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Official Nexus Micro USB Charger coming soon

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!

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Google announce wider EU availability for Chromecast, Nexus devices, new Nexus charger

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.

Conclusion

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.

Nexus 7 (2013) impressions and accessories

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I’ve just had a chance to play with the new Nexus 7, and I’ve got to say that I’ve come away impressed.

This is a super slick tablet, with a wafer thing chassis. The original Nexus 7 didn’t feel particularly bulky, but shaving off those extra millimetres definitely makes for a satisfyingly suave experience. I’m not a fan of the new soft-touch material, though. The rubber on the original felt more comfortable to me.

The new screen is a really big upgrade – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 7″ screen this sharp, beautiful and well calibrated. This seems to be backed up by analysis by Anandtech. The 1920 x 1200 resolution works well, and the 16:10 aspect ratio seems a bit better than the thinner 16:9.

The Android 4.3 software and upgraded internals seem to be making a big impact too. Generally, things are slick and fluid. Potentially, the biggest silent upgrade is to the tablet’s flash storage. While capacities remain the same, the memory is much faster, speeding up any task that depends on I/O – which is pretty much everything.

The original Nexus 7 was a great tablet, but this is an equally great follow-up. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to take a more in-depth look later on this year!

With this mini-review complete, let’s have a look at some of the best accessories I’d choose if I bought a new Nexus 7 for myself!

1. Qi Wireless Charger

One of the nice new features of the Nexus 7 (2013) is wireless charging. While it’s not essential to use it, it’s just nice to be able to place your tablet on a stand or on a charging plate and not have to worry about attaching that fiddly micro USB connector. I’d probably pick up the official Nexus 4 charging orb which also works with the new Nexus 7. A cheaper alternative is this generic Qi wireless charging orb, which also comes in a bunch of different colours.

2. Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter

Another great feature of the new Nexus 7 is that it – finally! – supports HDMI output. That was one of the biggest drawbacks on the original Nexus 7, and now it’s been rectified. Using a SlimPort HDMI adapter by Analogix, you can hook up the Nexus 7 to a TV, projector or monitor to watch streamed or downloaded videos on a bigger screen. You can also play games, basically turning your Nexus 7 into an Android games console if you’ve got a supported controller.

3. Stand and Type Case

The top of the list for pretty much any device is a good case. For a tablet, I like to find one that includes protection – from drops and scratches – as well as a built-in stand. The Stand and Type series is a good shout here, particularly because it’s available in so many colours. I’d pick it up in blue to match the charging orb above, but you can also get it in black, green, red, purple, orange and pink. The case includes a plastic case around the rear and sides, with a flip-forward case that folds into a triangular prism for use as a kickstand. It’s a bit flimsier than more expensive Nexus 7 2 cases, but it still works well enough.

4. Kit: High Power 10400 mAh Dual USB Charger

So one thing I really hate is running out of power. In order to stave it off, I like to pack an emergency charger that’ll allow a recharge anywhere in the world. This Kit High Power is particularly capacious, at 10,400 mAh. That’s enough to charge a Galaxy S4 four times over, or the Nexus 7 (2013) twice – essentially tripling its battery life. That’s super helpful, particularly given the fast 2A charging speed which ensures you won’t need to spend too long recharging.

5. PadPivot Portable Tablet Stand

Now this is a bit of a cheat because I already own this, but it’s definitely an accessory that I’d want to have if I didn’t already. The PadPivot is a universal tablet stand which folds up for portability. It’s great for watching movies or playing games, and it’s much more sturdy than the case we chose above.

Conclusion

So there we have it – a wireless charger, HDMI out, a clever case, an emergency charger and a portable stand. With that, you should be sorted out no matter where you are – at home or at work you can use nearby monitors or TVs, you can use the stand or charger anywhere, and you can keep a wireless charger at your desk to keep that charge up. The case will keep your Nexus 7 (2013) in good condition and serve as a temporary stand.

All in all, that should be about it – five essential Nexus 7 (2013) accessories. I hope you found the selections useful, and I’d welcome any questions in the comments below! Thanks for reading the article and have a good one.

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Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7 Qi Wireless Charging Orb finally available

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!

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Official screen protector unveiled for Nexus 7 2

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Earlier today we took a look at the Travel Cover for the new Nexus 7, and now it’s time to look at our second official accessory. It’s the Asus Screen Protector for Nexus 7 2, and it’s quite something.

This Nexus 7 2 screen protector is different than most others on the market, by virtue of its five layer construction. This provides increased protection against damage from sand, dirt, keys, coins and other typical hard objects that might rub against your Nexus 7. It also provides a number of other advantages – namely, preventing fingerprints from building up, ensuring bubbles don’t form, and even protecting against UV damage.

This screen protector pack includes two screen protectors – one clear, one anti-glare. The clear version provides protection without impacting the brightness of the screen, while the anti-glare version makes the screen easier to read in direct sunlight at the small cost of screen brightness.

Thanks to the high quality of this screen protector, you’ll notice no difference in the quality of the visuals provided by the new Nexus 7′s beautifully sharp 1920 x 1200 display. Whether you’re using the clear or anti-glare version, text remains sharp, game graphics vivid and even high definition movies remain top-notch.

One constant bugbear for screen protectors are bubbles. Despite your best efforts, sometimes a few bubbles just seem to squeeze in. This screen protector pack comes with a “Bubble free” tool, which will easily eliminate any bubbles that appear during the application process, leaving a perfect application every time.

So if you’re looking for some screen protection for the 2013 model Nexus 7, be sure to have a look at our Asus Screen Protector. For more information, including the latest pricing and availability information, check out the link below.

Thanks for reading the article! Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.