Tile Pro vs Tile Mate: Which should you buy?

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Tile Mate Keys Hero (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

When it comes to losing your stuff, there's nothing more frustrating than searching high and low and not being able to find your keys, wallet, bag, purse, or any other item important to you. Both the Tile Pro and the Tile Mate allow you to track your stuff wherever you are and use Tile's fantastic app to give you peace of mind on all your essential items. However, since they both are some of the best Bluetooth trackers, you can buy right now; which one should you get?

Tile Pro vs. Tile Mate: A quick breakdown

When it comes to the Tile Pro vs. Tile Mate, it's easy to see they are far more similar than they are different, which isn't a surprise since they're only about $10 apart in price. Both models allow you to ring your Tile or ring your phone, and both models will show you the last place the Tile was seen on the map, meaning you should never lose track of the items that have your Tile with it.

The only real difference between these models is the Bluetooth range, the volume level of the ring, and

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Header Cell - Column 0 Tile ProTile Mate
Range400 feet200 feet
Volume128 decibels119 decibels
Water resistanceIP55IP55
Dimensions42mm by 42mm by 6.5mm35mm by 35mm by 6.2mm
Weight12 grams6 grams

Regardless of which model you choose, You're coming away with a fantastic Tile tracker that's going to help you keep an eye on your keys, phone, bag, or any other items you want to remain findable. The biggest thing you have to consider is the range. The Tile Pro doubles the Tile Mate range, which gives you that extra peace of mind, knowing you can find what you're looking for, even if you're not super close to it. Plus, the Tile Pro is slightly louder, meaning that if you are near the end of that 400-foot range, you should be able to hear it.

Tile Pro vs. Tile Mate: Which should you buy?

As you can see in the breakdown above, when you're looking at the Tile Pro vs. Tile Mate, it really comes down to preference; however, there is a consideration to be made for the cheaper Tile Mate.

The Tile Mate is both a little smaller and lighter, making it easier to carry around or fit into a small pouch in your gear bag. Plus, the Tile Mate is $10 cheaper. Looking around on Amazon and local stores in my area, the CR1632 battery powering the Tile Mate is slightly cheaper than the CR2032 batteries in the Tile Pro, making it less expensive in the long as well. That difference is pretty small (a couple of dollars at most), but it's a critical consideration since you'll eventually have to replace the battery.

All in all, you can't really go wrong with either option; it really comes down to how important you think range and loudness is going to be in your life. If you often lose your keys or other items just in your home, the Tile Mate is likely got enough range to help you find your stuff.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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