Precision Finding is a game changer
How it compares: AirTag isn’t the first item tracker to hit the market, but for those in the Apple ecosystem it has several pros over the popular Tile tracker. It pairs seamlessly with the iPhone and is a lot easier to use. Precision Finding is unmatched by the Tile (or any other tracker on the market), and the coverage map in our testing is quicker to update. Apple’s Find My network is built up by nearly a billion devices, which is larger than Tiles (in the millions) and leads to a stronger coverage map for finding your things. You are stuck with one design that doesn’t have a key ring or a built in adhesive, which means you will need to invest in accessories to get full functionality out of the device.
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around a bit and then it will transform again to display the distance in the bottom left corner. As you begin to move around your space, your phone will present an arrow and instructions directions like 8 feet to your right or 20 feet behind you. But as you get closer to the item, the app will give you more exact locations and track the distance away and very accurately, in our experience. You can also play a ping on the AirTag with a tap and, in some cases, it may ask you to turn your flashlight on for more light.
The Leather Key Ring is, you guessed it, great for a set of keys. It is pretty large, though, with a sizable silver key ring that has a bigger diameter than the AirTag itself. You can always pop that off and just attach the leather portion to a ring that’s already on your keys. While we haven’t tried it yet, Belkin is selling a keychain that’s a bit smaller for just $12.95. Nomad Goods has a few key rings made of the brand’s classic leather. The brand even make a glasses strip that we know will be super handy for some users. You can see our full roundup of AirTags accessories here.
The other standout feature of AirTag is the integration within the Find My network. Yes, the same one Apple users may be accustomed to for tracking lost laptops, phones, tablets, earbuds and smartwatches. It is a network made up of nearly a billion Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or the Mac) that can pick up on the Bluetooth signals cast from the AirTag. As your AirTags are on the move, other devices will pick up on the signals this way the location is frequently updating within the Find My app. That’s a big advantage over other trackers, which can’t be as accurate and don’t have as many devices helping to keep that location knownor hide capabilities behind a premium membership (we’re looking at you, Tile).
So let’s break down a real world example that happened during our testing we won’t say if it was done intentionally, though. Say you’re walking through a park and have an AirTag on your jacket. You stop for a bit at a bench, take the jacket off and get up without remembering to grab it. Without the AirTag, you might be out of luck. But with it, simply fire up the Find My app on your iPhone and you’ll see its location on your screen, can ping it so it plays a chirping sound and even get directions to it.
We’re really happy with AirTag and think the item packs a big punch with value. At $29 for a single or $99 for a four pack, you really can’t go wrong here. If you’re in the Apple ecosystem, the AirTag is the tracker for you. We’d say the same for Android users or anyone looking for a tracker, but you need an iPhone for setup. A Tile Sticker or a classic Mate makes the most sense for those on Android. It’s a similar experience to an AirTag minus the Precision Finding ability and seamless integration.