How is AirTag different from Samsung Galaxy SmartTag? Compare tags to find things

In 2021, Apple and Samsung released AirTag and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag to track the location of things. Their goal is the same, but at least the design and additional features are different. Let’s analyze what these devices can do and compare them.

Design and ergonomics

AirTag looks like a very small tablet. One side of the accessory is made of glossy plastic, while the other is made of smoothly polished metal. The Verge journalists have already said that the AirTag case is extremely sensitive to damage. He literally scratches “on the air.”

In addition, there are no holes for attaching the tag. The tag itself cannot be attached to other things, for this the company has released a whole line of accessories – a keychain with a key ring, a bag pendant and much more. These AirTag key fobs and mounts are more expensive than the tag itself. Even the simplest silicone pendant will cost 3,300 rubles, and a leather keychain will cost all 4,000. Luggage tag from Hermes generally costs 42 thousand rubles.

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is made in a diamond shape with rounded edges. Case material – matte plastic. It is less susceptible to external influences, and damage to it is less noticeable. There is a hole in the upper part of the device, it can be used to fix the beacon, for example, on a bunch of keys, you do not need to buy a keychain.

The AirTag is the hardest to open for battery access due to the lack of grip holes. Moreover, it is provided for opening. However, SmartTag has the same problem. In one of the corners of the label there is a hole for opening the case; the instructions suggest doing this with a coin, and not with a fingernail. On the other hand, this is a plus. The cases of tags are difficult to open, so you can be calm about their integrity in your luggage or bag.


IFixit experts took X-rays of the AirTag and the younger version of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. The result showed that the first one was assembled many times better.

Against the background of competitors, AirTag stands out for its very dense design – the components are located close to each other, and there is almost no free space inside the case. Also, the Galaxy SmartTag has a much larger chip, and there is also much more empty space around them and the battery. However, in the older version of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag +, it can be filled. This tag model has received an ultra-wideband module, the usual SmartTag is not.

Main settings

Autonomy: AirTag works for more than a year on one regular battery. The Galaxy SmartTag has a battery life of approximately 300 days. So Apple’s tag lasts about two months longer.

Protection against external influences: AirTag is protected from water. According to Apple, the tag is not afraid of immersion in water. The security standard is not named. The Galaxy SmartTag is IP52 certified for dust and water resistance. This way, some dust can get inside, but this, like falling splashes, will not interfere with the operation of the device.

Device Compatibility

AirTag only works with Apple smartphones and tablets, and iPod touch. The pins are visible on the map in the Locator app. You can also see where your Apple devices are, as well as your friends and family. Compatibility requires iOS 14.5 or later. Eligible Devices: iPhone SE, 6S and later, iPod Touch 7th generation and later, iPad Pro 5th generation and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad Mini 4.

However, AirTag is also detected by Android smartphones, although it cannot be used in this way. Thanks to the Lost Mode, a lost tag can be returned to its owner. If you bring any smartphone with NFC – even on Android – to someone else’s AirTag, you can follow the personal link of its owner. The URL will appear on the smartphone screen automatically – similar to the process of scanning a QR code. This is the only thing that can be done with AirTag using an Android smartphone.

Galaxy SmartTag only works with Samsung smartphones and tablets running Android 8 (O OS) or higher. The tags are displayed in the proprietary SmartThings app.

Connecting with devices

AirTag is powered by a U1 chip. If the same is on the iPhone, then using a mobile device, you can determine the location of the tag with an accuracy of 10 cm. This chip is in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12 mini, 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max. Bluetooth is also used for connection.

The Galaxy SmartTag tracker communicates with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth. Galaxy SmartTag + supports ultra-wideband communication, there are only four compatible devices: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, S21 +, S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 2. The accessory also connects to other devices via Bluetooth.

However, the SmartTag can be found even if it is out of range. Even offline, Galaxy Find can use the scanned data to find it just for you. With its help, you can see the history of where the mark was in order to track its location.


Like other Apple devices, your AirTag can be put into Lost Mode. And if this tracker is detected by one of the devices connected to the network, you will receive an automatic notification. You can also configure AirTag so that it passes your contact information to whoever finds it. The finder will need to touch your NFC-enabled smartphone to your AirTag – this is the same technology that is used when paying for purchases with a phone.

Galaxy SmartTag, according to Samsung, makes your smart home even more convenient. Tags can control his devices with the touch of a button, so you can, for example, turn on the lights in the house before you step inside. Smart home devices must be registered with the SmartThings app. However, this feature does not make the smart home more functional. The same commands can be executed in the smart home mobile application, the tag simply suggests another button.

The cost

AirTag prices:

  • One piece – 2990 rubles.
  • Four pieces – 9990 rubles.
Recall that to attach the key fob to the loop, you need to purchase a key fob. The easiest one costs 3300 rubles. In this case, you need to pay 6290 rubles for the tag + accessory set.

Prices for Samsung Galaxy SmartTag:

  • One piece: 2490 rubles.
  • Two pieces: 3890 rubles.

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