phone to find my keys/etc., or vice versa, it doesn't work because the batteries are too dead.

This is in addition t the issues with being slow to connect, etc. (check out the reviews on Amazon).

Not a happy camper, would not buy them again.
 
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Trackr Promotions

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May 27, 2016
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Trackr Promotion: Get 1 FREE Bravo trackr when you buy 1 Bravo.
BUY NOW

Rep +1 if the Promo worked! Share with your friends or family.
 
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cuongpnguyen

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Jun 5, 2016
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Trackr Promotion: Get 1 FREE Bravo trackr when you buy 1 Bravo.
BUY NOW

Rep +1 if the Promo worked! Share with your friends or family.
Wow... I just clicked the link and once got to the tracks home page a chat windows pops up immediately from a rep asking if I needed any help... what a great service... until I typed "I read many bad reviews on this but want to find out more information... what's going on?"... and it went QUIET!!! Such great support!
 

sidlon

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Jul 11, 2008
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Can you be more specific?
Personally, I owned 6 of their older model, the Trackr Stickr, plus a Wallet model, and none were functional for than a week. When the support site's forums filled with complaints, they removed the forums.

Their ads love to brag about having the largest 'Cloud GPS' network (i.e., people with their app installed), but hide the fact that no one in that no one from that "cloud" can actually help find your list item/pet unless they have the app actually open when they walk by.

I had hoped the engineering would improve with the Bravo, but this thread and others like it still don't seem to reflect a working product. I suspect they work just long enough for most reviewers to write an article. To my eyes, it seems like a company that survives through customers who don't bother to return products. When I did return a couple, I got replacement models that were similarly unresponsive after a week.
 
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