Tile Sport vs. Mate vs. Slim: Which Tile is best for you?
How do you choose between Tile's various Bluetooth trackers? First figure out your use case and then decide which one works best for you. Here's what you need to know!
Tile makes four different Bluetooth trackers with varying sizes, shapes, and features. If you find yourself struggling to choose the Tile that's right for you, this guide will help you pick out the perfect tracker for your particular needs.
A closer look
When it comes to weighing pros and cons, nothing beats a handy comparison chart! Here's a breakdown of what you can expect from Tile's four Bluetooth trackers. It all boils down to a few distinct differences: size, water and dust resistance, Bluetooth range, and price — the rest is similar enough to not matter much in most cases.
|Tile Sport||Tile Style||Tile Mate||Tile Slim|
|Size||40mm x 40 mm||37.5 mm x 37.5 mm||34 mm x 34 mm||54 mm x 54 mm|
|Bluetooth range||200 ft.||200 ft.||100 ft.||100 ft.|
|Alert volume||98 dB||98 dB||88 dB||82 dB|
|Water & dust resistance||IP68||IP68||IP57||IP57|
|Ringtones||8 ringtones||8 ringtones||8 ringtones||8 ringtones|
|Replaceable battery||No (40% discount with reTile program)||No (40% discount with reTile program)||No (40% discount with reTile program)||No (40% discount with reTile program)|
So how do you choose between them? Well, here's a breakdown of the best use cases for each model!
The Tile Sport is good for keys, cameras, travel bags, backpacks, camping gear, and anything that could end up getting wet or dusty. It's small, loud, and perfect for most use cases. You can grab one for about $30 on Amazon.
The Tile Style is almost identical to the Tile Sport, save for the stylish colors and trim. Clip it on a backpack, a keychain, luggage, etc. and you'll also be showing off your unique style (ah, so that's why they call it that)!
The Tile Mate is also good for keys, cameras, travel bags, backpacks, and more — just as long as your stuff isn't going to end up getting banged around too much or left in the rain. The Tile Mate doesn't offer the same water and dust resistance as the Tile Sport and Tile Style and it's got that shorter Bluetooth range.
Unlike the other Tiles, the Tile Slim is uniquely designed for wallets, tablets, and laptops. The slim design doesn't add too much bulk to your devices while still offering that ever-so-necessary Bluetooth tracking you've come to need.
Were we able to help you break down the similarities and differences between Tile's Bluetooth tracker lineup? Have more questions you didn't see answered? Give us a shout in the comments or over on Twitter and we'll be sure to help you out!