The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag are the new bet of the South Korean company for location tags, an alternative to Tile already the assumptions AirTags de Apple. They are used to find any type of object in a range of 120 meters and, in the near future, they will do the same with objects that are out of our range, when working offline.
They have passed through our analysis table, so we have put them to the test to verify their operation. If you are one of those who lose the keys, we already tell you that they are a purchase to take into account, but they really go beyond locating devices, as we will see.
Data sheet of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag
Samsung Galaxy SmartTags
40 x 40 mm
Bluetooth 5.0 LE
300 days approximately
Equivalent to IP53
A simple design to take anywhere
The Galaxy SmartTag has dimensions of 40x40mm, a relatively small size for the type of device at hand and a plastic construction. We can hook it thanks to its opening at the top to any key, suitcase, pet collar or any object that comes to mind. No type of ring is included to do it, so we will have to use one that we have in the keys or anywhere else.
The logo in the center is a button that must be pressed decisively. The pressure to be applied is similar to that of a car key, thus avoiding accidental pulsations
In the central part of SmartTag we have the Samsung logo, which does the button function. You have to press with some force to activate it (something that can help prevent accidental pulsations) and it will emit a sound each time we do it. Later we will talk about the functions that we can assign to it.
If we do not want to hook the SmartTag, it is enough to store it wherever we want to take it. Being small we can place it where we want and it will go quite unnoticed. From Samsung they tell us that SmartTag is resistant to dust and water (not submersible), an extra point in terms of manufacture. Definitely, a small device whose main purpose is to be comfortable to carry in all circumstances.
A device only compatible with Samsung
La Samsung Galaxy SmartTag used to locate devices within a range of 120 meters. This is the maximum distance that Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy can be tracked, so objects that are outside this range cannot be located so easily. Although its operation is simple, Samsung has given it a twist by implementing it within SmartThings, your management application for smart devices.
SmartTag is linked to the Samsung account within SmarThings. This will allow you to interact with other Galaxy devices and be associated with a single account, to be blocked in case of theft or loss
The first thing we will have to do with SmartTag is link it to our Samsung account in SmartThings. The device is only compatible with Samsung, so we will not be able to link it to mobiles from other companies. The goal of linking it to the Samsung account is make it only work with our account and that the information is encrypted in it. If, for example, we lose the SmartTag and someone tries to use it, they will not be able to do so if it is not unlinked from our account. Similarly, when linking it to the Samsung account can interact with other devices in the ecosystem, as we will see later.
How SmartTag works and what you can do with it
Once linked to the app and Samsung account in SmartThings, we will have access to the SmartTag menu itself. Its two basic functions are allow our Samsung device to find it and find our Samsung device. That is, with your Samsung Galaxy you can find the SmartTag as long as it is in a range of 120 meters and, in the same way, you can press the SmartTag to make your mobile ring, as long as it is in that range.
The app shows us, first of all, the location of the SmartTag. It shows us a map showing its location, based on Here Maps technology. This location depends on the location services in Android (GPS, mobile networks, Google services, etc.), being quite precise, but with a deviation of a few meters.
If SmartTag is close, we can ring it. If we have gone out of range, we can start a navigation mode to find it
To find the SmartTag there are two solutions: we can make it sound with two intensity ranges (medium and strong) if it is within our range of 120 meters, or we can start the navigation mode if we have gotten too far from it. To know how close we are to SmartTag we have a small radar that shows us the proximity to the device, good if we are close, bad if we are far.
From Samsung itself they tell us that it is a “hot and cold” mechanism, through which we can know if we are moving away or approaching SmartTag. If we have a good signal, it will be enough to sound it to find it. If we are far away, we will move until the signal improves. In short, SmartTag location is not 100% accurate, but it is well done (as long as it is within the 120 meter range).
The thing is not here, in addition to allowing us to track the object on which we have put the label or find our mobile, SmartTag integrates within the Samsung ecosystem, being able to control some home devices, among others. We can both assign specific functions and actions to it, something with a lot of potential.
For example, we can make SmartTag run a scene with a click. We arrive at the garage of our house (we are already in the range of 120 meters with respect to Galaxy devices), we press the SmartTag button that we have on the house keys and the action of turning on the Samsung television and the bulbs that we have linked to SmartThings. In the same way, we can use the SmartTag as an on / off device for Galaxy devices). Basically, it is a device that also allows you to save actions like IFTTT (if this, then do that).
What if we are outside the 120 meter range?
SmartTag performance is good within the 120 meter range, but this is a fairly short distance. What happens if we have left the keys far from home, or if we have lost a suitcase, or if our dog has escaped? First of all, indicate that the functions offline SmartTag’s have not yet been deployed, although Samsung has explained its plans to us.
SmartTag will update to show a timeline with the locations where it has been, but if it falls outside of our range, it will be more difficult for this information to be updated
Through an update, the SmartTag map will display a timeline of the locations the device has been to. If you have come home from the office several kilometers away and the last SmartTag location is that office, you will have a good indication that you have left your keys or any other object there.
But imagine another scenario: a colleague of yours has taken the office keys and now has them at home. We know that they have been in the office because we have taken them to work with our Galaxy in our pocket, they have synchronized and we have that information but …How will you update the timeline SmartTag if it is not connected to our mobile?
This is where the limitations start with offline mode: there have to be too many circumstances for the timeline to update. Let’s take the example of the partner.
- Your partner will need a Samsung Galaxy
- That is within the 120 meter range of your SmartTag
- That you have the SmartThings application installed
- That you have given permission to make your device a receiver of signals for other Galaxy devices
In case of these conditions, your partner’s Galaxy will send your SmartTag information to the server from Samsung, being able to see in your app that the last location has been updated. In our opinion, there are too many circumstances that have to occur in order for the SmartTag to be located offline, so when it is outside the range of 120 meters we are left at the expense of all the elements of the equation being given. Without them, we will not be able to locate the device.
An autonomy close to a year
Regarding the autonomy of SmartTag, it’s about 300 days, according to Samsung. To power this device we have an integrated battery of the CR2032 type (equivalent to just over 200mAh), which we must replace when it runs out.
One point in favor is that the app shows us at all times the battery that SmartTag has left, so, when it is low, we can already get the idea that it must be changed, without being caught by surprise. If we remove the battery from SmartTag and change it for a new one, everything will remain as it was, it will not be misconfigured.
Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, the opinion of Engadget
Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag is a good start for the company in the location tag arena. We liked its design, the care that has been put into the application and the functionality as long as we are in the 120 meter range. It is very useful to find nearby devices, a lifesaver for those moments when we want to go out the door but can’t find the keys.
SmartTag is an interesting device, but limited to the Bluetooth Low Energy range. Offline functions are very closed to the Samsung ecosystem
As a point to improve, offline object location. That a Galaxy device with SmartThings installed is necessary and that in turn has given permissions to track devices are too many circumstances to meet, something that minimizes the chances of finding the tag if it has gone out of range.
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