Well it’s finally here. After months and months of waiting, the Nexus 4 wireless charger is available in Google Play. It might have taken forever for one of the key selling points of the Nexus 4 to launch, but it is here at last. The starting price of the much hyped accessory will be a huge $60. Oh fine, alright, it’s actually $59.99 but there really isn’t any difference. An expensive piece of equipment is still an expensive piece of equipment, and one cent won’t change that anytime soon.
So we have established that the Nexus 4 wireless charging station is a huge hit to ones wallet. So what do you get for the price? First of all you get the package, a fairly odd design of a cut in half sphere that is tilted to the side. It looks pretty high tech and fairly classy, but looks aren’t everything and it still needs to function effectively to be worth it at all. The charging plate seems to do a fairly good job of topping off the the Nexus 4 and other devices attached to it in a quick amount of time. Maybe not as fast as a more traditional cord charger, but not too much slower either. One nice thing about the charging plate is that it uses the standard Qi protocol to charge the devices attached to it. So it isn’t just compatible with the Nexus 4. Anything that can work with this protocol will be able to be charged on the plate. In all it’s not that much worth it when it comes down to the performance, so why are they charging that outrageous price?
Most of it will probably boil down to the fact that a mass of wires looks unappealing and pretty sloppy. While just this on a desk at work with nothing else attached will make the person look fairly modernized and much more professional. Sure there still is a cord that you have to plug into the wall, but you can be fairly creative with hiding the plug and cords so just the charger is in plain view.
So the bottom line is if you want to look like some big wig in an office setting, this accessory for the Nexus 4 might just be what you have been looking for. Otherwise I would advise the lot of you to stick to your efficient cords and docking bays. It might look sharp and high tech, but that is really all it has going for it. Your cord will do a better job and is cheaper and easier to replace. Maybe when the price inevitably falls from that enormous sum of $60 will I consider the price worth it, but for now, do your wallet a favor and steer clear.