AirTag vs Tile vs Galaxy SmartTag Which is Better? Full comparison

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One of the most curious articles presented in recent years are the locators or locators, which in a sense are just accessories that perform a single function and have a single purpose. But on the other hand, they are usually inexpensive and considerably small in size, which makes them very similar to a coin.

Locators or trackers are fully compatible with any type of mobile device, therefore, we will be able to know where our accessory is at a point where we cannot find it. These terminals have caused a sensation in the market, along with this, some quite famous proposals have been presented such as the AirTag, Tile e Galaxy SmartTag.

Below we will give a brief review and a small description of each of these devices launched on the market. Then we will proceed to make a comparison to clarify once and for all which of these three locators is the best we can buy. Without further ado, stay with us and find out all about these interesting accessories.

What is the AirTag?

It's the locator introduced to the market by Apple and one of the best known in the world. It is a small circular accessory that has a metal surface and plastic edges. This performs the function of allowing us to give us an exact location of any place where it is located. The AirTag can be added or adapted to any object we wish.

What is Tile?

This is one of the oldest and most recognized locators, it could be said that Tile was one of the first companies to implement this type of technology in small accessories to ensure its own localization. Tile performs the function of giving us the exact location of the accessories, in addition it has several models, with different sizes, shapes and qualities.

What is the Galaxy SmartTag?

The Galaxy SmartTag is Samsung's proposed locator which was launched on the market but did not achieve the expected success, has the same goal as any tracker. On the other hand, it has a noticeably different design than its direct rivals. Without a doubt, an interesting accessory to keep track of any valuables.

Comparison of the designs of the three devices

From the moment the trackers hit the market, they have marked a before and an after in the world of technology and accessories that implement it. Faced with this boom, several companies have shown their products to customers, demonstrating different and quite interesting features or specifications.

In the case of the Tile, the AirTag and the Galaxy SmartTag have all features quite interesting and different, within these we can emphasize their respective design, structure, size and weight. We will clarify these unknowns below by taking into account each of these observations. Follow us and find out all the details.


The AirTag launched on the market by Apple has a particular design. This has a circular structure, very similar to that of a large coin. In its surroundings we can see a kind of plastic that completely delimits the AirTag, while on its respective sides it is possible to see a smooth metal surface. Right in the center we can see the Apple brand logo.

Tile locators have different designs, so they have different designs. These are available in wallet, keychain or classic coin mode. Typically, these types of locators have a square or rectangular design with a corrugated or smooth plastic surface. These are completely available in different colors. This is perhaps the most varied option.

Finally we have the Samsung SmartTag, this locator has a square design with soft or rounded edges. It is about the size of a keychain and typically has a smooth or wavy plastic surface. As with the tile locator, the Samsung SmarTag has models in different colors. This accessory is perhaps the largest of the 3 examples.


The Apple AirTag is one of the smaller accessories, so its size is noticeably small compared to its rivals. The Apple AirTag has a diameter of 31,9mm and a thickness of 8,0mm. This is normally compared to a coin for its respective specifications, it can also be added that the Apple AirTag is adaptable to any object.

On the Tile side, we can't specify exactly the size of your tracker, as it has several models in different modes. Tile's wallet mode is one of the largest, it can be the size of a wallet, there is also keychain mode and coin mode. Each of these has different characteristics but maintains the same goal.

The Samsung SmartTag is perhaps one of the largest locators on this list of three. It has a considerably large size due to its dimensions and measures of 50 x 50 mm in width and height. Despite this, this Samsung accessory can easily fit in the palm of our hand and can be adapted to different objects, it can also be used as a simple keychain.


Apple has released perhaps one of the lightest pagers around. It's Apple's AirTag. This accessory weighs only about 11 grams, which makes the example with which this device was shown in its official presentation, a simple coin, ever more real. This despite having plastic edges and a metal surface has the lowest weight on this list of three.

We cannot forget the Tile locators, these accessories have different models and sizes. All this, of course, with a different weight. However, there is the Tile Sticker, which, like the Apple accessory, is shaped like a coin, only it has a plastic-covered design. The weight of this small tracker is estimated to be similar to the Apple AirTag or perhaps higher.

Finally we have the Galaxy SmartTag designed by Samsung. This has the largest size of the three, so it also has more weight. But this difference isn't as big as you think as the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag weighs only around 13 grams, it's only 2 grams more than its closest rivals like the Apple AirTag or the Tile trackers which weigh 11 grams.

Battery differences Which lasts longer?

One of the most important points to consider when buying a tracker is its battery. Taking into account the charging time this accessory has or the duration as such is quite important before opting for a device of this type. It can be said that most of them have a non-rechargeable battery and have a long service life.

However, below we will analyze all these aspects focusing on three of the most important and well-known locators today, these are the Apple AirTag, Tile and the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. Without further interruption, read on and discover all data, information and battery details and the respective durability of these three incredible accessories.

Apple Airtag battery

The first locator we will analyze is the Apple AirTag, it has a non-rechargeable battery known as the CR2032 battery. This has an estimated duration of over 1 year, perhaps more if we do not take full advantage of its use. Once the life of the respective battery of the Apple AirTag is completed, we will have to exchange it with a new one that you can buy from the Apple store or Amazon.

Battery of the different Tile models

On the other hand, we have the tile lessors, one of the leading brands in the design and manufacture of locators. These accessories are available in different models, which are Pro, Mate, Slim and Sticker. All of these have different sizes, dimensions and therefore different batteries with different duration times. Each of them has a rechargeable battery, however, we will look at their lifespan here.

The Tile Pro has a replaceable battery, this lasts for about 6 months or 1 year with continuous use. Clearly, if we don't use our Tile Pro to the maximum, it is very likely that the duration can be extended, but, according to what has been established, this is its approximate duration time.

The Tile Mate ha also a replaceable battery, but unlike the Tile Pro tracker, this one has a lifespan of about 1 year or so. As it should be noted, the Tile Mate makes a qualitative leap over its predecessor, however, its battery also has an estimated life of a year, but at least it makes us understand that it won't stop working in a few months.

We come to the end of the replaceable batteries with the Tile Slim, perhaps the most powerful of this type of Tile models. This tracker has a battery that has a lifespan of approximately 3 years. It is perhaps one of the best accessories proposed and presented to the public by this veteran brand. But, on the other hand, we still have a model we need to talk about.

Our latest locator to consider is the newest introduced by the company, is the Tile Sticker. This is the smallest of the Tile family of devices, but it is arguably one of the most powerful. The tile adhesive has a battery that has an estimated life of around 3 years or maybe more. However, this battery cannot be replaced.

Samsung SmartTag battery

We now have one of the most popular trackers of recent years, it could be said that it is the direct struggle with the Apple AirTag. It's the Samsung SmartTag. This tracking device has an approximate lifespan of 1 year. In a way very similar to its closest rival and the Tile's inferior models. Likewise, it has a replaceable CR2032 battery.

Water and dust resistance Do all three have it?

Locators are accessories rich in features, functions and specifications. These devices need for most of some important factors to ensure their respective duration and correct operation, therefore, resistance to water and dust are two important points in the design and construction of the trackers as such.

In the case of the Tile accessories, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag and Apple AirTag have all included resistance to the dust and water in their terminals. All these locators are completely safe against any type of negative factor that can damage the equipment as such, in the case of dust it is one of the first aspects that is taken into consideration to definitively guarantee the correct functioning of the accessory.

The other point to address is waterAccording to tests carried out on many of these devices such as the Samsung Galaxy SmarTag, Apple AirTag and Tile accessories, it can be guaranteed that these devices are completely safe against any type of water damage. Some of these have been tested by being submerged or simply splashed and the response to these actions has been satisfactory.

Finally, we can clarify with absolute certainty that we will not have any kind of problem or inconvenience related to water or dust if we want to buy one of these three interesting locators.

Detection and tracking range of each

Today this type of tracker works entirely via a mobile device, collaborating with a respective application, which has the power to indicate exactly the respective position of the terminal that we have registered. Clearly, this tracking also depends on the detection range that the locator has, we'll talk about it later.

The detection range it is the radar that each locator has, it is the level that we must be able to find our respective accessory from our mobile device without any problem or inconvenience. In some cases the detection range may be different in some locators, perhaps wider or closer, but undoubtedly an important point to denote.

Next we will talk about the detection range and the respective tracking of each of the trackers, such as the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, Tile accessories and the Apple AirTag. Without more to say, stay with us, read on and find out all the details, data and information about these important factors unique to each of the lessors.

Galaxy SmartTag Tracking and Tracking

The locator presented by Samsung has some pretty interesting points to take into consideration. The first point to address is the old SmartThings app app. It is a Samsung mobile app that is responsible for controlling all kinds of accessories external to the respective phone, clearly including the tracker.

Through this application we can observe the respective Galaxy SmartTag tracking, where exactly it is and the places where it has been. We can denote all these details via a map that the app offers us. Of course, it is important to note that we can only have this information if the respective device is within detection range.

But what is the detection range of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag? Relax, we tell you. As indicated by Samsung on its official page, it is said that the approximate range of the locator is about 120 meters. Therefore, in this range we can get all kinds of information about the location of our tracker without having any kind of problem in the operation.

Tile locator detection and monitoring.

Tile locators are perhaps the most complete in this list. These in the same way that the Galaxy SmartTag needs an app to work, but in addition to having its own app, it can easily work with any other application as well, as is the example of some such as Google Assistant, Smart Home, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, among others. The operation will be the same.

Thanks to these apps we can carry out the respective monitoring of our accessories but it is important to remember that Tile has different models and therefore the detection range is totally different. As is known, Tile works via bluetooth technology but this is not a limit when it comes to the range and capacity of the radar that a locator can have.

Il best known is the Tile Sticker, this is the smallest of the four Tile models, it has some pretty interesting differences from its predecessors and one of them is undoubtedly the detection capability. The Tile Sticker has a tracking of approximately 45 meters. This means we can know where our accessory is in this range as such.

Another accessory is the Tile Mate, this is an average locator compared to the list of Tile devices. It has some points in its favor, such as the respective alarm or sound, which is noticeably louder than the Tile Sticker or the Tile Slim. However, this still has the same detection range as the tile adhesive. That is, it has 45 meters of tracking as such.

Then we have the Tile Slim, this is undoubtedly one of the more discreet accessories on the list. Also one of the most powerful. It has a credit card-shaped design and structure, so it can easily be stowed in a wallet or in our pocket. This locator has much wider detection range, it is within 60 meters of tracking range.

Finally we come to the last Tile locator, undoubtedly the most powerful on the list. This is the Tile Pro. Without a doubt, this is one of the best trackers to be found on the market, however, its detection range leaves a lot to be desired compared to its rivals like Apple AirTag or SmartTag. The Tile Pro has a detection range of approximately 90-120 meters of tracking.

Apple AirTag detection and tracking

Finally we come to the last locator of the list and it is the Apple AirTag. This is arguably one of the most aesthetic and smallest trackers on the market and compared to its closest rival, the Tile Sticker, this device has a much higher range. We are talking about the fact that the Apple AirTag, thanks to its U1 chip technology with bluetooth, has a range of up to 100 meters.

But that's not all, this interesting locator works via the "Find my" app, it's also compatible with a couple of other apps. Thanks to this app we can know the exact position of the Apple AirTag wherever it is, of course, while it is on the 100-meter radar. We can also emit a sound or an alarm from the mobile without any problem to search for it.

System compatibility of each tracker

Today's trackers are completely designed for don't be a nuisance, have small dimensions and practical designs or structures to achieve total comfort for users. Many of these accessories struggle to differentiate themselves from others and to stand out from their rivals on the market, but the truth is that the vast majority of these trackers have very similar systems.

The compatibility that exists between these systems is not small, as there are several specific points that show that both Tile locators and those from Samsung or Apple they have very similar characteristics, obviously with some details that demonstrate the improvement over the previous models .. Some of the points where it may have similarities are the battery, connectivity and qualities.

To stay on the subject, a commonly used battery in these types of trackers is the popular CR2032 battery. This is present on most Tile, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, and Apple AirTag devices. It is a non-rechargeable battery which after a certain duration (different in each of the tracking devices) must be changed and replaced.

The life of these batteries it also depends to a large extent on the detection radar that the respective locator possesses. When this accessory has a large enough range, as is the case with the Samsung SmartTag which has a tracking of 120 meters, its battery can only last 1 year. But if it has regular tracking, like the 45 meter Tile Sticker, it can last 3 years.

Another point to keep in mind is that all of these new pagers work via bluetooth technology, to be much more specific with Bluetooth Low Energy or also popularly known as BLE technology. This type of system is normally used in tracking devices and this is the case of today's 3 examples. Tile, Samsung and Apple work through this system.

Finally, in order for a tracking device works properly, you need an app that can record the respective location and this is the case with the Tile, Galaxy SmartTag and Apple AirTag accessories. Each of these works through an application that aims to register these devices and notify the user where they can be found.

Through this App it will be indicated the battery percentage of each of the previously registered devices and this can be seen in any of the three examples we are explaining. Once we see the percentage of the battery in red or almost empty, we will know that we have to replace the respective battery with a new one to ensure good performance again.

Another interesting fact about the system of these three examples of tracking devices is that each of them has a respective alarm, sound or notification that we can activate from the app we have on our mobile. This has the function of giving us a warning or an indication of where our tracker can be found in case we don't see it in sight.

Extra or special features

As we said before, it is normal that the trackers that are currently on the market struggle to differentiate themselves from others, to be superior to their rivals and to attract the attention of users. This is the clear example of the Tile, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag and Apple AirTag devices. We will talk more about it below.

An extra feature of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is its distance sensor. We explain. The Galaxy SmartTag has a mechanism by which we will be informed by the SmartThings app if our respective accessory is moving away from the detection radar, which has a range of 120 meters. If so, we will be presented with a notice along with a notice to let us know that we are moving away.

An interesting fact about the Tile devices is that it is fully controllable with different apps, otherwise the Galaxy SmartTag. Card locators have their own app but can also work seamlessly with Google Assistant, Google Home, and many more. Regardless of the application that we use, the operation of the tracker will not be affected in any way.

On the other hand, we have the Recognized Apple AirTag, the particularity that this tracking device presents lies in the connectivity and system of this accessory. True, all the pagers on this list work thanks to the tecnologia bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). But this device presented by Apple in addition to having it has another factor that makes it unique.

It is the sistema Apple U1 o chip and ultra-broadband technology or also known as UWB. It may be referred to as the Apple AirTag's primary connection system providing greater range and greater chance of battery life being much longer. This particularity is presented only by Apple's tracking devices.

Another interesting fact about the Apple AirTag is its great resistance to water, so much so that it has an IP67 certification, which indicates that the respective tracking device can be immersed 1 meter in water for up to 30 minutes or maybe more without suffering. internal damage or malfunction of the device itself. Undoubtedly a positive point of the Apple AirTag.

Price difference between locators

In addition to paying attention to features and specifications, another point to consider when we opt for a tracking device is its price. Currently on the market, are all usually for a fairly similar value, however, some are even more expensive than others. Next we will see the different prices of the locators that we give as an example.

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag price

The Galaxy SmartTag is a tracking device introduced to the market by Samsung, undoubtedly this company è always been at the top of products, terminals and devices of any kind and in this case is no exception, the Galaxy SmartTag has a value of 39,91 euros. You can buy it directly from Amazon or in an official Samsung physical store.

Prices of accessories for tiles

Now we have the saga of the Tile device. As we said before, this is one of the pioneering companies in the creation and design of tracking devices, so it has a full set of trackers of different features, specifications and prices. Here you will find out the price of each of these interesting devices.

The first from consider is the Tile Sticker, is the smallest presentation of the complete Tile series. This has one of the shortest detection ranges in the entire saga of tracking accessories and its price is 39,99 euros. Curiously, this is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in the Tile locator saga and you can buy it in any official store without any problems.

We also have the Tile Slim. It is one of the most practical accessories of this pioneering company, it has a design and structure in the shape of a credit card, making it one of the smallest accessories of Tile. It has a relatively good range in terms of detection radar and is priced at 23,99 Euros (~ $ 23,99). Likewise, you can get it at any official Tile store.

The Tile Mate is one of the cheapest locators of the series, it has a structure very similar to that of a keychain, so it greatly facilitates that this device can be adapted to any object. On Amazon and other online stores you can find the Tile Mate at a price of 19,99 euros. You can make the purchase on request or directly in a physical store.

The latest tracking device from this company is the Tile Pro, arguably one of the most complete trackers on the market compared to its direct rivals (Apple and Samsung). You can get Tile Pro for around 20-30,99 euros. This depends on the combo with which this accessory is sold. You can get it without any problems in any online store.

Apple AirTag price

Apple also presented its own locator, it is the Apple AirTag and it is one of the stronger proposals on the market, which manages to compete well with its direct rivals. However, the Apple AirTag is also one of the most expensive tracking devices today since from any official Apple store or virtual store it can cost around 35 euros.

However, in case we want to find a better way to get good prices, we can find it this interesting accessory for 32 euros from the Amazon site or even for a lower value in other online stores. You can also get discounts in physical stores or simply by opting for versions of the Apple AirTag from previous years.

What other bluetooth trackers are there?

The market for locators or trackers it is quite large, although obviously in every market there are favorites as such is the case with the Tile, Apple AirTag or Samsung Galaxy SmartTag devices. However, there is a large number of proposals that while not so popular, if they offer a high quality operation and service.

Next we will talk about some bluetooth trackers which are taken for granted but still have first-rate features and functions comparable to high-end terminals. Without further ado, read on, stay with us and find out all about these interesting and forgotten tracking devices.

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Chipolo One is one of the more interesting proposals and innovative in the case of tracking devices. It has a coin-shaped structure and design and is covered with a layer of smooth plastic. It can be found in different colors and

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