13 September 2018

REVIEW: Tile Style

Tracking down style

If you've yet to tag your keys with a Bluetooth tracker, how's the Stone Age working out for you, granddad? We jest, but Bluetooth trackers come in all shapes and sizes these days, are refreshingly cheap, and can really help out in a pickle. To that end, we're taking a look at one of the best currently available on the market... although we've kinda already reviewed it. We check out the Tile Style.

What do we mean by having reviewed it before? Well, the Tile Style is essentially the exact same product as the Tile Sport (reviewed here). That isn't a bad thing, as the Sport was probably the best Bluetooth tracker we've ever tested, but the Style actually comes in a slightly smaller, lighter and differently dressed package.

However, for those not in the know, the Tile Style Bluetooth tracker is a metal and plastic tag you can attach to anything you don't want to misplace; usually your keys or bag. If you lose that item, you simply open the Tile app on your phone and use the Bluetooth connection (200 feet with the Sport and Style) to make the tag chirp, allowing you to hone in on it. But, if you're out of that 200 feet range, you can set the item as lost and allow other Tile users to help you find it, without them knowing. Basically, no matter where on earth you misplace something with a Tile attached, you should be able to locate it. Nice.

The Style differs to the Sport model in, well, 'style' only. Instead of the gruff graphite colours and thick metal ring, the Style uses a thinner gold-coloured ring and a softer white plastic body. This makes it slightly lighter at only 11g to the Sport's 15g, and 2.5mm shorter and skinnier. We hate to say that the Sport is for guys and the Style is girls, but that is probably what Tile intended.

Just as with the Sport, the Style is part of Tile's 'Pro' series, meaning the internal and external specs are significantly better than their other Bluetooth trackers, the Mate and Slim. The range, that 200 feet, is twice that of the other trackers, and it is waterproof and dust resistant to IP68 standards. That means it can be submerged in up to 1.5m of water for up to half an hour. So fine in a downpour, then.

As with all trackers we are sent, we did the standard tests of close-range and long-range findings. The Tile Style, as predicted, worked exactly the same as the Tile Sport, meaning Tile remain at the very top of our go-to Bluetooth tracker providers. It worked every time, there seems to be more Tile users than an other tracker uses (so the crowd locate thing has more chance of working fast), and the waterproof body makes for great peace of mind.

All you have to do is choose from the Sport of the Style. Check 'em out.


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