Tile and TrackR are two of the biggest names in the Bluetooth tracking market. Both companies offer multiple products to track various items, including keys, wallets, and whatever else you can attach. But which one is the right Bluetooth tracker for you, Tile vs TrackR? Read our review to find out!
We’re taking a look at the differences between Tile’s Sport and Style trackers and TrackR’s bravo and pixel trackers — standard trackers from both companies.
- Both companies offer multiple products (with slight variations) that do the same thing
- Tile and TrackR both have strong crowd-locating networks overall
- Both companies make good use of their mobile apps
- Tile and TrackR can find your phone by using their trackers
- TrackR’s trackers have replaceable batteries. Tile’s trackers do not.
- Tile’s trackers have a longer Bluetooth range.
- Tile’s Sport and Style trackers are waterproof. TrackR’s trackers are not.
- TrackR offers optional separation alerts for when a tracker is too far away from a phone, Tile does not.
- TrackR’s pixel has an LED ring to make it easier to spot in the dark, Tile’s trackers offer no lights.
- Tile’s Sport and Style trackers are $5-$10 more expensive than TrackR’s offerings.
Winner And Loser Categories
Tile’s trackers re-connected quicker to the apps in our testing, and dropped connection less often.
Tile’s Sport and Style offer a 200-ft. Bluetooth range. TrackR’s products top out at 100 ft., and we even found that to be pushing it in some circumstances.
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Tile’s trackers are a bit louder than TrackR’s gadgets.
Crowd Locating Network
Both trackers have strong crowd locating networks for when an item goes missing. But Tile’s network is a bit larger.
TrackR offers separation alerts (which can be toggled on/off) when a tracker gets too far from a phone. TrackR’s pixel also has an LED ring for finding the tracker in the dark. Tile doesn’t offer either feature, but Sport and Style are waterproof — which may be more important to some users. Trackers from both companies can act as phone finders.
TrackR’s app is solid. But Tile’s app is excellent.
TrackR 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.
TrackR’s plastic pixel is $25, and its aluminum bravo is $30. Tile’s Sport and Style are $35 each (though the company does also offer an older model for $25 as of this writing).
Who Tile Is Better For:
- Users seeking a tracker with the best Bluetooth range and loudest alert volume
- Users looking for the strongest crowd network for locating missing trackers
- Users who want the best possible mobile app
Who TrackR Is Better For:
- Users who want to keep their tracker longer than one year
- Users seeking features like separation alerts and lighting
- Users looking for a slightly less expensive tracker
Tile is a more impressive overall Bluetooth tracker — from its app to its range to its volume (and even its design), it’s a top option right now. However, Tile’s trackers only last for one year — TrackR’s gadgets can conceivably last much longer with replaceable batteries. In time, Tile’s more expensive trackers become even more of an investment. It all depends on what you prioritize: price and lifespan, or top-notch performance.
To explore other options, check out the best Bluetooth trackers of 2020.
What is the range of a Tile tracker?
Tile trackers have ranges anywhere from 150 feet with the Tile Sticker to 400 feet with the Tile Pro. The remaining Tile trackers, including the Mate, the Slim, the Style and the Sport all have 200 foot ranges.
Is Tile a good GPS tracker?
Tile is a good GPS tracker, with long ranges, loud sirens, and durable designs. Plus, Tile owns 80% of the United States’ market for Bluetooth trackers, making their community network the largest available.
What's the difference between a Tile Mate and a Tile Pro?
The Tile Pro is larger than the Tile Mate and weighs about twice as much at 15.5 grams. It also has a louder siren by 9 decibels, and twice the range at 400 feet. Both have keyring holes, temperature ranges of 14 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, IP ratings of 55, integrations with Alexa and Google Alexa, the same community network and replaceable batteries, although they are different types. Finally, while the Tile Mate only comes in white, the Tile Pro comes in black or white. The Pro costs $10 more at $35.