Tile Pro vs. Galaxy SmartTag: Which tracker is better for you?
The best Bluetooth tracker for you depends on your phone.
Best for most
If you can spend a little bit more for the Tile Pro, it's the better tracker for this comparison. From its range, water-resistance, and battery life, the Tile Pro edges out the Galaxy SmartTag in more ways than one. It also works with virtually all Android phones and iPhones, and thanks to an optional Tile Premium subscription, you have access to even more tracking features.
- Compatible with all Android phones and iPhones
- Better IP67 water and dust proofing
- 400ft/122m Bluetooth range and replaceable battery
- Additional features with Tile Premium
- More expensive than SmartTag
Only for Samsung
Samsung stepped into the smart tracker ring with the Galaxy SmartTag, and for a first attempt, it's a pretty good offering. The Galaxy SmartTag comes close to matching the Tile Pro's specs, features a slightly more compact design, and offers useful integrations with SmartThings devices. The biggest downside is that it only works with Samsung Galaxy phones.
- More compact and lightweight
- IP53 water and dust resistance
- 120m Bluetooth range and replaceable battery
- Integrates with SmartThings
- More affordable
- Only works with Samsung phones
The Galaxy SmartTag and Tile Pro are very similar across the board, but if we're looking at the fine details, the Tile Pro is ever-so-slightly better than the SmartTag in a few different areas. That — combined with the Tile Pro's much broader compatibility — make it the best choice for most shoppers.
However, things change if you own a Samsung phone. Since Samsung users can take advantage of the Galaxy SmartTag's integration with Samsung SmartThings, it's certainly worth a look.
Tile Pro vs. Galaxy SmartTag: Price and availability
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You can buy the Tile Pro (2022) and Galaxy SmartTag right now, either through their respective websites or via third-party retailers. As for pricing, you have a few different options for both. Here's how the retail prices work out:
- Single pack — $35 for Tile Pro | $24 to $30 for Galaxy SmartTag
- 2-pack — $60 for Tile Pro | $50 to $62 for Galaxy SmartTag
- 4-pack — $100 for Tile Pro | $85 to $115 for Galaxy SmartTag
Samsung certainly has an edge on the cost front, but as you'll see below, the Tile Pro makes up for its slightly higher price with better specs/features overall. Not to mention, it's pretty easy to find the Tile Pro selling for less than its MSRP with regular sales and discounts. The Galaxy SmartTag, on the other hand, is hard to come by, especially the multipacks which have regular stock shortages.
Tile Pro vs. Galaxy SmartTag: Tile is still the smart tracker champ
Tile has been the reigning champ of smart Bluetooth trackers for years at this point, and you know what? There's a good reason for that. The Tile Pro (2022) is one of the most powerful smart trackers currently available. Stacked against the Galaxy SmartTag, it retains its supremacy.
The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag and Tile Pro have very similar specs, but the Tile Pro edges it out every time when compared side-by-side. Whether it be a slightly better Bluetooth range, more forgiving water-resistance rating, or longer battery life, you just get more from the Tile Pro (2022). These differences aren't massive on their own, but when all added together, the Tile Pro just ends up being the more capable tracker.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Tile Pro (2022)||Samsung Galaxy SmartTag|
|Range||400ft or 122m||120m|
|IP rating||IP67 water and dust proof||IP53 water and dust resistant|
|Battery||Up to 365 days, CR2032 coin cell (replaceable)||Up to 300 days, CR2032 coin cell (replaceable)|
|Dimensions||59 x 34 x 7.7mm||39.12 x 39.12 x 9.1mm|
|Compatibility||Android 8.0 and newer devices, iOS 12 and newer devices||Samsung phones|
|App||Tile||Galaxy Find Network|
Another nice perk of the Tile Pro is the optional Tile Premium subscription that you can get with it. For $3/month or $30/year, Tile Premium gives you expanded features not found on the Galaxy SmartTag. Some of the highlights include:
- Free battery replacement every year
- Unlimited Tile location sharing
- 30-day location history
- Extended 3-year warranty
If you want to go a step further, you can sign up for Tile Premium Protect for $100/year. This gives you all of the same perks of Tile Premium, in addition to reimbursement of up to $1000 per year if your Tiled item is lost and can't be found.
Tile Pro vs. Galaxy SmartTag: What Samsung does well
Considering that the Galaxy SmartTag was Samsung's first-ever attempt at creating a smart tracker, it's actually pretty solid. Yes, it has a few spec limitations compared to the Tile Pro (2022), but the overall experience is similar. It attaches to anything you want, allows you to easily find said item if you happen to lose it, and can also locate your phone by pressing the button on the SmartTag.
The biggest advantage that the Galaxy SmartTag has going for it over the Tile Pro is its integration with Samsung SmartThings. Just like the SmartTag+, you can configure the button on the SmartTag to perform various tasks with either a press and press/hold, allowing it to turn on your smart lights, start up the air conditioner, and much more. It's a great perk to have for anyone with a lot of SmartThings devices, and for some shoppers, it could be a big enough edge to buy the Galaxy SmartTag instead.
We also have to give Samsung credit for having the cheaper of the two products. The Tile Pro and Galaxy SmartTag are pretty close in price, but when it comes down to it, the Galaxy SmartTag will put a smaller hole in your wallet.
Tile Pro vs. Galaxy SmartTag: A matter of compatibility
Outside of spec differences and SmartThings support, there's one big factor that'll ultimately determine which of these trackers you buy — phone compatibility.
The Tile Pro works with virtually all Android phones and iPhones, and by comparison, the Galaxy SmartTag can only be used with Samsung Galaxy devices. So, if you don't have one of the best Samsung phones, your only choice is to buy the Tile Pro (2022).
Even if you have a Galaxy, it may still be worth getting the Tile Pro over the Galaxy SmartTag. Unless you can take advantage of the SmartThings feature, the Tile Pro's overall experience is more complete.
Best tracker for most
For the vast majority of shoppers, the Tile Pro is still the top smart tracker you can buy right now. It has the best range, battery life, and water resistance, and even more important, it works with basically any smartphone. Combine that with the expanded features you get with Tile Premium, and this one is a no-brainer.
A solid choice for Samsung fans
The Galaxy SmartTag isn't quite as impressive as the Tile Pro, but for certain shoppers, it's a worthy alternative to consider. Its integration with Samsung SmartThings is a legitimately great idea that some will benefit greatly from, but with lesser specs and limited compatibility, it has a much narrower appeal.
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