Chipolo has been making Bluetooth trackers for a while, but its latest track tags have benefited in association with Apple AirTag. Instead of the usual company-specific Bluetooth networks used by other tags like Tile and even other Chipolo products, this works with Apple Find my network, which recruits literally millions of iOS devices to help locate your device.
So what makes the One Dot different from AirTags? The price, but just worth it. The Chipolo One Spot is $ 28, meanwhile Apple tags cost $ 29. The innocuous feature that distinguishes the One Spot from AirTags is that it already has a forum, meaning it can go directly onto your keychain without buying a mandatory accessory.
The One Spot doesn’t look remotely like an AirTag. It doesn’t look as premium as Apple’s shiny metal track label. Made of matte black plastic, the One Spot looks like a token that you insert to unlock a shopping cart. But I prefer it – it’s more subtle, unpretentious. I don’t want to signal that I will be able to trace something that is lost, or perhaps, stolen.
The AirTag may look a little out of place too much visible, shining in the light with a screaming Apple logo. Chipolo’s iteration, always circular, could be confused with a simple key chain or token – something even Tile couldn’t really claim. The squarish concept of Tile is the de facto aspect for a tracker tag. The One Spot, like the AirTag, has a user-replaceable battery that should last about a year, depending on how long you’ve forgotten.
Starting with One Spot is identical to the AirTag experience, which is nice to see from a third-party device. Pull out the battery protection tag, tap the tag and use the Find My iPhone app (yes, it’s only iOS) to add the new item. It appears on the screen and you are good to go. Once you have tagged it, it will appear in your Articles tab. From there, you can play audible alerts from One Spot, put them in Lost Mode or see where the last detection was.
One Spot sounds louder than any AirTag – even if Apple recent update he uniformed this a bit. And while I don’t get the finer location tracking that the AirTag can do with its U1 chip, in my cursor tests on my apartment block, the Chipolo tracker had a stronger Bluetooth signal. One Spot is an interesting proposition. When your main rival owns the infrastructure you are exploiting, you will reap the benefits, but not all.
Is the One Spot better than Apple’s AirTag? The boring answer is that it depends. Interestingly, the price difference is so small that it makes no difference. The keychain forum ensures that the Chipolo version is a better tracker for your keys, but AirTags are tougher, able to take more water- and dust-based abuse.
If you’re leaning towards the One Spot, you may want to rush back to the Chipolo online store, as it currently receives orders for shipments in August. It seems like a lot of people want to trace their keys – and they don’t want to involves a drill do it.
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