A couple of months ago I wrote about purchasing my Wocket Wallet. Back on June 1st, I received my invitation to purchase my Wocket Wallet and the second I received it, I took out my credit card and purchased it. About a month later I received it. After using it for about 3 weeks, I felt it was time to give a review on it.
The idea of having 1 card that lets me access all my credit cards was extremely appealing. I wouldn’t need to carry 8 or more cards anymore plus it could carry my discount or loyalty cards as well. Over the last few weeks there have been some awesome moments and lets say not so awesome moments with my Wocket.
Once I received my Wocket, I was able to start it right up and load my cards onto the device with absolutely no issue. The touchscreen was very responsive and the wallet wasn’t super thick. I had all my cards loaded onto the Wocket in about 45 minutes.
RIght out of the box, I thought the qualify was outstanding. The Wocket doesn’t feel cheap, it is a very solid device and even the leather card holder is made well. It was very easy to slide out of the wallet holder to add my cards and easy to slide back into place. Initially, it was difficult to remove the card from the wallet, but it has since loosened up and I can now remove the card with one hand.
After loading my cards, I HAD to use it, so I decided to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I will admit I was a little nervous about it, but since I had read some issues other people were having, I had a back up credit card just in case. I had no interest in using that card unless it was a last resort. But, as I checked out, there was no issue at all in using my Wocket. SCORE!
I even tweeted out my success of my first transaction with my Wocket. A few days later, I was at T Mobile, activating my Nexus 6 (only until I get my Fi invite!) and the employee helping me said my Wocket looked awesome. He thought it was cool that this device was able to hold all my cards. After activating my Nexus, I went to pay my bill. I swiped 3 to 4 times and nothing. FAIL (talk about a confidence buster). That was my first issue with it and I felt there were going to be some growing pains with it, but overall it’s a great product.
I was told that there was a software update coming soon that should fix that issue. I am hopeful that is the case, I have noticed that most of my issues have come from the newer card readers. I think this will resolve, with the new update. There have been an increasing number of issues of places accepting my Wocket, but I think I have an idea why this is occurring.
One thing I have noticed after using for a few weeks, that is a little disappointing, is the paint from the card is already starting to rub off. On the back there are scratches on the paint and even on my magnetic strip. Recently, I have had to swipe my card 2 to 3 times for the card to be read, these are at the same places that would accept on first swipe a few weeks ago. I believe it is due to the many little scratches and the few longer scratches on the strip.
I have had 2 incidences where the screen looks like a barcode and freezes, but it fixes itself in about 10 to 15 seconds. I have read of others having issues with this, but I’ve seen this just a couple of times. It resolves itself and I haven’t seen in a couple of weeks.
The card stays in its slot when not being used. I haven’t done anything to accelerate the wear on the card and I think that should be addressed. I think it currently looks like a credit card that has many years of use on it and I’m a little worried that at this rate, it’ll be completely worn out in a couple of months.
One concern I had when I bought the Wocket was the lack of Chip in the card, I was told it is being worked on and I believe it is. I’m sure there will be more information on this in the upcoming months.
Currently, my Wocket has a “swipe success rate” of around 75-80%. I don’t think this is nearly high enough for a card that is wanting to replace my wallet. It is becoming harder to use, but I think it’s because of the wear on the magnetic strip. I hope that this is fixed. I do have a back up card, but I have missed out using the best card in a given category because of this. Hopefully some of these issues are resolved by the upcoming update.
One feature I am looking forward to, is the integration of Wallaby into the Wocket. When Wocket launches their app, I believe you’ll be able to group your cards into categories, like groceries or gas. I hope Wallaby will show you the card at which category will yield the best result directly from the wallet and not requiring a phone to be near. It would be great when the update occurs if the Wallaby logo would be next to the specific card that you would determine to be the best for a certain categories, like gas or groceries.
Overall the concept of the Wocket is fantastic and I really do enjoy it. Having a stand alone device that allows me access to all my cards is amazing. I think there are some pieces that could be improved, mostly the quality of the card. I know there is a lot behind making a card like this, but the amount of wear on this card in 3 weeks I think is unacceptable. I think my lower acceptance rate is due to the scratches on the magnetic strip. I hope the update helps fix some of the issues with certain credit card readers not accepting it.
Have you purchased a Wocket Wallet? How has your experience with it?