Tired of being forgetful? As we grew older, we tend to lose our stuff unintentionally. Whether it has been misplaced or lost somewhere, losing things sure is not fun at all and often frustrating. In some cases, you may get fired from your job because of losing some important document or client’s record. So, why should you take less serious about being forgetful?

Apparently, that may not all be your fault to blame (sometimes family inherited), but you can actually do something about it. For example, most people would do mental practices or make your own daily sticky notes. Not long ago, we have seen some item trackers such as Tile or TrackR in the market to help people with absent-mindedness.

Certainly, they are also other competitors such as Chipolo, Wuvo, or even the latest one on kickstarter called Xupo (by the previous Lupo). In this short review, we are going to discuss only, so far, the best lost-Item trackers in the market of 2017 — TrackR versus Tile.

Comparing Lost-Item Trackers – Tile Vs TrackR

Surely, they all function pretty much the same. In general, they work on bluetooth to find item within 100 feet of range. Both are small enough and easily attach to any of your clothing, wallet, keychain, laptop, backpack, pet, luggage, etc.

Also, press one to find the other, you can make your phone and tracker rings if either went missing. If you are out of bluetooth range, the apps will display where you last had it. Alternatively, you may locate it with the lost-and-found massive GPS crowdsourcing via the network of all tracker’users (more than millions of them worldwide).

Both start with the letter “t”… hmm, i think that might as well counted.

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Okay, enough for the similarity, that’s quite a lot. So, here comes to the part where they are different. Firstly, in terms of sale, Tile has more than 8 millions of trackers sold whereas TrackR has 4.5 millions. In other words, the map coverage of chances of finding your lost item will naturally be higher for Tile users.

On the other hand, TrackR offers the rechargeable coin-cell battery whereas Tile has their battery that only last for 1 year and you will need to buy a new replacement (with discounted price). Noticeably both of the price are about the same, having a rechargeable is always a favourable option for most users, simply because of the fact that having to buy the similar item over and over again is a definite pain in the ass.


On top of the battery lifetime, a newer version of TrackR called TrackR Wallet even built with an extended battery life of 2 years. Talk about new version, Tile has its updated version, or known as Tile Slim, is a slight bigger but thiner piece of square card of about two credit cards. It can be slip into wallet or stick onto any flat surface with the sticky adhesive, and paste on your laptop for example.

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For TrackR, it has two separate models for sticking and thin version — TrackR sticker and TrackR Wallet 2.0. I know what you’re thinking, the story just can’t seem stopping and going nowhere. Here comes the trump card from TrackR — TrackR Tablet, it offers offline searching for tablet anywhere in the world, the cool part is, this device applies to mass crowdsourcing from other tracker user too, no internet required.

Frankly speaking, more versions doesn’t always the better, it may sometime confuse the customers in choosing the right one. In terms of software development, Tile has added a sharing feature whereby allows user to share access of any of their tile to the second person for a limited time. While for TrackR, it has an integration with Amazon Alexa, and offering the “Nest” option whereby all alerts will be off automatically when you’re in certain places, such as your house.

In Verdict

Given the facts that Tile is the newer company with lesser option of trackers, it doesn’t always mean it’s inferior to its counterpart competitor. From my personal point of view, I will give it end in a tie since both are great trackers with its own unique design. For instance, Tile is water resistant with lots of users; while TrackR has rechargeable battery plus lots of specific model versions.

You can find them on Amazon.com too, below are the links:

Tile Mate | Tile Slim | TrackR Bravo | TrackR Wallet

Here is a review video of a closer look into different perspective that you might take into consideration:

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