Tile Slim (2022) review: Real slim, not so shady?

We all have things that we tend to lose. Fortunately for all of us, there are a growing number of Bluetooth trackers available for almost every situation. This time around, we’re looking for a way to keep your wallet – or even your favorite book or jacket – close at hand with Tile’s latest card-shaped tracker. Here’s our Tile Slim (2022) review.

What you need to know about the Tile Slim (2022)

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  • Tile Slim (1 pack): $ 34.99 / € 34.99 / £ 29.99
  • Tile Slim (2-pack): $ 59.99

The Tile Slim is the most exclusive member of the Tile follow-up family and is back with a 2022 update. What makes Slim stand out is that it is the only tile that does not physically adhere to its object. Instead, you need to slip it into a pocket, store it in a slot, or use it as a bookmark. It is also the tile that receives the least amount of changes in the last batch of company product updates.

While the more traditional Tiles like Mate and Pro adopt the Galaxy SmartTag and Apple AirTag, the Tile Slim is one of a kind. Its closest rival is the Chipolo card, which is similar with some additional smart features on top. The Chipolo card has another advantage over the Tile Slim (2022) in that it is more affordable at just $ 30, however the smaller user base lowers its tracking potential and is limited to a one-year battery.

Whether in a wallet, coat pocket, or book, the Tile Slim thrives in tight spaces.

If you’ve read any of our other Tile reviews, you know that Tile Premium is a must. It costs $ 2.99 per month or $ 29.99 per year, and it adds smart alerts that provide push notifications to your phone when it goes out of range. Tile Premium also adds 30 days of location history and up to $ 100 in lost item refunds. The more expensive Tile Premium Protect increases your coverage to $ 1,000 and costs $ 99.99 per year.

The Tile Slim resembles its siblings more classically when it comes to onboard controls. Simply press the Tile logo once to silence the ringer or press twice if you want to locate your phone. Now let’s get into the daily experience.

It should be noted that Tile is slated to be acquired by Life360, a company that allegedly sold user data with flexible privacy rules. The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. The existing Tile equipment will remain in place, and Life360 has said it has no plans to sell Tile user data. However, it is something to consider before investing in the Tile ecosystem.

What is good?

< type="image/webp"/>The Tile Slim (2022) showing the Lost & Found code.

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One of Tile’s biggest changes heading into 2022 is the new “Lost and Found” feature. It incorporates the rear-mounted QR code seen above to facilitate searching for lost items. You will need to provide Tile with your phone number, but this allows people to contact you if they find your lost valuables.

In general, the Tile Slim has not changed much physically. It is still the same size as a credit card and is about a tenth of an inch thick. However, it now has a solid IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which is in line with the rest of the Tile line. Of course, the Slim has long been the most waterproof option thanks to the non-replaceable battery, but it’s nice to see an official rating. For my part, I am glad that Tile did not promote a redesign in the Slim (2022) like his other mosaics. It’s hard to see how it could get thinner, and the matte black finish looks great. It is also by far the lightest of all tiles, weighing in at just 2.5g.

The Tile Slim offers three years of battery life, which is impressive given the longer Bluetooth range. It can now reach up to 250 feet, compared to 200 feet for the previous generation. Whether he will actually achieve that rank is another matter; not easy unless you live in an open area.

Tile gave its Slim (2022) a good Bluetooth kick, and the official IP67 rating is the icing on the cake.

Long-range tracking or not, I still love that the Tile adopts both Android and iOS as support. It’s easy to log into both platforms, so you can keep track of your wallet no matter what phone you have in your pocket. The application interface is identical as well, reducing any potential learning curves.

We’ve previously had issues with Tile’s anti-stalking options, or rather the complete lack of them, but now Tile is moving to address the issue. A new feature in the Tile app called Scan and Secure allows you to search for unregistered trackers on your person. Unfortunately, the feature won’t launch until early 2022. It’s also not as comprehensive as Apple’s anti-stalking measures, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.

What is not so good?

< type="image/webp"/>The Tile Slim (2022) in a coat pocket.

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It’s hard to tell if three years of battery life is a blessing or a curse. Of course, if Tile had added a replaceable battery to the Tile Slim, it probably would have had to make it thicker. However, right now, you need to replace the entire tracker every time the battery runs out. Of course, the plastic itself can show wear and tear when the battery hits it, but that’s still a drawback considering Tile’s ReTile service (discounted replacements) doesn’t apply to trackers with three years of promised battery life. .

One thing I would have liked to see on the new Tile Slim is a drilled hole. Although the Slim is designed to slip into purses and pockets, it would be nice to have a way to physically attach the card. If it slips out of your purse or wallet, you may end up finding just the tracker rather than your lost valuable. All you have to do is squeeze the Tile logo, so there is probably room for a hole somewhere.

There is no way to connect the Tile Slim (2022) to anything, so if it falls off, you may be out of luck.

Tile doesn’t have as many users as Apple or Samsung, so you have to rely on Amazon Sidewalk for an added boost to your tracking ecosystem. It incorporates nearby Ring and Echo devices, although Amazon users can choose not to participate in the feature and leave it at the starting point. Unfortunately, Amazon Sidewalk is also limited to US users, so everyone else relies solely on the Tile network.

Considering the price, it would also have been great to see ultra-wideband (UWB) support for precision tracking and / or augmented reality, as we saw on AirTag. However, those features are reserved for the Tile Ultra due out in 2022.

Tile Slim (2022) Review: Should You Buy It?

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If you want to break the nasty habit of losing your favorite wallet or jacket, the Tile Slim (2022) may be for you. It offers support for both Android and iOS, and it’s easy to slip into tight spaces thanks to its slim design and lightweight construction. While the Tile Slim matches the Tile Pro in price, it will be worth the cost of the unique design for many users.

Those of you committed to the Apple or Samsung ecosystems may find that AirTag ($ 29) or Galaxy SmartTag ($ 29) are a better fit. Samsung’s option offers a more traditional design, while AirTag offers precision tracking via UWB support. The last question you will have to ask yourself is whether you need Tile Premium or not. Add smart alerts and product rebate for $ 29.99 per year, but the Tile Slim (2022) doesn’t get free battery replacements.

See also: Best Apple AirTag Alternatives

Overall, the Tile Slim (2022) is the best card-shaped Bluetooth tracker out there. There aren’t many direct competitors, and it’s hard to argue with three years of battery life and an IP67 rating. You can always save a little money when you buy more than one, so start picking out your favorite valuables to keep track of.

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Tile Slim (2022) 1-pack

Tile’s wallet-compatible tracker is back and better than ever. The Tile Slim is IP67 rated with a three-year battery life to keep track of your wallet, a favorite book, or just about anything else.

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