Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone – Samsung SmartTag

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TECH SPECS

  • Bluetooth 5.0 LE, sensing distance – up to 120 meters
  • CR2032 battery (included)
  • Working time – up to 300 days from one battery, charge level in the application
  • Body material – polycarbonate
  • Protection level IP52
  • Tag dimensions – 39.1×39.1×10.4 mm, weight – 50 grams
  • Two label volume levels
  • Works with Galaxy smartphones with Android 8.0 and above
  • The tag can only be linked to one smartphone
  • Up to 200 tags can be linked to a smartphone, 10 tags can be prioritized and tracked in maps.

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At the beginning of the 80s, a boom in key fobs unexpectedly came in the USSR. In colloquial speech, and in writing, we swallow the consonant, now they write “trinkets”. You could whistle, and a small black box started playing a melody in response. The idea of ​​this device was outrageously simple – not to let you lose your keys. Of all those who bought into this idea, no one ended up using such keychains, they quickly abandoned them. It turned out that the keys are always at hand, the keychain takes up space and is not so necessary. But the idea turned out to be tenacious, and such a small accessory is still being produced today, and there are trinkets for every taste, including tags that work with the phone, communicate with it via Bluetooth. The category is not the most massive, usually such things are bought for delivery, and the price for them is quite low (from 350 to 1 rubles in our area).

Samsung decided to rethink the entire category of devices and make them more useful. What is needed for a small label to be in demand by a person? The ability to attach it to one or another thing that you want to find or not lose. But not only things, but, for example, to give such marks to children or elderly parents so that they know where they are. Alternatively, you can use them as the simplest systems against theft of the same bike, hide the tag under the saddle, and the job is done. At first glance, the scenarios for using such labels seem far-fetched, but on reflection, some options seem rational and the most inexpensive possible for practical implementation.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

I’ll start with the most important thing, smart tags from Samsung work only with smartphones of the Galaxy line, other devices cannot be used with them. Starting with Android 8 and higher, you can install the SmartThings app or just use it, all the latest models have it. At the same time, if you want to track the movements of your child, he does not have to have the same Galaxy. After all, you control the tag from your device, another thing is that in the absence of built-in GPS, the tag itself relies on the coordinates received from the phone. And therefore, either you need to count on a lot of Galaxy around your child, where the search in SmartThings is activated, or you still need to give him some kind of device from Samsung. The latter is not bad at all, since you can find a good solution in terms of price / quality ratio.

But I repeat once again that you need to bind the tag to your smartphone, that is, to the device from which you plan to monitor your loved ones, things, and so on. The principle of operation of the tag is extremely simple, there is Bluetooth 5 LE inside, at a distance of up to 120 meters it “sees” your or another Galaxy phone. The coordinates of the mark are calculated as the approximate distance to the phone, and the smartphone transmits them to the service. Alas, it is not yet possible to achieve long battery life and add GPS on the hardware level. And the cost of the tag would be fundamentally different.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

The tag is produced in four different colors; tags in black and beige are currently available in Russia.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

Later, there will be more colors, bright solutions will appear.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

You can buy one tag or choose a set of two or four tags. In sets you can find both labels of the same color (black), and a variant with different colors. The cost of one tag is 2 rubles (in the US $ 490 plus taxes, which is comparable).

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

The mark, on the one hand, is not gigantic, on the other hand, it is clearly visible. In absentia, I was confused by the height of the mark, since the declared 10.4 mm seemed to be something massive.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

But the profile of the tag is such that it is a rounded pebble, at the central point the height is really the same, but at the edges it is half as much, and SmartTag is not perceived as large. The weight of 50 grams is insignificant, you just won’t feel it.

The tag has a large eyelet, you can attach it to any item with a carabiner or a plastic tie. It is inconvenient that the kit, in addition to the label and instructions, actually contains nothing. I would like to see at least a few plastic clips that you can tighten and set the tag somewhere. Such clamps cost a penny, and they do not take up space.

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There is a hole in one of the corners of the label, the instructions suggest opening the halves with a coin, but it was more convenient for me to do this with a clip for the SIM tray.

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There is not much to see inside, the battery and nothing else. Replacing the battery is not difficult, it is a standard CR2032 cell, you can buy it anywhere, and the cost is low. It is stated that the tag from one charge will work up to 300 days, which is decent. In the software, you can see the charge level, but it is inaccurate, since it gives an approximate range.

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Since this is not a built-in battery, but an ordinary battery, it is good that at least this is the case. I think that the calculation of the remaining charge is based on the time of use, although I’m not sure about that. Perhaps the software on the phone somehow uses Bluetooth and determines the approximate charge by the signal strength. If you fantasize, the development of such products can lead to the emergence of built-in batteries, wireless charging and accurate determination of the remaining charge. Let it be products with a Pro prefix, and moreover, at a higher cost.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

In addition to the fact that you can replace the battery, you may need to open the label if you want to zero it. The procedure is simple, described in the instructions, but you also need to know that you need to unbind the label in the application as well. This is for security reasons, as even by dropping the tag, but not unbinding in SmartThings, you will not be able to zero it. And it is right! Someone stole a thing from you, found a mark and tried to reset it, he will not succeed. Although here the calculation is on the greed of the thief, since most likely the majority will simply throw out the mark.

On your smartphone, you need to set up the SmartThings app, bind a tag, the process is very easy and simple.

There is a button on the label, it is located exactly in the middle. Supports two types of presses, short and long, hold. Each time you press it, the label beeps. In the settings, you can set the sound of this squeak, as well as the volume (low or high). I like the high volume, it is the default.

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My test tags were very simple, hid in the pocket of my backpack. It could have been hung on a handle, but why? By the way, protection against dust and water according to the IP52 standard, it is definitely not worth drowning the tag.

I ran a search and found that my “backpack” was nearby.

Also, all other devices are displayed on the map, plus you can search for them in the application, when the “radar” is working, it shows that the device is close or far. As you approach, you see the direction where the device is. You can start a sound signal, and then the smartphone will start ringing loudly, informing that it is somewhere here (it must be turned on, everything else does not matter).

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Like any product from Samsung, especially in the new category, the SmartTag will receive new features step by step. For example, in April 2021, offline search will appear, when any Galaxy devices will be used to search for a tag, not only those with your Samsung account. While you can only search for a tag from your own devices, keep this in mind. At the same time, notifications will appear stating that the tag is disabled and not in use. But at the beginning of summer, the history of the mark’s movements will be available, you can see the routes on the map.

Now a few words about privacy and protection of your data. The tag does not store almost any information, but even it is encrypted. In particular, the tag constantly changes its ID so that it is impossible from the outside to determine where it is located by this number. Relatively speaking, visiting the same cafe, you will not be counted as the same person, since the tag will have different IDs.

In the settings, you can set your own functions for pressing a key or holding it. For example, you can run use cases on a smartphone or control a smart home, that is, the tag can act as a remote control for one or another automation. You can also hide the tag in things that should always be with you, leaving home, you will receive a warning that you forgot to take them with you.

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Samsung believes the tag can be used on pet collars so you can find them if they run away. The idea is good, and such a tag is cheaper than the alarms that are created for pets today.

Everything is fine with the smart tag idea, but the first thing to understand is how many Galaxy smartphones and other devices that do not belong to you will be able to search for such a tag. In a big city, the penetration of such devices is high, the smaller the settlement, the worse it gets. And it is worth thinking on the basis of this possibility, on the other hand, if you need a local search for a thing, then this option is quite suitable.

Smart Tag Review for Finding Things or Smartphone - Samsung SmartTag

A smart tag SmartTag is a thing, the value of which can be realized only at the moment when you lose something. I am writing a review and thinking about the proverb “we do not store what we have; when we lose it, we cry.” Here and there, many problems can be avoided if the straw is spread in advance, but few are ready to be smart not in hindsight. I met a couple of comments that now such a label will easily replace the alarm in the car. Alas, the laws of physics have not been canceled, and the tag hidden in the trunk simply will not work, the Faraday cage will not let her do it. It is difficult to hide somewhere else, and the quality of the work will be, to put it mildly, much to be desired. In short, this is not something to do with such labels.

How does the product seem to you in absentia? Is it useful or not, what do you want to get and how applicable in your life?

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