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Verdict

The Chipolo Card Point is a highly discrete and intuitive way to for Android users to track their wallet. At launch, however, it’s more useful for finding it in your local vicinity than it is over longer distances. Once Google sorts its Find My Device network out, it’ll be even more useful.

Pros

  • Compact credit card-like design
  • Incredibly easy to set up
  • Seamless Google Find My integration

Cons

  • Google Find My Device network has limited reach right now
  • Lack of UWB means poor nearby precision
  • Battery not interchangable

Key Features

  • Water-resistant designWith IPX5 water resistance, the Chipolo Card Point will survive a stint in the rain.
  • Fits into a wallet or pocketThanks to its super-slim card-shaped design, the Chipolo Card Point will fit into any wallet or bag pocket.
  • Only one colourUnlike the plain Chipolo Card, which has six colour options, you can only get the Chipolo Card Point in white.

Introduction

It’s all very well having a Bluetooth tracker you can attach to your keys or to a lanyard on your bag, but what about your equally precious wallet or passport? The Chipolo Card Point provides a neatly unassuming solution, and it works exclusively with Google’s new Find My Device network.

That latter point is what differentiates the Chipolo Card Point from the Chipolo Card and Chipolo Card Spot, which work with the standalone Chipolo app and Apple’s Find My network respectively. We rated those other iterations pretty highly, so hopes are high for this distinctly Android-flavoured variant.

The Card Point forms part of a one-two Google-punch with the Chipolo One Point, which is the brand’s own key tracker built for the Find My Device network. Between them, they promise an intuitive and affordable Bluetooth tracking experience for Android users

On the latter point, the Chipolo Card Point costs £35 per tracker, and you can also purchase them in bundles of two or four. Is it something you’ll want to open your wallet for?

Design

  • Slim card-like design
  • Only one colour, white
  • IPX5 splash resistant
  • Non-replaceable battery

As the name suggests, the Chipolo Card Point’s unique selling, er, point is its credit card-aping form factor. The footprint is an exact match for the various cards in your wallet, and while it’s quite a bit thicker at 2.4mm, it’s still skinny enough to slip into a spare wallet flap or document pouch.

Like the Chipolo One Point, it’s IPX5 rated. This means that it’s splashproof rather than full-on waterproof, but that’s less of an issue here where the tracker is always likely to be tucked away and quite probably surrounded by water-repelling plastic.

Chipolo Card Point front angle
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Also like the One Point, it’s only available in a fairly drab white colour, though that’s also a trait it shares with the plain Chipolo Card. Again, given that this tracker is designed to be tucked away and forgotten about, that’s not such an issue.

Unfortunately, unlike the Chipolo One Point, there’s no replaceable battery provision here. It comes down to the tracker’s uniquely flat dimensions, which doubtless required a more bespoke power solution.

It’s not all bad news, since the Card Point’s battery lasts twice as long as the One Point’s at a full two years. Also, Chipolo runs a discounted Recycle and Renew program that means you can return your Card Point before it completely runs out of battery and have it replaced for half the retail price. It’s not perfect, but given that this doesn’t use an off-the-shelf battery like the One Point, it’s probably as a good a solution as could be managed for a reasonable price.

Features

  • Simple one-button set-up
  • Google Find My Device integration
  • Loud notification when lost

The whole point of the Chipolo Card Point is that it works natively with Android without any fiddly set-up procedure. Sure enough, it proved easy peasy to get up and running.

Just press the built-in button (designated by a tactile dot on the corner) near a compatible Android phone, and a pop-up should appear to get you connected. It’s just a few brief steps to attach the tracker to your Google account.

Going back to the issue of smartphone compatibility, not every Android phone is fully up and running with the Google Find My Device app at the time of writing. I was able to switch between a Motorola Edge 50 Ultra, Pixel 8, and Sony Xperia 1 VI without issue, but neither of Chipolo’s trackers appeared in the app on the OnePlus Nord CE 4 Lite 5G. It’s early days, though, and universal support should be coming.

Chipolo Card Point in wallet
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When it comes to tracking the Chipolo, tapping the tracker’s image in the Google Find My Devices app brings up a map page that should show you its last known location. The map reading proved accurate when the tracker was close to hand or in a public area, but I found that it showed up blank annoyingly often, such as when the Card One was taken to a neighbouring town.

This is almost certainly down to teething troubles for the Google Find My Device network rather than an issue with the tracker itself. To summarise, Google’s Find My Devices network can use other people’s Android devices to securely and anonymously locate your own, including compatible trackers.

However, the setting that’s necessary to ensure universal tracking regardless of the network environment is currently an option buried in the Find My Device app menu rather than the default. Google really needs to change this if its tracking network is to be as useful as Apple’s (and potentially, given the higher number of Android devices out there, even more so).

Chipolo Card Point with One Point trackers
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When it comes to local tracking, however, the Chipolo Card Point performs better. Tapping ‘Find nearby’ in the Google Find My Devices app presents a stylish little hotter/colder gauge to help guide you closer to your lost wallet. It’s not as specific as Apple’s AirTag thanks to the lack of ultra-wideband (UWB), which is a bit of a shame.

Still, if you tap the ‘Play sound’ option in the app when within 60 metres of the tracker, it’ll emit a shrill ringtone. At 105dB, it isn’t quite as loud as the Chipolo One Point (which gets to 120dB), and you could arguably do with it being even louder given where it’s going to be stored. Even so, it should prove loud enough to guide you over those last few feet.

The Chipolo Card Point lacks the Chipolo Card and Chipolo Card Spot’s ability to reverse-track your phone, which is a bit of a shame, and you won’t get any notifications if your wallet suddenly starts moving away from you (or vice versa).

On the plus side, it’s very easy to share access to the tracker’s location with one person – a potentially helpful feature for when your partner is frantically looking for your passport at home while you’re having a full-blown meltdown at the airport. It happens.

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Should you buy it?

You’re an Android user who’s always losing their wallet

The Chipolo Card Point works exclusively and seamlessly with Android, and slips discretely into any wallet or folder.

You want a Bluetooth tracker with reliable long range tracking ability

Google’s Find My Device Network will be a powerful long-range tracking tool some day, but it’s not there yet.

Final Thoughts

The Chipolo Card Point is a well-built credit card-shaped Bluetooth tracker that slips neatly into a wallet or document pouch. It lacks UWB for precise location tracking, but a solid ringtone feature and Google’s proximity tool help out in that regard.

Where it really falls down at the time of writing is in the flawed implementation of Google’s young Find My Device network, which inhibits the ability to track the Card Point over longer ranges.

The company’s battery replacement solution is also a lot more convoluted than with the Chipolo One range, though it does have extended stamina by way of mitigation.

All in all, the Chipolo Card Point is solid way for Android users to keep track of their precious wallet, and it’ll almost certainly get a lot better as Google’s core tracking service improves. From the outset, however, it’s not quite the total package.

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FAQs

Can you replace the Chipolo Card Point’s battery?

Unfortunately not – once the Card Point runs flat, it’s effectively e-waste. However, Chipolo will recycle it for you and offer you 50% towards a replacement, which does make it somewhat more acceptable.

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