I received Tile samples to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.
I received two different Tile products this year, The Tile Mate and Tile Pro. These devices attach to your keys and when paired with your phone, will allow you to use the app to find your keys. Now we all know people who set down their keys and end up misplacing them, but in our house, it is a little bit more complicated. In our house, our son will pick up any set of keys or any phone that is left unsupervised.
Our son is autistic and has numerous behaviours, that include being a high flight risk as well as an obsession with electronics. We are forced to lock up most of the electronics when they are not in use. To our son, this becomes a game, any keys that are laying around is an opportunity to get to hidden electronics. Any unsupervised phone is an opportunity to hide while he binges on Logo videos on youtube.
This often can result in him setting keys down or hiding them under chairs. The intent is that we can’t find them so he can use them at a later time. Tile allows us to circumvent this by using the Tile to find either the phone or the keys. The systems main original intent is to attach the tile to your key ring. Then you can simply use the app on your phone to sound the alarm. This feature is built into the Tile device to help you track your keys.
Use The Tile To Find Your Phone.
A fun addition is that if you press the button on the tile itself, it makes the phone ring, which helps if you have lost your phone. Both of these things come in handy in our house. Our son is severely autistic, and he loves to grab our keys. He does this to get to all the electronics we keep out of reach or our phones (to access YouTube). While this can be inconvenient, what makes it problematic is that he doesn’t ever return them. This means we can spend hours digging around the house trying to find our keys or our phones.
The devices allow us to constantly track where they are. One change to the product is that the new models have a changeable battery, unlike the original versions that lasted a year.