A review of Audiovox Insite BLE tracking tags – a competitor to StickNFind

The CEO of PhoneHalo, Chris Herbert, noticed some of my tweets about the problems I have been having with the StickNFind Bluetooth tracking tags, and offered to send me a sample of his competing product to review. This was very promptly shipped from the US and dropped onto my doormat on Monday morning.

The tag by itself

The tag by itself

The Audiovox Insite Ultrathin Bluetooth Proximity alarm, on the whole, is a much more functional product than the StickNFind. Let me go into some detail.

Firstly, the tag is very small. It isn’t as small as the StickNFind, but it is small enough to be used for the same applications.

inSite tag vs StickNFind

inSite tag vs StickNFind

The construction quality and plastic used are excellent and it has an integrated loop for attaching to keys. The battery fits on a small tray at one end. I can see that people might be confused which way the battery goes in, but the design protects against the battery being fully inserted incorrectly.

The app is readily available in the iTunes store for free.

Pairing the device worked easily – just insert the battery, and follow the instructions in the app.

The app only has a very small number of core features. I really believe this is why the Audiovox Insite tag works much better than the StickNFind tags.

The app

The app

There are two buttons:

  • Ring Device – this immediately causes the tag to beep and light up
  • Locate Device – this shows the last GPS location that the phone was in when the tag was in range.

That is all it has. No radar, no temperature. Very simple, but it works.

Two icons at the top of the screen show range (Close, Mid, Far) and battery level.   Generally the range is sensible, but it does jiggle around from time to time. It isn’t really that important, as none of the features rely on this.

As soon as the tag and phone are out of range from one another, the alert is triggered on both. There is no way of setting range – it is just in or out of range. It seems to me that they have admitted that any kind of range estimates will be poor, and have worked within this limitation.

So, what do I think?

  • The range is quoted as 30-60ft. This is very much what I am experiencing – it is in range anywhere in my house. StickNFind doesn’t even get to the other side of the room.
  • The connection does sometimes drop, causing false alarms. The tag automatically reconnects though. I have had a couple of disconnects a day when out and about. My cooker extractor fan seems to cause a problem – possibly it is electrically noisy.
  • The tag rings immediately when I press the button on the phone, every time, as long as the tag is in range. StickNFind only sometimes works, and with delay.
  • The beeping is far louder and more shrill than StickNFind. It makes it far easier to find the tag.
  • The app is stable and phone battery life doesn’t seem to be impacted.
  • Use of Wifi nearby doesn’t seem to impact range.

So, totally useless for tracking my cat, but it doesn’t claim to be able to do so.

I popped the tag open to see how it was constructed. The plastic is glued together and it was not possible to get the PCB out without wrecking the case.

The PCBs of the two products

The PCBs of the two products

The board is small and well constructed. Very thin PCB material. It would be possible to redesign it to be no larger than the StickNFind.

So, thanks to Chris for the sample. The Audiovox Insite tags don’t do what StickNFind claims to – but neither does the StickNFind. If you want to make sure you don’t lose your keys, camera, or phone, they do the job well.

8 thoughts on “A review of Audiovox Insite BLE tracking tags – a competitor to StickNFind

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      April 24, 2013 at 9:14pm

      Hmm – I am not sure – it doesn’t look the same but has the same feature set.

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    April 25, 2013 at 6:34am

    Love your Blog, nice test, nice content, nice photos!!!!


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      April 25, 2013 at 8:01am

      Thanks! I have a lot more interesting alarm content coming up. Hopefully less StickNFind…

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    July 3, 2013 at 5:02am

    would any of these tags be useful for finding my cat?
    she has a habit of disappearing a week or two at a time. i think someone is feeding her.
    would i be able to put on her collar and then walk the neighborhood?

    ive tried letterbox fliers the first time. my friend suggested putting reward offered instead =)

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      July 3, 2013 at 5:23am

      No, the range isn’t good enough really. If you want to know where she has gone, but after she is back, a GPS logger would do.

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    July 25, 2014 at 2:18am

    I bought and tested the Stick n Find. Had to return it because it only beeps once when out of range. I don’t want to stick it to my ipad. I paired it with my ipad and was hoping to get obvious and persistent alerts from the tag. The one beep is too easy to miss. How does the Insite alert compare? Are there sounds or only vibrations and how much?

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