- 12-02-2012, 01:11 PM #26
- 12-02-2012, 02:34 PM #28
2. I love Windows Phone and my Lumia 920.
I disagree here. I don't' call it a gimmick because Apple lacks it. I call it a gimmick because while I LOVE the feature, it's not that big of a deal. If you aren't getting a free charger, it's not a convenience worth the $50 cost of a charger (and the $35 cost of a case/cover, if your phone doesn't have wireless charging). It's a gimmick because it's a convenience not worth the monetary cost. I mention ALL THE TIME that you get the wireless charging and the pad for free with the Lumia 920, but I deliberately told my sister to not get a charger when she got her Lumia 822 (the moron at Verizon said it had wireless charging built in, but it doesn't without a new cover), because it's not a big enough deal to warrant the cost.
12-02-2012, 02:39 PM #29
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I am going to assume that you are pretty young, and that is ok! Ten years ago, I would have said that $50 for a silly accessory is too much, and not worth the cost. There are plenty of people that are not at that place in their lives, and I am sure you will be too. For me, I have no problem putting a charger on my computer desk at home and work, my nightstand, and the end table by the couch. Why? I am the kind of guy that likes topping off my phone, and not having to worry about a cable is a plus. Am I going to go around saying that everybody NEEDS one? Of course not. But it is more convenient, and better looking, than micro USB cables cluttered around the house.
Also, while I understand you don't like Apple and that you won't call the wireless charging a necessity once the iPhone utilizes it, that is not what the poster you quoted is saying, at all. He specifically mentioned reviewers. You can probably put this in the iOS users category. There seems to be the tendency of iOS users to feel and think that once Apple does it, it's time to adopt. You disagree. great! But he wasn't referring toy ou.
- 12-02-2012, 04:04 PM #30
And the above i paid the norm 699 euros for the phone in here + 59 euros for the wireless charger.
- 12-02-2012, 06:21 PM #32
speaking of charging pads, here goes apple applying for yet another patent (along with their other 1 million patents) for wireless charging technology. it does work differently than nokia's.
Apple applies for patent on wireless charging system
12-02-2012, 06:29 PM #33
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- 12-02-2012, 06:43 PM #34
- 12-02-2012, 07:20 PM #35
If you want Nokia released portable charger with battery inside back in 2011 called DC-16.
- 12-02-2012, 11:10 PM #36
More than a gimmick for me. Previously I had to buy a couple Blue Lounge CableDrop thingies to keep our micro USB plugs from falling behind or bedside tables. Even then, my wife and I spent a few seconds each night to find, grapple with and (sometimes) reverse the direction of the plug to fit into our phones to charge them for the night.
There's just no beating the ease and convenience of plopping our phones down on their pads without any squinting, plugging or tugging. Not only do we save a few seconds every night, but it's double the joy when the spouse in already in bed and the room is dark. No fumbling about in the dark to charge my phone for the night.
I can't wait until this tech is ubiquitous for use with other home electronics and built into tables at restaurants and coffee shops.
Last edited by msdugn; 12-03-2012 at 07:18 PM.
- 12-02-2012, 11:35 PM #38
Anybody who used a Palm webOS phone with Touchstones would tell you that wireless charging isn't a gimmick -- it's life-changing (and was VERY hard to give up when we had to go to other ecosystems).
The one thing Qi is missing, which Palm got right (IMO) is magnetic grip. Touchstones would "grab and hold" the phone using magnets, which feels a little more secure than just laying the phone down on top of a slab of plastic or pillow.
- 12-03-2012, 12:14 AM #40
Someone really needs to make a universal car mount adapter for wireless charging. I don't mind plugging in my phone at the desk or nightstand. It's when I'm in my car, anxious to get moving, that fiddling with a cable and then its obstruction of the rest of the dash that pisses me off to no end. If I could just slap the puppy in there, snap in secure, and have the cable pre-routed around all the knobs I'd be set. In fact, make a second version with a bluetooth to aux adapter for the poor sobs in old cars w/o new radios.
12-03-2012, 12:19 AM #41
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I thought it would be gimmicky until I got the free pad and now I don't have to crawl under my desk at work all of the time to charge the phone like i used to have to do when the dang charging cord was always falling down. Seems gimmicky, but it isn't. I really like it.
12-03-2012, 01:05 AM #43
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I love the wireless charging too. I was wondering ... what happens if you use the wireless charger AND the wired charger at the same time? Double speed, or maybe it just melts the phone? I'm not so sure i want to test this out ... I am digging my new phone too much.
- 12-03-2012, 05:48 AM #44
Wireless charging is just so much better than having to plug a cord. Plus it saves wear and tear on the phone's USB connector.
12-03-2012, 07:49 AM #45
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I'm going to bite and call it a gimmick because the charging pad didn't come with the phone and I bought mine full retail and wasn't given a charging pad. Probably no fault of ATT, but would have been nice and I'm sure if they included it and added 50 bucks to the cost they would have still sold like hotcakes.
- 12-03-2012, 11:09 AM #50
I got my charging pad on Saturday afternoon :D I was really excited about it, and couldn't wait to use it that night. It's placed on my night stand by my bed, so it'll be easy to grab incase I get an emergency call in the middle of the night. Well, it worked great Saturday night, but I noticed this morning that it was only at 60% when I took it off the charger to leave for work. It was on the charger all night, so it should've been 100%. Not sure if there's a specific way it has to sit on the charger, so tonight I'll be checking on that.
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