I wish this idea would be implemented at all airports. I can't tell you how many times that I have been walking around a terminal to look for an available outlet so I can charge my phone.For me, I never linger in Starbucks long enough for this to be useful, but put this in airports where I am often waiting for a plane and all outlets are being used by other people charging their phones and I would be very interested.
Any charging could have an impact, especially if your battery is low.
The idea for them is that you are going to stay and drink your drink while your phone picks up a little charge. But hey since you are staying maybe you will get that muffin you were thinking about. And so on.
And for all we know this case is something you have to buy outright and it's got its own battery like a mophie which charges faster so even more impact.
You both sort of missed the point of my post. It was more a commentary about the people who hang out in Starbucks as opposed to getting a coffee and leaving. keysofanxiety and futbalguy got it.Perhaps anyone who uses an electronic device. It's always nice to have a little charge.
because waterproofAs charge mats need power at the table/bar or whatever, why don't they just have USB Ports?
This does not alienate non-iphone/samsung s% users, and let people charge say, iPads.
Wireless charge charging was attempted in some Train Station kiosks in the UK, only to find most people walked away with the connectors.
Seems unlikely given Apple's obsession for thinness. I recall a story here a couple of years ago where they thought about wireless charging, but dismissed it because it would make the phone thicker.Hopefully the iPhone 6 will support wirelessly charging out of the box without a case.
Not to mention C- students, wannabes, and countless people who are so frugal that won't buy in-car chargers. Bring a refill cup, pay $0.50 for coffee while charging phones.
An even better way would just be to provide USB ports in the tables. That way you only need your lightning cable not a Duracell case that takes so long to charge you will never leave Starbucks.For Starbucks this seems like an easy way to get additional traffic into their stores and for customers to stay longer which increases spending. Not sure what the the deal is for Duracell, but I am sure they are getting compensated beyond just the market recognition. And I am sure this will drive some phone case sales for iPhone users.
For me, I never linger in Starbucks long enough for this to be useful, but put this in airports where I am often waiting for a plane and all outlets are being used by other people charging their phones and I would be very interested.
Have you ever been in LA?
Have a Mophie that was really great until I plugged in the mini USB cable one day and the plug just went 'snap' and broke internally. Now I have a mint Mophie that won't work. Maybe wireless would be better...Or just get Mophie case and you can do this anywhere.
Joking aside, I used to be worried about that when I saw shady-looking charging stations at shopping centres until I went to charge it on a public computer when it suddenly popped a notification up on my phone asking permission. Once I denied it the phone went into charge-only mode and that was the end of it.Condition of use:
"Starbucks reserves the right to use and download your contact list and enable geolocation on your phone."
[ACCEPT] [I DON'T CARE]
If I need to wait for a bus or something I'll often go into the closest coffee place because there is abundant seating and it's almost always relatively quiet. Anyways, if you are at 5-10% charge, 20 minutes of charging can mean the difference between your phone dying while sending a text and being able to browse the web while you sit in traffic*.
Not all people have cars.Not to mention C- students, wannabes, and countless people who are so frugal that won't buy in-car chargers. Bring a refill cup, pay $0.50 for coffee while charging phones.
I have the "official" Nexus charger: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GN1YKBU , which is now a small flat square. It charges pretty much equally as quickly as the wired charger. Maybe they learned and improved on the Nexus 4 setup. It has worked really well for me for about six months. I suppose YMMV, but I couldn't be happier.What kind do you have? I didn't get the Orb when I bought my Nexus 4 because $60 was outrageous. I'm using a flat charger that has a light to indicate when it's in the right spot, and of course the phone chirps to confirm. But I've also had both confirm that charging has begun, and a few minutes later, it's stopped even though the phone hasn't vibrated, such as for a call.
The wireless charging process also takes at least twice as long. That's another reason why I rarely use it.