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During the past few years, many people got acquainted with words like Smart Devices, Smart Homes, Bluetooth Trackers and Internet of Things (IoT) after all.

In the recent years, IoT started to change our lives so unnoticeably that we haven’t even noticed how it penetrates to our lives. Take as an example the light bulbs that connect to your home Wi-Fi or Phone Bluetooth and let you control the lights, change the light color, etc.

Most commonly, there is probably a Smart Speaker at our homes with a “tiny" virtual assistant living inside of it. It has become an inseparable part of our lives so that we don’t even think about what kind of technologies lie in the products we use every day.

Yet another example of using IoT technologies in our everyday life is the Bluetooth trackers, that are most commonly knows as key finders or item finders, that are intended to provide an extra layer of safety in terms of keeping our valuables safe and prevent losing them.

Though there are many companies offering Bluetooth trackers and they boast to have a huge customer base, there are some common question uniting many customers interested in item finders – how it works?

Bluetooth tracker? Isn’t it the same as a GPS tracker?

The top question asked about Bluetooth trackers and whether it uses GPS to track items or not. Some people find themselves disappointed after purchase when they realize the Bluetooth trackers are not what they expected.

So the question of the day – what is a Bluetooth tracker and what is the difference between Bluetooth trackers and GPS trackers.

So, first things first: you can’t believe that as the name says, the Bluetooth trackers rely on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, whereas GPS trackers rely on GPS positioning system.

Bluetooth gives a limited connectivity range and the tracker directly connects to your phone, thus shortening the effective working distance. GPS, on the other hand, works globally and uses satellites to track your location. In this case, the tracker is not directly connected to your phone, it is connected to the server and then it uses the Internet to send the data to the server, and the phone gets the data from that server.

Both Bluetooth Trackers and GPS trackers can be used in different scenarios, though there are some pillar differences that should be taken into consideration to get the most of your device. So, let’s compare both devices and see their pros and cons.

  Bluetooth Tracker GPS Tracker
Battery life up to 1 year up to 4 days
Charging Swappable battery Charging at least 1 hour
Effective Working Distance up to 50 meters  everywhere
with Internet Access
Ease of Use Very Easy Moderate1
Data Transfer Cost Free Average to Expensive2
Sizes Small Size, Thin Medium Size, Thick
Privacy Local / 
Limited Distance Tracking
Realtime Tracking3
Requires Internet No4 Yes2,3
Setup Very Easy Moderate to Hard5
Price Cheap Average to expensive

We hope the article would be helpful for you to decide which technology is right for you. In case you are interested in Bluetooth Trackers, do not hesitate to check out the Vozni Smart Tracker, the futuristic, smart, slim & slick, yet affordable Bluetooth Tracker!

Vozni Smart Tracker

1. Maintenance may be required.
2. Data plan / global data roaming for the tracker to work and send data to the server.
3. Requires cellular network availability, data plan and roaming while travelling.
4. The data is first sent to the phone via Bluetooth, so it can work without the internet availability.
5. Requires a SIM card and a data plan that should be acquired separately.

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