Tile is a compact little bluetooth gadget that doesn’t take up much space in your pocket or bag. Made of white plastic with rounded edges, it has an Apple-esque feel to it.
Setup is very simple. Just download the app, sign up for an account, turn on bluetooth and follow the instructions to pair the device with your phone.
If you press ‘Find’ in the app, provided your Tile is within 100ft, the on-screen map will show where it is and the Tile will play a loud tune. Press the letter ‘e’ on the device twice and your phone will ring, even if it’s set to silent. The Tile web app can also be used to locate your phone.
The Community Find feature is great – if your Tile is out of range, you can mark it as missing, which activates the Community Find feature. This means when other Tile users come into range of your lost Tile, you’ll get a notification showing its location.
I often use Close All on my Android phone when I have loads of apps and tabs open, after doing so, I still get push notifications from apps such as Facebook, but the Tile app is deactivated. If I forget to open the app again to activate it, finding my phone with the Tile isn’t possible.
Also, the internal battery lasts about a year, but is not replaceable, so it has a fairly limited lifespan. Quite a cunning way of getting repeat sales, I guess.
It’s a nice-looking and handy gadget, I think it’s great. I kind of want to lose something so I have the excuse to use it. I hope I’ve not just jinxed myself …