I was fortunate enough to get an early release of the new Nokia Treasure Tag. My friends at Nokia realised that I am getting old, and my memory isn't what it used to be, and I was wasting petrol by realising after about a mile (if I was lucky!!) that I had left my phone at home - again!
The Nokia Treasure Tag seemed the perfect solution for me from what I had read. I had looked into similar solutions, but none of them seemed to fit my requirements (that is work with Windows Phone).
The tag can work in 2 modes:-
- You can get an alert on your tag, which is useful to tell you if you have left your phone behind.
- You can get an alert on your phone, so you could put a tag in your case for example, and your phone will tell you if your case moves out of range.
The tag arrived a couple of weeks ago. Even though I am running the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 on my everyday phone, a Lumia 1520, Treasure Tags do not yet work on the developer preview, they require full blown 8.1 (Lumia Cyan).
I am fortunate enough to have a Lumia 630 which is running Windows Phone 8.1, so I downloaded the Treasure Tag software from the store. If you want to spend an amusing few minutes, read the reviews.
Before I had the 630, I miust admit I did some messing with the treasure tag, trying to pair it with everything I had - Windows Phones, Laptop, Android Tablet, Windows RT and iPod. Then I got the 630 and thought whoopee - this is it.
I tried all ways - but I couldn't get it to pair with the 630 - most frustrating. Then I spoke to my colleague, the renown bluetooth Guru - Peter Foot. Peter suggested that it may have retained the pair, and needed resetting. The manual that comes with the tag is in 8 languages, but doesn't tell you how to reset it.
To reset the tag you do:-
- Open the back cover and remove the battery from the tag (for detailed information, see the User Guide of your Treasure Tag).
- Replace the battery while pressing and holding the multifunction key on the front cover.
- Pair and connect the tag to your phone
So, to pair the device, turn on the tag (it makes a '3 beep' sound when you turn it on, 2 beeps when you turn it off) and run the Nokia Treasure Tag App. This will search for your tag, and show this screen when it finds it.
You can tap on the 'add icon' to get a selection of icons, and click on the name, to change the name.
When the tag is connected, you see the connected screen, and you can pin the icon to the start screen.
You can edit the sensor, changing if you want to alert on sensor or alert on the phone.
Click on the 'bell' icon to test the tag, which will pop up a toast message on your phone, and play a 'tune' on the tag.
It seems to do a very good job. I attached it to my keys, and as I got to the car on the drive it beeped to tell me I had left my phone behind. I then switched it to alert on the phone and left the tag on my desk, and walked off. This time I got an alert on the phone, and I could then see the last location of the Treasure Tag on my phone. First of all you get a toast message, and when you go into the app, you see a 'not connected' message, and an option to open the map. When you open the map, you see the last location.
This would have been so useful last year when I had my bag stolen at MWC in Barcelona!!
To sum up, it seems a great device, and does what it says on the tin. The dual-use is very useful. In day to day use I can have it on my keys, and it will remind me to take my phone with me. At the airport or any place you put your bag down, it will alert you if your bag goes walkabout.