Chipolo and Tile are two of the leading options for Bluetooth trackers/key finders. Both companies offer multiple products to track various items, including keys, wallets, and much more.
We’re taking a look at the differences between Tile’s Sport and Style trackers and Chipolo’s Classic tracker — both are “standard” trackers from both companies.
- Both companies offer multiple products (with slight variations) that do the same thing
- Both companies make good use of their mobile apps
- Both trackers can find your phone
- Chipolo’s Classic has a replaceable battery. Tile’s trackers do not.
- Tile’s Sport and Style trackers are waterproof. Only Chipolo’s Plus offers water resistance — the Classic does not.
- Tile’s crowdfinding network appears to be much stronger than Chipolo’s.
- Chipolo offers some unique features, including using its tracker as a selfie shutter, and tracking your phone’s location through a website.
Winner And Loser Categories
Both Tile and Chipolo make trackers that seem to have very few connection issues, even if you haven’t opened the app in a while.
Tile’s Sport and Style claim a 200-ft. Bluetooth range, and the real world results are pretty impressive. Chipolo’s range is solid, but it seems to lag slightly behind Tile’s options.
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It’s very close. Tile claims to be slightly louder, based on decibels, but the Chipolo Classic often sounds just as loud—sometimes even louder. And the Chipolo Plus is said to be even louder.
Crowd Locating Network
Tile has a large network for finding lost trackers. Chipolo does have a network but the company doesn’t make any claims about the size of the user base.
Tile’s Sport and Style are waterproof — but so is Chipolo’s Plus. Chipolo Classic has a replaceable battery, and Chipolo offers unique features like a selfie shutter and phone finding through a dedicated website. Trackers from both companies can act as phone finders.
Chipolo has a very good app. But Tile has a great app.
Chipolo’s Classic allows users to replace batteries. Tile does not — once a Tile tracker runs out of battery (after a year or so), it’s essentially useless.
Chipolo’s Classic and Plus are both $25. Tile’s Sport and Style are $35 each (though the company does also offer an older model for $25 as of this writing).
The Chipolo Classic has a range of 200-feet and a 92-decibel siren, meeting industry standards.
Who Chipolo Might Be Better For:
- Users who want to keep their tracker longer than one year
- Users seeking features like a selfie shutter and website phone finding
- Users looking for a slightly less expensive tracker
Who Tile Might Be Better For:
- Users seeking a tracker with the best Bluetooth range
- Users looking for the strongest crowd network for locating missing trackers
- Users who want the best possible mobile app
Chipolo and Tile trackers seem pretty even when you break things down. We think the Tile experience is probably better overall, due to its top-notch app and robust crowd-finding network. But Chipolo’s added features and replaceable battery can’t be ignored, and the company’s Classic tracker more than holds its own in all categories.
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