Are you in favour of wireless charging?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by The Game 161, Oct 4, 2013.

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Are you in favour of wireless charging?

  1. Yes I have wireless charging or would get kit for wireless charging

    83 vote(s)
    66.9%
  2. No I don't use or plan to use it

    41 vote(s)
    33.1%
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    The Game 161

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    Those that have phones who does allow wireless charging or will be are you in favour of wireless charging or have it? or do you think it's pointless and would just charge as you do normally?
     
  2. macrumors 603

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    It's a useless feature for me.
     
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    adder7712

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    I think simply plugging in a USB cable is sufficiently convenient.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    I have it on my current phone and I enjoy it. It's not a feature that would keep me from getting a certain phone if I liked the phone, but I really like the convenience.
     
  5. MRU
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    MRU

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    Until I got mine, I would have said its just as easy to plug in the USB.

    Having got the wireless charging - it's great. works with my S4 & Nexus 7. Just sit it on the plate, walk away and if anyone rings don't have to worry about unplugging it to assert a call, just pick it up.

    They are overpriced for the official versions such as Samsung's wireless charging kit, but given that QI charger and adapters can be bought for $30-35 all in - they are worth it.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    I added wireless charging to my s4 using the old palm pre touchstone dock. The parts are super cheap. Under $20 for two docks and the charging coil. It is slower than USB but very convenient. I use one at my desk at work and one on my nightstand.
     
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    Assault

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    This right here. Until you use wireless charging, you think plugging in is just fine. Once you have wireless charging, having to plug in all the time sucks. All my future phones will have Qi charging. Universal Qi chargers are under $30 these days.
     
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    THE JUICEMAN

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    This is one of the features I'm looking forward to most on the nexus 5. It will be very convenient on my desk at the office and on the night stand. It's always sitting on the desk all day anyway. Why not keep it charged? And with the nexus charger it sits at an angle so it can be used. Sounds great to me.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a used Nexus 4 that came with a "wireless" charger and had a Palm Pre that had one, no use to me. It is more clutter on the desk and It takes one second to hook up my phone to a cable
     
  10. macrumors 68020

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    When I got my Nexus 4, I read about wireless charging and was excited about it for about a minute and then never thought about it again.
     
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    onthecouchagain

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    Yes. Why not? While the technology develops, there's no reason you can't continue to use the cable to charge. You won't lose the cable until wireless charging and wireless transferring are mature.

    So, yes.

    If I get a Nexus 5, I'll have that and the N7. Now that my two devices have wireless charging, I may get a charger pad. Drop them down on the pad when I get home -- life becomes a little more convenient.
     
  12. macrumors 601

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    Wireless as in charging simply by being in the room would be great.

    Wireless as in placing on a charging pad, mildly useful.
     
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    F123D

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    Not having to plug in a cable everyday? Being able to pick up the phone and answer a call or text without the cable getting in the way? Would love it.
     
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    Jessica Lares

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    No, docks are better.
     
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    McGiord

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    The advantage of the cable is that it can be a long cable, as I understand the wireless charging technology that is currently out thee requires you to have the device place on a mat/platform? Useless if you can't use the device comfortably while it is charging.
    How fast is it?

    I have a 3m lightning cable.
     
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    tbayrgs

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    It's certainly not a necessity but I love the convenience of it. I grabbed a few of the Nokia pads and one of their charging stands while on sale recently and have them scattered throughout the house. I'm only using my Nexus 7 on them now but will take advantage of them further if I pick up a Nexus 5.

    Yes, they're not as efficient as wired charging and no, you cannot hold and use your device with them (well, not easily ;)) but it's just much easier to quickly drop your device on a pad and far easier to pick it up if needed quickly, without the risk of damaging the microUSB port.

    Not having it won't likely dissuade me from choosing a device but I do enjoy the convenience it provides.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    I would use it if the charger comes free with the purchase. Otherwise, I see no use for it.

    Still waiting for a wireless charger that can truly charge wirelessly (over-the-air charging :D)
     
  18. macrumors 68000

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    I think in its current state it's not particularly useful or handy, but it definitely has potential. Hopefully they will standardize the technology and before they make big strides with it.

    I'm just afraid to let my phone leave the charger before it's fully charged. I'm really OCD about my charge cycles.
     
  19. macrumors 68040

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    I would only used wireless charging if it's an out the the box feature. Otherwise it would be just a novelty for me.
     
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    onthecouchagain

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    I feel as if this isn't something people would come to appreciate until they've actually done it.

    Think about being able to place your phone down without the need to plug it, and pick up your phone to go without the need to unplug it anytime you want. Anytime you're not using it, it's charging on the mat.

    Then imagine getting used to that and going back to having to get the end of the chord, plug it in, then set it down; and conversely, pick it up, unplug, then go. And that's the only way to charge. If you came home and just placed it on your desk, it wouldn't be charging.

    I think people would suddenly appreciate wireless charging. Just a wild guess.


    EDIT: Also imagine all the times when you're charging with the chord, and you get a call or message, and you either have to unplug to answer or reply, or answer and reply whilst tethered to the chord, with it dangling from the phone.

    Then imagine having wireless charging and getting a call/message/email then. Just pick up, do your thing, and put it back.

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    The more I think about it, the more I can't wait for this convenience. It's minor, but after you get used to it, a chord will feel terribly cumbersome, I predict.
     
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    tbayrgs

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    This is exactly where I appreciate it the most. Cannot count the number of times I have it plugged in somewhere in the house, have to sprint to catch the call before it goes to voicemail. I also use my phone as my alarm--right now my HTC One sits in a dock so grabbing the phone is a two handed operation. Just being able to pick it up will be so nice.

    Again, I understand plugging in or unplugging a device in isn't that difficult but once you've used wireless charging, you quickly come to appreciate it.
     
  22. macrumors G3

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    My question is how much more electricity does it use? Will it affect other electronics that are near it?

    Whereas I bought the Apple 12W charger to get faster charging times.
     
  23. macrumors 68040

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    I would appreciate wireless charging if it was some sort of emitter which charges a device from a distance away, without me having to leave it on a mat.
     
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    TacticalDesire

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    Who cares. If it's there it's there. Nobodies forced to use it or like it. Yet.
     
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    onthecouchagain

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    How do you think we'll get there? Wireless charging mat is the first step. No ones forces to use it in the mean time.

    It's another method of charging. Choice.
     

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