The Chipolo ONE Spot is now available to pre-order, offering a small price benefit, and a built-in keyring hole, over AirTag, its fellow Find My device from Apple.
Announced ahead of Apple’s launch of the AirTag, the similar Chipolo ONE Spot device tracker is now available for pre-order. It’s the first third-party tracking device to use Apple’s Find My network, and it offers similar functions to the AirTag, but with advantages.
The first is that built right into the tracker is a hole so that it can be fitted to a keyring. Apple’s AirTags require the separate purchase of an accessory in order to be attached to a ring.
Then Chipolo is selling the new tracker for slightly less than Apple. A single Chipolo ONE Spot costs $28, instead of Apple’s $29.
More significantly, a four-pack of Chipolo ONE Spots is currently slated to sell for $90. That’s a nine-dollar saving over Apple, but Chipolo’s site suggests that at some point the four-pack may go up to $112.
AirTags are more water resistant, being rated at IP67 — meaning they can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The Chipolo ONE Spot is rated IPX5, which means it can resist splashes.
The Chipolo ONE Spot is louder, however, Unofficial tests suggest that the AirTag speaker can go up to 64dB. Chipolo states its new device can achieve 120dB. AirTags can also use the iPhone’s ultra wideband for precise finding, where the ONE Spot cannot.
Chipolo currently states that its pre-orders for June are sold out. Ordering now will see devices shipped in August.
AirTags and the new Chipolo ONE Spot are currently the only tracking devices that are compatible with Apple’s Find My network. Tile offers alternatives that use its own proprietary network, and AppleInsider has extensively compared the three devices.
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