Specs Showdown: TrackR Pixel Vs Tile Style

I have a great memory. I can recall the exact score line of the two AFL Grand Finals the Adelaide Crows won, I know all the words to ‘Come On Eileen’ and I remember the biological process that helps your bones to develop. However, I cannot tell you where I put my keys this morning, so Bluetooth trackers are my best friend.

But what’s better? The TrackR Pixel or the Tile Style?

Lifehacker has previously taken a look at the Tile – a Bluetooth tracker you can attach to your keys or slip into your wallet to track any device you may not always remember the location of, but we haven’t taken a look at too many other Bluetooth trackers on the market. Recently, Tile responded to the criticisms they received about having a non-replaceable battery, but it seems consumers are ready to look elsewhere.

Enter the TrackR Pixel. How does it stack up to the Tile?

Here's the pure specs for how the two match up:

TrackR Pixel Tile Style
Size 26.2mm diameter 37.5mm squared
Thickness 5.6mm 5.9mm
Battery Replaceable CR2016 Non-replaceable (1 year life)
Bluetooth Type BLE 4.0 BLE 4.0
Bluetooth Range up to ~30m range up to ~60m range
Volume Up to 90dB 98dB
Waterproof No IP68 Rating
Crowd Locate Yes Yes
Phone Finder Yes Yes
Price (1-pack) ~$32 AUD $35

What Are The Major Differences Between The TrackR Pixel And The Tile Style?

When you look at the two trackers side-by-side there’s not a whole lot of difference in form factor. For physically attaching the devices to the items you want to track, The Tile Style has a hole in one corner, so can get on a keyring or a purse rather easily, whereas the Pixel comes with a key loop. Both include adhesive pads, if you want to stick them onto a laptop or some other equally important device.

From the perspective of replaceable batteries, the TrackR clearly wins. While Tile offer ‘re-Tile’ which is a program that lets you purchase an additional Tile once the battery in yours dies, the ease of replacing a battery shouldn’t be discounted. For a long-term user, the TrackR is going to be the clear victor.

Do any particular features or the Tile offset that issue? Potentially. The addition of an IP68 waterproof rating is especially important, depending on how you use the device. The Pixel is water-resistant, but submerged in any H20 and it’s in big strife. The Tile also has a much better range, which is definitely helpful depending on what you’re trying to track. Although it touts an 8 decibel advantage, in practice the volume doesn’t seem to differ dramatically, especially when I’ve thrown my keys in a backpack.

How do the apps perform? Very similarly. There's no extra features or huge differences in the UI and they're both extremely easy to set up and to navigate.

Overall, the TrackR is a viable alternative to the Tile, for those that are looking for something with a replaceable battery. Tile still packs in the features, and this is important, but I can certainly see why people would be turned away from a non-replaceable battery.

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Comments

    The Crowd Locate is a great option for when you loose something outdoors.
    Is there any data that can be used to compare coverage between the two devices?

      I had a look for some data on this today - but they are both crowd-sourced options. I would suggest that due to market penetration, the Tile might have better coverage in Australia (been around a while longer especially at retail). I wouldn't quote me on that though.

    IP68 wouldn't matter for a large number of things, My key fobs are not water proof and neither is my wallet and thats pretty much all i want to track.

    The Pixel also seems to have a flashing light which will help locate it at night while the tile doesn't.

    I'm curious if the Pixel app will give you a battery level and warning when its low or do you have to test it regularly and replace battery when it fails (assuming its not too late).

    The words "Come on Eileen" caught my eye in passing, just because it's been earworming me since watching this joyous performance a couple of times:
    https://youtu.be/TMDqkBjvdMg

      Well this was a fantastic way to start the day. Thank you.

    All TrackR devices are terrible. I’ve bought more than half a dozen and they all suffer horrendous battery life (measured in weeks), weird effects like loud ticking when batteries run low, and their customer support is even worse.

    Try to get a faulty decide looked at and they ignore you, then want you to pay for shipping to the US to return it. If you paid extra for an engraved model and its faulty, they won’t engrave the replacement.

    Utter arrogance from their support staff. I couldn’t recommend more strongly to avoid them and all their products.

      Hi Scott,

      I'm so sorry to hear that your experience with our TrackR bravo and support team were subpar. This is definitely not the type of thing we like to hear! Reach out to us at [email protected] and we will definitely make things right for you.

      Thank you!

      Well loud ticking could be useful way of knowing when the battery is low :)

      I was considering TrackR but perhaps i should look at NutTag instead (it having an Australian presence is a bonus too).

      Last edited 20/10/17 11:44 am

    Dear Jackson.
    Would suggest you to also consider the negative advantage of these tiny Bluetooth trackers powered by the crowd sharing. Because they are tiny, they can easily be slipped on a person to track. That would be unethical, at times criminal, consequences can be trivial to damaging. But that is a huge negative possibility for an amazing technology.Will you be interested to discuss a possible solution?

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