The much anticipated air tags now. What makes air tanks interesting is that most people are going to see this as an accessory or an extension of their iphone, and this is a new territory for apple, but one that makes total sense when you really think about it. So i was super excited to pick these up as soon as they were launched. I picked up the four pack as well as some of their accessories, to really understand if air tags live up to the hype. Now, before we get into the review in case you’re new here, i’m jason, i would really appreciate it. If you give this video a thumbs up, it really does help me out and if you’re a tech junkie, like me, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. So you can stay up to date with all the reviews: okay, first i’m, going to do a quick unboxing, and the first thing that struck me is just how compact the air tags are. Even when it comes to packaging. When i first picked it up, i thought they had made a mistake, because the box was so small. I thought it was for a single air tag, but there are actually four air tags in this tiny box and inside you actually get four sets of paperwork for each air tag. Once you get all that out the way you just take out the main package and unfold it a few times and bam, you have four air tags nestled in this very tight packaging.
Now the next thing that really stood out to me was just how tiny the actual air tags are. They’Re, just slightly larger than a us quarter, and you can tell when it’s in my hand, just how small this is now. Each air tag is wrapped in this plastic covering and a small piece of that plastic is actually blocking the battery from activating the air tag and as soon as you take it out, you’re gon na hear a nice time to let you know that your air tag Is officially on now much like all apple devices, even though this is just a tracker aesthetically, it looks really nice. It has. This polished, stainless steel cover with the apple logo on it and an extremely clean button, free housing, very apple when it comes to design now. There’S two things about the way the air tags are made. One thing that i like and honestly i’m a bit surprised by and another thing that i really hate that i’m, not surprised at at all and the component that i don’t like that i’m. Not surprised by is the fact that the air tags have no integrated way to actually attach them to anything, there’s, no hole for a keyring or anything like that, which ultimately means and again no surprise here. You’Re going to likely need to buy an accessory to actually use a thing and, of course, apple is happy to oblige. I picked up two of their leather keychain accessories and no lie.
They are pretty. Nice i’ve always been a fan of the leather, the apple sources. It does a really nice job of aging over time and i’m curious to see how these keychains look after it gets a little bit of a patina that said these aren’t cheap. In fact the accessory is more expensive than the air tech itself. Now apple does sell a cheaper keychain accessory by falcon on its website. I picked up a couple of those as well. They definitely get the job done, but it’s a noticeable difference in quality. Now, of course, this is all by design for apple to make a ton of money through accessory sales, but apple has never been a company that uses utility over aesthetics and, even though it is annoying, the air tags are really well put together. Now. The other thing that i like that i’m surprised by is the fact that air tanks come with a removable battery. All you have to do is twist the stainless steel casing here and you’re able to swap out the battery once it dies. This to me is very unlike apple, i mean i can’t even remember the last time apple made a device where it allowed consumers to swap out the batteries themselves. I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if they made it a locked enclosure and basically forced consumers to buy a new one once the battery died, that’s honestly a little bit more, their mo so it’s really nice to see that you can swap out these batteries yourselves, which Is a really nice feature, so no doubt apple air tanks do look nice and are super well made, but let’s actually talk about how they work and what they actually do.
So i would say, the main purpose of air tags is to keep track of things that are either super important to you or things that tend to get lost. Often now setting up an air tag is extremely easy. First, you’re going to want to make sure that your iphone is on the latest software update. After that, all you have to do is bring your airtag near your iphone, and your phone will recognize it, and all you have to do is pair it up once it does now in order to keep track of multiple air tags. It’Ll, ask you what you want to title it i’m, specifically using this one for my keys, so i selected my keys and within a matter of seconds, it’s all set up and ready to go so let’s just say i’m getting ready to go out and i can’t Find my keys anywhere happens to me all the freaking time. If i have my air tags on my keys, all i have to do is open up apples by my app and they’ll actually show me where they are in a map in proximity to my location and if they’re close enough nearby there’s a couple things that you Can do to help you find exactly where they are? First, you can press this button to make your air tags make a sound super helpful if you’re nearby and honestly, i was surprised at how loud this little thing could get now.
That’S super nice, but if your keys are in your pants that you wore the other day that’s under a pile of laundry, you may not be able to hear that sound, and in that case, if you have an iphone 11 or newer, you can actually leverage the Ultra wideband technology for something called precision finding your phone will actually point you in the direction where you need to go, gives you really great haptic feedback to let you know that you’re getting closer and it’s surprisingly accurate. Now this will only work when you’re nearby enough for a bluetooth connection, and it does require a newer iphone, but apple made this a really easy to use feature that works incredibly well, so let’s just say in a different scenario that your keys aren’t, even in the House they’re miles away at that park that you were, at the other day and you’re like crap. What i do now so, first of all, it’s great that the air tags. Let you know that the keys aren’t in your house and they’re actually far away and the way that it’s able to do that is by leveraging one of the most powerful components in the apple ecosystem. To find my network. Now, if you’ve ever owned, an iphone ipad or any mac, computer you’re, probably familiar with the find my network apple, basically takes all these devices that have find my on it and creates this massive mesh network of location, tracking ability.
So, even though my keys in this scenario are way too far away for a bluetooth connection, if there’s any iphone ipad or mac computer around it and given the prevalence of apple devices, there’s a very high chance there is it uses those devices to. Let me know that my keys around that area now, once i get to the park, i can use the precision tracking to find out where exactly the keys are and boom i’m good to go now. Let’S just say in a different scenario. I don’t know where my keys are and for some reason, it’s not being picked up by the find my network. You can mark the air tag lost in the app and, if anybody stumbles upon it with a phone that has nfc, all they have to do is bring the device close to the air tag it’ll. Let them know that this air tag has been flagged as lost and you can set it up to. Let them know to give you a call now what’s awesome about this feature. Is that it’s not exclusive to iphones? You could use any phone that has nfc on it, which is really helpful in terms of increasing your chances of getting back whatever it is that you lost and apple is able to do all this, while making sure that your safety and your privacy is never compromised. It has an encryption process that never allows any user to see anybody, else’s data and also doesn’t, allow apple to see that data, so there’s, no backdoor incentive for apple to push consumers to use air tags from a data tracking perspective, and that said, i’m really impressed By these, given just how large apple’s footprint is in this find my network, it really changes the game in terms of tracking ability and in a really sad way, it makes it almost impossible for anyone to really compete.
The air tanks are great illustration of how apple is committing to making its ecosystem a lot more robust and, in turn, a lot more difficult to leave at the end of the day. These things are super handy, very well made not too expensive and could be extremely useful, especially if you’re a guy like me, that loses everything but again that’s. Just me and i’m curious to hear what you guys think. What do you guys think about the air tags? Do you think it’s just a boring accessory that no one’s going to care about, or do you think, they’re going to be a hit curious to get your thoughts? Let me know what you guys are thinking in the comments down below okay that’s about it. For this quick review, don’t forget to leave me a thumbs up, if you guys find it useful again, i’d really appreciate it check out these other reviews.