Cheap, largely subscription-free and lightweight, these little devices are a great smart luggage accessory, and replicate luggage tracking features found on the most high-end smart bags.
Fast-forward to April 2021, and Apple have just upped the game by introduced their tracker tile, the Apple AirTag.
Here we will have a look at the features, and why it’s likely to be the best bluetooth luggage tag you can buy.
3 Reasons you should use Apple’s AirTag for luggage tracking
There’s a lot of competition in the smart luggage accessories market. There are multiple Bluetooth trackers, with differing price points and options. So, why pick Apple’s tracker over the rest?
AirTag vs Tile Pro for luggage tracking
Looking at our previous best Bluetooth tag for luggage tracking — the Tile Pro 2020 — Apple’s AirTag looks like a serious competitor. Here are 4 reasons it comes out on top:
01. Similar specifications
The AirTags tick all the boxes that makes the Tile Pro great:
- Replaceable battery
- 1 year lifespan per battery
- Water resistant
- Top-of-the-line 100 m Bluetooth range
02. Smaller size
Despite packing in two extra antennas and using the same battery as the Tile Pro, Apple have managed to make their device slightly smaller. The AirTags are 31.9 mm by 31.9 mm, in comparison to the Tile Pro’s 42 mm by 42 mm.
In addition, the AirTags weigh 11 grams in comparison to the Tile Pro’s 12 grams.
In reality, both these devices are tiny and if you are primarily using them as luggage trackers the size and weight differences is negligible. However, if you are planning on buying a multipack and using them for tracking keys and wallets the almost 25% reduction in size of the AirTag is likely to be a big advantage.
03. Additional features
However, the AirTags also pair this with a few Apple only features to further improve the user experience:
- Full integration with voice via Siri, enabling directions to your device to be spoken for visually impaired users.
- Apple’s continued tough stance on user privacy — no location data or location history is stored within the device, and communications are end-to-end encrypted. Even Apple don’t know where you are or what device tracked your luggage!
- Enhanced finding features via the U1 chip and associated antenna, and the ability to use NFC to bring up lost luggage contact information
04. Cheaper price
Prices for the Tile Pro and AirTags are virtually identical at £29.99 and £29 respectively.
Additional paid features of the Tile Pro such as location history and smart alerts if you leave something behind are free with the AirTags.
There are cheaper tags on the market — that do an excellent job — however for the price point Apple have pitched these at, the specifications are excellent.
Tile offer a great range of products, and for those that aren’t firmly embedded in the Apple ecosystem, the Tile Pro is arguably still the number one choice for luggage tracking.
However, the AirTags come with a wealth of features, a few helpful additional extras, and they are packaged in a smaller, slightly lighter form.
As a result, if you’re already an iPhone user, and you are in the market for a new bluetooth tracker for your luggage in 2021 — the AirTag’s will be the best you can buy.
I‘ve placed my order, and am excited to give them a test!