You are in the market for a new bluetooth tracker and have zeroed in on the Tile Pro and Tile Mate. You aren’t sure which to get. Today, we will go through the differences such as size, bluetooth range and battery. By the end of this article, you will have an idea which one to choose.
Tile Pro & Tile Mate
The Tile Pro is the top of the line Tile model and boasts a bluetooth range of 300 feet. Consider the Tile Mate as the middle-tier in the Tile model lineup and having a bluetooth range of 150 feet. Below we list the three main differences between the Tile Pro and Tile Mate: size, bluetooth range and battery.
Comparison – Size
The Tile Pro measures at 42mm x 42mm x 6.5mm.
The Tile Mate measures at 34.7mm x 34.7mm x 6.2mm.
One common question asked is – Can the Tile Pro or Tile Mate fit inside my wallet? The answer is Yes. It just depends how much thicker are you willing for your wallet to get. The thickness of the Tile Mate for example, is roughly 5-6 ATM cards. So just imagine adding them into your wallet and you get a rough idea.
Comparison – Bluetooth range
Tile Pro’s range is specified at 300 feet.
Tile Mate’s range is specified at 150 feet.
As with all bluetooth products, you have to remember that bluetooth range is limited by environmental obstacles such as walls. Therefore, do expect to get lesser than the advertised bluetooth range. For real world testing, check out the review where the Tile Pro and Tile Mate’s range was tested in the office and car park.
Comparison – Battery
The Tile Mate uses the CR1632 battery type.
Tile Pro uses the CR2032 battery type.
Battery life for both Tile Pro and Tile Mate is advertised to last for 1 year and are replaceable.
There’s no way to check the battery level from the app but you will receive a notification to ‘Replace Tile’ when the battery is low. Once the battery is low, there’s still 1 more month of usage until it runs out.
Which should you buy
The main area which differentiates the Tile Pro and Tile Mate is the bluetooth range and build quality.
Get the Tile Pro if you want something sturdier more solidly built. And with a range of 300 feet, you will have the best chance of locating your lost belongings.
You’re not at a disadvantage though if you choose the Tile Mate either; both have exactly the same function. If you’re in the market for your first bluetooth tracker, and have a limited budget, then the Tile Mate is your option.
Do check out Jumpadevice’s review of the Tile Pro and Tile Mate