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Tile Pro vs. AirTag: How do they compare?

A revamped Tile Pro and newly introduced Tile Ultra will go head-to-head with Apple AirTag. Here’s how they stack up.

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For years, Tile’s GPS locators have had a relative monopoly on locating our wayward items, but there’s a new contender — Apple.

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Catching up to Apple

Despite Tile dominating the product category since its inception, Apple’s AirTag has made a lot of headway thanks to the addition of augmented reality for finding missing items, safety features to prevent tracking, and the appeal of classic Apple design. Now, Tile is trying its best to keep up by updating several of its trackers and announcing a new flagship.

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New and improved Tile Pro

The updated Tile Pro is one of two new flagship products, boasting the longest range of any Tile: 400 feet. It’s also got the loudest ringer for when you’ve misplaced something in a loud room or when it’s being muffled by another item such as a backpack or cushion, for example. It’s available now alongside updated versions of the Tile Sticker, Slim, and Mate.

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$34.99

The price of the Tile Pro.

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To keep up with Apple AirTag and Samsung SmartTag, Tile has added a Lost and Found feature that adds a QR code to every device, making it possible for others to scan and lookup your provided contact info.

A long-held critique of trackers is that it makes it easy for abusers to locate victims of domestic abuse. However, the new Scan and Secure feature (available next year) offers a solution that allows you to scan for unknown Tiles nearby that could be used to track you.

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Tile Ultra

With an increased range and new safety features like Scan and Secure and Lost and Found, the Tile Pro still doesn’t compare to the Apple AirTag, but Tile has teased an upcoming product — the Tile Ultra — that, like the AirTag, uses both Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband. The latter is able to narrow down the exact location of an item within an inch or less by measuring the duration of pulses traveling between two devices.

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Following Apple’s footsteps, the Tile Ultra will also feature an augmented reality mode called Point and Locate to make finding lost items more user-friendly, using arrows and distance measurements to aid in their hunt for a missing remote, keys, etc...

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2022

The Tile Ultra is launching early next year.

Available on everything

Unlike AirTag and SmartTag, which work with only one operating system, the Tile Ultra works on both iOS and Android devices. Though, it seems it’s optimized for Android 12, with Google saying users will, “benefit from new and accurate positioning experiences.”

For now, that’s all we know about the Tile Ultra. With no design images, and no exact price or date announced yet, it’s still too early to make definite comparisons to the AirTag, but it appears that Tile has found its footing again.

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