My order of AirTags arrived this morning. I got a four-pack, because, why not? I got them engraved because, again, why not?
At first blush, they are much larger than I thought they would be. Though, I like the curved coin-like look and finish, which is typical Apple. By comparison, Tile had a better form factor, but I was not too fond of their finish. At some stage in the future, I will delve into Tile vs. AirTags and the strategic importance of AirTags for Apple.
Setting them up was smooth, and using them in my tiny apartment is a no-brainer. The real-life test, of course, will have to wait until I start traveling again. For now, the biggest question is: what should I do with my AirTags?
I can (and will) replace my decade-old keychain. Apple’s own keychain models are excessively priced, so I am going to give them a pass. I really like the new Horoween leather keychains from Nomad Goods, one of my favorite brands. They have multiple accessories for AirTags, so I need to figure out which one I really like.
The biggest problem with the AirTag luggage tag is that it is the first thing a thief would sees — just before they cut it off from the luggage. That is why I like the new Stretch Fabric Mount accessory from Moment, which sticks to any fabric surface. This will definitiely be going inside my camera bag. It is probably the smartest product I have seen for us camera nerds — the Stretch Fabric Mount is hidden and will make it difficult for a would-be thief to know that there is an AirTag on board. The only bad news is that it won’t be available for another couple of months. For now, I am using black gaffer tape to hide the AirTags on the inside of my camera and my duffel bags.
I have one left. What should I do with it? Suggestions? (Comments are open.)
May 12, 2021, San Francisco