Posts tagged with: qi
  • by | July 29, 2013 1:20 PM

    Wireless charging is still a hit-or-miss feature with mobile users. Not everyone cares for it or sees the point. But those who do love the ability to drop your phone on a mat and let it charge without the hassle of cables. The Nexus 7 announcement last week also came with a tiny surprise for wireless charging sympathizers. The 7-inch, affordable tablet comes with the Qi standard for wireless charging built into its thin frame. But there's a problem: not a lot of tablets come with wireless charging abilities. Thus, most wireless chargers are best suited for smartphones. So which wireless ...

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  • by | July 3, 2013 4:23 PM

    Updated to include battery-charging figures below. Samsung’s official Galaxy S III wireless charging kit was announced alongside that 2012 flagship, but it didn’t arrive on the market until long after - and many regions are still waiting to get their hands on it. This year, Samsung appears committed to avoiding a similar situation with the new Galaxy S 4: the company has just sent us a sample Galaxy S4 wireless charger for review, and we've spent a couple days getting to know it. Because we haven't given it the usual weeks-long review treatment -and because accessory reviews are the ...

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  • by | June 20, 2013 12:40 PM

    The wireless charging space has its nondescript plates, its chopped-in-half spheres, and its invisibly integrated landing zones - but what it's lacking in most cases is a sense of style. With its new Qi-enabled wireless charging dock, accessory maker TYLT looks to shake up that status quo somewhat, and the company was kind enough to send us our very own TYLT Vu for a quick look. This isn't a review per se, as the Vu is not yet in full production and we haven't used it long enough to render a solid opinion or to shake out any bugs (if any exist). Rather, this is a quick, hands-on snapshot ...

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  • by | March 25, 2013 6:17 PM

    We were doing some speculating on last week's episode of the Pocketnow Live, and, as tends to happen, we got to talking about the future. Not the distant future, where embedded transceivers and wearable gadgets have replaced the smartphone, but some time before that. An era close to our own, with smartphones in nearly every pocket and more connectivity than ever, but with an important catch: this hypothetical world features connectivity without cables. Signal without strings. Phones without ports. The idea is amazing. So amazing I can't claim credit for it. Sure, other publications have ...

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  • by | February 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Wireless charging may finally have a shot at going mainstream in 2013, and we've recently seen companies like Samsung begin to more publicly embrace the technology with the creation of their own wireless chargers. The latest one to be announced comes to us from LG, and it is one tiny little thing – LG calls it the smallest in the world. LG's model WCP-300 looks like a flattened hockey puck; imagine taking the comparatively bulky Nexus 4 charger and just chopping off the bottom. You're left with a charger that looks more like a coaster than anything else, and should fit in right at home ...

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  • by | February 18, 2013 4:45 AM

    At long last, the official Wireless Charger for the Google Nexus 4 hit the Play Store for a cool $60 last Monday. For a cool $59.99, plus tax and shipping, the official charger isn't exactly cheap, but neither is any other wireless charger. This one comes with a premium feel, solid build and, most importantly, Nexus branding. A unit landed on my doorstep late last week and I immediately stopped what I was doing to tear into the packaging and see what all the hubbub was about. Having only two functions, charging and propping up the device, there aren't a lot of tricks in this product's bag. ...

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  • by | February 11, 2013 1:04 PM

    We had high hopes for Samsung's Galaxy S III embracing wireless charging technology, but it ultimately feel short of our expectations, offering such abilities only through the use of alternate back plates available from other companies. Since it launched, we've seen wireless charging becoming more and more mainstream, arriving fully-integrated on phones like the Nexus 4, and now we're getting the feeling that Samsung could finally be ready to get serious about it too, with a Samsung wireless charging pad showing up at the FCC. The FCC docs are pretty substantial, including a whole bunch of ...

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  • by | January 30, 2013 1:17 PM

    We've been taunted and teased with the dream of inductive charging for years, and now it's finally here! Well, it's here for some of us. After more than a few competing standards have been quietly battling it out, the Qi (pronounced "chee") standard seems to be the one that is going to be here to stay. In the early days if you wanted to inductively charge your device you needed to either buy a replacement battery and door with the technology built-in, or a "backpack"-style case that included the necessary induction coil and circuitry to enable chargers to replenish the battery inside your ...

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  • by | January 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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  • by | January 13, 2013 5:10 AM

    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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  • by | January 11, 2013 7:55 PM

    There are two really good ways that wireless smartphone charging could move from being a novelty to something that's immediately recognizable as useful. One would be really long-range charging, over distances of several feet, if not farther. There are some substantial technical limitations preventing us from seeing that at the moment, but who knows; maybe we'll get there in another ten years. The other, and so much more accessible way that wireless charging could make a big impact, is through the installation of ubiquitous charging spots. That would mean no longer having the need to carry ...

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  • by | January 9, 2013 10:04 PM

    After a bumpy start, wireless charging is starting to pick up a little bit of steam. We've seen the feature included on some high-profile smartphones, a far cry from its early days when you had to hunt-down a custom battery cover and install it yourself. The Qi standard is at the forefront of the movement, and we swung by the company's CES booth to learn what they've been up to. Seeing all these Qi-supported devices at once really drove home the point that wireless charging is only going to pick up the pace and become even more prevalent in 2013. Besides phones, Qi had a ton of chargers on ...

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  • by | January 9, 2013 6:45 PM

    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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  • by | December 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    We've talked about wireless charging in the past and have wondered why it's not more popular. One of the reasons could be the relative scarcity of inductive chargers, another reason is the confusing variety of wireless chargers and varying standards on the market today. We've been hearing about inductive charging for our phones a few years ago, and even saw the charger that we'll go hands-on with today back in September 2010! Now it's time to put the talk behind us and go hands-on with the Energizer Single Inductive Charger. Energizer makes a pair of Qi (pronounced "chee") compatible ...

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