Friday, March 21st, 2014
Google has become increasingly good at producing hardware over the past couple of years, and they’ve even applied that expertise to accessories. Case in point is their latest creation, the Official Nexus Micro USB Mains Charger, which was revealed this week. The charger features prominent Nexus branding, with a boxy design that is only slightly hamstrung by the inevitably massive UK plug at the end. The colour matches earlier Google accessories, with a matte black shade that looks good when new and won’t get as dirty as charging cables of lighter shades.
The charger is quite beautiful, and also compares favourably to previous Nexus chargers when it comes to the technical side of things. The new charger provides a 1.8A output, which should charge the Nexus 4, 5 and 7 at faster speeds than the 1.2A to 1.35A chargers shipped with these devices originally. That means less time with your phone on charge, and longer battery life if you only have a short period of time to charge your phone in the morning.
The charging rate means that the Nexus Micro USB Charger should be a good fit for all Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Older Nexus phones, like the Nexus One or Galaxy Nexus, may not see improvements in charging times.
The charger feels quite durable as well, with a reinforced tip and connector to the main adapter. The small size and rectangular shape should also make it quite easy to use on the go, particularly if you already have a Nexus USB cable to use at home.
The Official Nexus Micro USB Mains Charger will cost £9.99, making it a relatively inexpensive upgrade for your Nexus smartphone or tablet. It’s coming soon to Mobile Fun, and is already available for pre-order via the official Nexus Micro USB Charger product page here.
Thanks for checking out the article on the ultimate Nexus 5 charger. Be sure to let us know what you think of the newly designed official Nexus charger, and have a great weekend ahead!
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Good news, everyone! Google has announced that its wares will now be available in more European nation states. That includes Nexus devices (the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 5), the popular Chromecast HDMI dongle and a brand new Nexus-branded charger. Let’s take a look at what was announced.
Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 available in 8 new European territories
The biggest news was that the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 (2013) tablet are now available in eight new territories in Europe. The full list is Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. It looks like pricing and availability is varying somewhat by location, but the Nexus 7 is going for €269 (16 GB) or €299 (32 GB), while the Nexus 5 is going for €349 (16 GB) or €399 (32 GB).
Google Chromecast comes to 11 new nations
The Chromecast HDMI dongle has proved to be a success for Google since it launched eight months ago in the United States, and today Google are bringing it to the wider world. Eleven new countries are included, many of which will have region-specific video apps available on the Chromecast from day one. The full list of launch countries is Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The cost is remaining low too – £30 in the UK, €35 in Europe, and $39 in Canada.
New Nexus Charging Accessory
A new Nexus-branded microUSB charger rounds out the new arrivals. The Nexus charger has a nice design, with NEXUS written across the top of the boxy shape. The charger provides 1.8A of power, which should allow slightly faster charging than from the 1.2 and 1.35A chargers shipped with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). The charger costs $15 in the US, £10 in the UK, and €15 in the EU. Availability seems quite wide at the moment, including the new territories in which the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 launched in this week.
It was a big day of announcements from Google – and we haven’t even covered them all here. Look forward to a piece on Google Wear, a new Android offshoot designed for wearable devices like smartwatches, coming up soon on the Mobile Fun blog.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
Today we’re going to take a look at the Office Nexus Wireless Charging Pad.
As you might expect, this item provides rapid wireless charging for the members of the Nexus family of smartphones and tablets that support Qi wireless charging – at present, this includes the LG-made Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones, as well as the latest Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet (released in 2013). No matter which device you’re using, you’ll find wireless charging an easy alternative to micro USB wires.
It can be difficult to remember to plug in your Nexus every time it could be charging, but with wireless charging this is quite straightforward – just place it on top of your wireless charger and forget about it. Your Nexus will charge up to its full capacity, then automatically disengage from charging until it hits a low enough level once again. This practice is thought to extend battery longevity and prevents unnecessary heat and power use.
The coolest feature of the Nexus Wireless Charging Pad is its built-in magnets, which allow the Nexus tablets with magnets – the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet and Nexus 5 smartphone – to easily stick to the charging pad, locking in the device at an angle that ensures optimum wireless charging. This keeps your Nexus from sliding around or falling off, and makes placement a (literal) snap.
Of course, as this is an official wireless charging pad produced by LG, you’ll find that it matches the style of the Nexus family quite well. It is nondescript but well-proportioned, and will be a nice addition to your desk or bedside table.
For more information on this wireless charger, check out the product page linked below. I’ll also throw in a link to the rest of our Qi wireless chargers, which should also work with the Nexus lineup of smartphones and tablets.
Thanks for reading and be sure to let me know what you think of the article!
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
The Nexus 5 has just been released – but how does it compare to other phones on the market? In this four part series, we’ll answer that question. To get started, check out the comparison table or click the links below!
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Better late than never right? The Google Nexus Charging Orb is finally available in the UK. The Charging Orb is probably the nicest wireless charger that’s been released so far, but it’s taken some time between the initial announcement with the debut of the Nexus 4, and its actual availability in the UK this month.
This elegant wireless charger supports the Qi standard, making it ideal for the Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7. It can also be used with a wide range of devices that either come with Qi wireless charging built in (like Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phones) or have wireless charging accessories available (like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4).
The wireless charger provides 1A of power just by touching your Qi-compatible smartphone to the sloped stand, ensuring rapid charging. There are no wires between the phone and the charger, so you’re able to easily pick up the phone whenever you need to take a phone call, use an app or leave the room. Without the hassle of plugging and unplugging, you’ll be free to use your phone or tablet whenever you need it, without the risk of forgetting to plug it back in when you’re done. Of course, the Charging Orb also has some great safety features – it’ll automatically stop charging when your phone is fully charged.
The Nexus Charging Orb is a great first-party accessory for the Nexus 4 and now for the new Nexus 7, so if you’re still on the hunt for a quality wireless charger then it should be at the top of your list. We wish it was here earlier, but just think of it as just in time for the Nexus 7 2!
Are you still interested in the Nexus Charging Orb – maybe as the perfect charger for the new Nexus 7 2? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Thanks for reading the article and have a great afternoon!