Price: $59.99 ($37.99 at Amazon)
Rating: Strong Recommend*
Confessions of a frequent key/phone misplacer. Raise your hand if this conversation sounds familiar: "I can't find my cellphone, can you call my phone?" Alternatively, you're rushing out your door and realize you can't find your keys, desperately running around pouring through your house like crooked cops looking for something fast. The Cobra Tag works in conjunction with your smartphone to ensure you never lose one or the other ever again!
Pairing with your smartphone, the idea is to place up to 7 Cobra Tags on your keychains or any other device you want to hook it to, be it your keys, camera, or the family pet. Can't find your phone? Press the button on any one of your Cobra Tags and it uses its Bluetooth connection to ring your cellphone. Can't find your keys? Using the smartphone app you can selectively ring any of your Cobra Tags to locate your misplaced valuables.
Sounds great you say - so how's it work? Let's start from the beginning.
Unboxing and Installation
Installing the Cobra Tag app on your Android is as easy as going to the Marketplace and searching for "Cobra Tag'. On first launch there's a straightforward guide to pairing your phone with the Cobra Tag and we were up and running within minutes. There's a Blackberry version as well and the manufacturer says an iOS version is coming in the next few months. Cobra Electronics confirmed that the same device was compatible with Android and Blackberry, but couldn't comment on whether the same hardware would work with their upcoming iOS app.
How It Works
The app itself has quite a few options, mostly to adjust notification settings. You can set the app to send you an e-mail or SMS. It can even push to your Twitter or Facebook account for those who want to show the world how forgetful you are.
If you walk out of Bluetooth range (in our case about 50 feet or so) both your phone and the Cobra Tag start ringing as a reminder that you've left something behind. It even records the last known GPS coordinates so that you can intelligently retrace your steps.
At $37.99 shipped from Amazon, the price tag is a little steep as just a toy. If you commonly misplace your keys, phone, or other gear though this could be a lifesaver. A cinch to setup and use, Cobra Tag is a great little device that works well and will keep you from frantically searching for your phone or keys. Unless you misplace both at the same time, that is. Not that we've ever done that before, honest.
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.
(Images from Cobra Electronics, Jason Yang)