Monday, 13 February 2017

Tile Original (4 Pack)

Well, this was an idea due to the story of the stolen bike which gave an idea to buy a tracker for it, with luck I remembered Tile. Which is a small price to possibly save a bigger price etc. So this 4 pack for £65 from what Tile sell it at. I got it for £49.99 from Carphonewarehouse. Amazon have sold them for £60 ish. But the video is below and here we can dive in and make see if this fits nicely.



The Packaging.


The box is compact, but the design is very modern yet simple and casual language, with writing that makes it sound like a friendly neghbourhood robot but also the terms are not over complex which means less hassle to understand what tile does. The green and white is a nice touch as well as showing the actual size of the tile on the front.  This is pretty good as a design technique.

The top of the box

The front of the tile box

the bottom of the tile box

The icons for the uses of tile on the left and right of this box

The back of the box with more detail

A dive inside.

Now we open the box and the neatness of the packaging is very classy, with a pull tab out for first time which is at the top, to introduce you to the main use for this item. Which underneath that is the manual, warranty and also the 3 other tiles in the pack. Which then you lead on to the tile itself, a tiny keying looking square which makes the charm of tiny trackers very modernized but less of a standout look. The width was of my 2 fingers but its length was the same as its width which was 3.7cm. 

The thing you see when you open the box up, a tile on top

the size of the tile is actually tiny

the back of the tile

its not that thick either


The quick-start guide

The set of other tiles

A peek at the other languages in the instruction manual. 

The fitting and pairing - Wallet. 


This was the start of it, once the app is installed and a usual account created, we then can pair the tiles up to the phone just in case we see it and find it. The process is simple by going on the app, tapping + and then select the tile you want to pair and once bluetooth is on, it will search for it after you press the button on the tile, the letter E is a button. Once you ave done that, you can see it appear just like mine did. 

The wallet showing up in the app. 

Once this is done, you can fine it placed in a wallet like mine was, in a small hidden slot and that makes it harder for pickpockets at the worse scenario. But the speaker can be heard though my wallet which is pretty good right ? 

how it looks in the wallet. 



The fitting and pairing - The Bike.

Now this was trickier since i didn't have the kit that tile recommended to keep it secure, I hope. So I improvised by hoking it onto a screw that might help keep it firmly in place. I originally tried the brakes first but they were going to be a struggle, but i noticed a screw at the bottom for the gears and that one worked, minus having to cause issues a few moments later down the line when the seat is too high o the chain protection touching the Tyre or the chain which causes big problems to get evening going to pedal. But luckily I managed to get it not to that problem and it was firmly on the bike and pairing was difficult but I got it activated. 

The new bike with the tile attached

Another look to the bike from the side

The paring was trickier but I managed it in the end, sometimes you need goo wifi as well as bluetooth for tile to get going properly, which tile in the house isn't that strong without a range extender. But it played the tune from the shed. 


The bike and the wallet connected

The modes the tile shows to see if its connected or not. 


Conclusion:

This tile has potential and I mean that, this can help with those memory blackouts to doing a better research of a stolen bike in theory, Tile have proved it can work for that, but since there is No GPS then personally I worry it will was nicked and there wasn't tile members around the place. But its a worry to find out later on really. With all this in mind. 

omracer's Rating: 7/10

The Good Points: 

  • Reasonable value if bought in a 4 pack
  • Bluetooth tracking for it and also the phone. 
  • Lovely simple commands of the app
  • The keying allots it to fit with screws and drills inside, 
  • The speaker is loud on the tile. 

The Bad Points: 

  • There is no GPS so if your phone has no decent GPS and mobile data or wifi, you can be in major problems with this. 
  • This version is no longer made and replaced by the tile mate which is overpriced, same with the slim. 

And that goes a review for Feburary, there might be more reviews soon like a router and also some drink or food as well, stay peeking..


omracer