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Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by TechCapon(m): 4:41am On Apr 20, 2019
TechCapon



EVERYTHING WRONG WITH WIRELESS CHARGERS AND WHY THE TECHNOLOGY HAS FAILED TO IMPRESS USERS.

The idea of wireless chargers sound great right? The idea of charging smartphones wirelessly without having to carry wires around. Actually there are smartphones with these capabilities, in fact, there’s hardly any new high-end smartphone that doesn’t come with this functionality. The problem is, no one seems to be using it. So the big question is, why hasn’t it taken off?



Wireless charging is not exactly a new concept and has been around for many years now but while smartphones are evolving and becoming better every year, the wireless chargers have failed woefully to enjoy the same attention both from the phone makers and the users.



Recently Smartphone giant Apple admitted defeat when it cancelled a product they’ve been working on since 2017. The product is called “Air Power” and what it does is simple, just a wireless charging pad that is very flat and can charge all Apple devices wirelessly at the same time. That is, if the product had succeeded, Apple users would have been able to use it to charge their iPhone, Air Pods and Apple Watch all at the same time. Rather, the project failed and was cancelled completely because Apple engineers just couldn’t get it right!

We’ve seen a lot of folks who use expensive smartphones with wireless charging capabilities but rather prefer to use the good old plug-in chargers. In this post, TechCapon will take out time to explain why this product is such a big failure and why it is not impressing anyone even though the concept is great.



NUMBER ONE: YOU NEED A SMARTPHONE CASE THAT IS CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING WIRELESS CHARGING.


One of the ways to charge your phone wirelessly is by using a smartphone case charger and only a few people actually have it. Apple released its own wireless charging case late last year and users complained it doesn’t charge their batteries full before running out. Also, not every smartphone maker has such a product. I haven’t heard of Sony, LG and other high-end companies producing such for their buyers. So it’s not only expensive, but it’s also difficult to find in the market.

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by TechCapon(m): 4:42am On Apr 20, 2019
TechCapon



NUMBER TWO: WIRELESS CHARGERS ARE SLOWER THAN WIRED CHARGERS.

The weird thing about charging is that it uses something called electromagnetic induction. What that means is to transfer energy from one place (e.g wireless charge) to another (e.g smartphone). This concept uses two physical coils, the induction coil in the charger and the receiver coil in the phone. If the phone is placed on the charger but the two coils are not well aligned with each other the phone will not charge correctly.



This method of charging is much slower than plugging your phone using a wired charger which lets the power flow directly from the socket, through the wire and into the phone. Most wired chargers have a rating of 12W while most wireless chargers have a rating of between 7.5W to 10W. If you use a case or smartphone cover, the wireless charger may not even work at all until you remove the cover.



Some of may be wondering, what about wireless chargers with fast charge capabilities. Yeah, there are such wireless chargers no doubt but the thing is it only works with a phone from the same manufacturer. That means a Samsung wireless charger with fast charge will not work well with LG smartphone and vice versa. So if you don’t need a fast charger or you’re only charging your phone at night while you sleep, then a wireless charge might be okay for you.



NUMBER 3: YOU CAN’T USE YOUR PHONE CONVENIENTLY WHILE YOU’RE CHARGING IT WITH WIRELESS CHARGERS


Since a wireless charger requires you to place your phone on it for it to work, how are you going to use it while charging? The only way to use it is to remove it from the charger but it’s not that way with a wired charger. With a normal charger, you can answer a phone call, play games, use Instagram and so on while the phone is charging.



NUMBER 4: WIRELESS CHARGERS ARE NOT WIRELESS grin


wireless charging ?

Yeah, it sounds funny but it’s true. Wireless chargers are not wireless because the also have wires of their own which you still have to plug into the sockets for them to work. The only thing wireless about it is eliminating the wire between your phone and the charger. So if you still need to plug it in every time you use it, why call it a wireless charger?



NUMBER 5: WIRELESS CHARGERS ARE SO EXPENSIVE


wireless charging


Despite the fact that these wireless chargers are not as effective as the normal chargers, they’re still very expensive. The low budget ones cost between $15 to $30 while the fancy ones cost between $60 to $100



Notwithstanding, despite all these disadvantages, that doesn’t stop the smartphone companies from producing smartphones with wireless charging capabilities. If wireless chargers are to impress users, the companies will have to figure out a way to make these chargers work wireless just like Wi-Fi. Yes, so that if the charger is plugged in, the smartphone can be anywhere in the room and still receive charging signals from it. A few companies like OSSIO are already working on a true wireless charging product.

They claim that their products can charge devices within a short range, just like how WIFI works. This sounds cool but none of these companies has released such charger yet. Its just talk and no action but we hope technology advance fast enough so we can get it.

So that’s it until the technology can improve to the extent where wireless chargers can work wirelessly like WIFI and charge smartphones from a safe distance, it remains a USELESS FEATURE IN ANY SMARTPHONE.

SOURCE:https://techcapon.com/wireless-charging-a-useless-feature-in-the-smartphone-industry/

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by rottable(m): 5:02am On Apr 20, 2019
Hopefully it will be possible in the future
My God!! First to comment

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by TechCapon(m): 5:28am On Apr 20, 2019
rottable:
Hopefully it will be possible in the future
I hope so too

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Nobody: 5:30am On Apr 20, 2019
I just realized by the year 2050 I will be a grand father. cry


And I’m not happy about it. I want to go back. Back to running around naqed

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by PhenomenalMorgan(m): 5:47am On Apr 20, 2019
Someone said that while the likes the of Samsung and Huawei is being innovative with Triple cameras with 50× zoom, indisplay ultrasonic fingerprint scanners, reverse wireless charging and the likes...
Apple is still struggling to make a wireless charger gringringringrin....
But TechCapon you should know that slow wireless chargers are gradually being phased out...
Xiaomi has released a 27 watt wireless charger... That's faster than many normal chargers...

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Redoil: 6:32am On Apr 20, 2019
Your headache We the money bag will buy anything thrown at us

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Panther7(m): 8:00am On Apr 20, 2019
What of the magnetic chargers??
Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Just2endowed2(m): 8:23am On Apr 20, 2019
My Romoss Sense 8+30,000mah with QC 3.0 fast charging does it for me here. Hehehehe

Check my signature if you need

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by dreamwords: 8:35am On Apr 20, 2019
PhenomenalMorgan:
Someone said that while the likes the of Samsung and Huawei is being innovative with Triple cameras with 50× zoom, indisply fingerprint scanners and the likes...
Apple is still struggling to make a wireless charger gringringringrin....
But TechCapon you should know that slow wireless chargers are gradually being phased out...
Xiaomi has released a 27 watt wireless charger... That's faster than may normal chargers...
All these xiomi boys ,

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Kingmathers(m): 8:45am On Apr 20, 2019
For me, using any kinda casing on a phone is a no no... Just makes the phone more bulky and less fun to use

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by TechCapon(m): 8:46am On Apr 20, 2019
PhenomenalMorgan:
Someone said that while the likes the of Samsung and Huawei is being innovative with Triple cameras with 50× zoom, indisply fingerprint scanners and the likes...
Apple is still struggling to make a wireless charger gringringringrin....
But TechCapon you should know that slow wireless chargers are gradually being phased out...
Xiaomi has released a 27 watt wireless charger... That's faster than may normal chargers...
lol. It will work for only Xiaomi phones and who says it's faster than wired charger?

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by calddon(m): 9:01am On Apr 20, 2019
It is not entirely useless. I see wireless charging as a preventive and emergency measure. I.e;
When you have a bad charging port or cable
To avoid wear n tear of charging port

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by jom28gy(m): 9:05am On Apr 20, 2019
Kingmathers:
For me, using any kinda casing on a phone is a no no... Just makes the phone more bulky and less fun to use
your in my shoe,besides, it make phones looks bad,you wouldn't see the beauty of the phone

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Nobody: 9:26am On Apr 20, 2019
PhenomenalMorgan:
Someone said that while the likes the of Samsung and Huawei is being innovative with Triple cameras with 50× zoom, indisply fingerprint scanners and the likes...
Apple is still struggling to make a wireless charger gringringringrin....
But TechCapon you should know that slow wireless chargers are gradually being phased out...
Xiaomi has released a 27 watt wireless charger... That's faster than may normal chargers...
what are you zooming with 50x camera lens? You want to zoom in your future ni? All these innovations to me are bullshits. Left to me, 2018 phones can serve well till 2020 - 2025. I don’t see the needs introducing new phones with unneeded hardware.

By the way, if you have used iPhones Face ID, believe me, you will not bother use fingerprint scanner again, be it indisplay or whatever

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Uyi168: 9:55am On Apr 20, 2019
stupidity:
I just realized by the year 2050 I will be a grand father. cry


And I’m not happy about it. I want to restart
..
That's if u are still alive.. lipsrsealed
embarassed
Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Nobody: 10:13am On Apr 20, 2019
Uyi168:
..
That's if u are still alive.. lipsrsealed
embarassed
actor nor Dey die Na

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by MobileChic: 10:17am On Apr 20, 2019
but why make it sound so useless... undecided
Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Uyi168: 10:26am On Apr 20, 2019
stupidity:
actor nor Dey die Na
..
Actor nor de die for film.

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by emae009(m): 10:57am On Apr 20, 2019
I don't think the concept of a wireless charger that works like WiFi is possible because it'll have to create an electromagnetic field which can transmit electric current to any good conductor within its range

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by MeshachMARTINS(m): 11:00am On Apr 20, 2019
.

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by OboOlora(f): 11:06am On Apr 20, 2019
Good points!
Same argument I was having recently with my friend at Acer. Except it’s a wireless charging that I can synchronize the phone with the charger maybe thru Bluetooth or so then be using the phone, it doesn’t make any sense!

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by abumeinben(m): 11:42am On Apr 20, 2019
I see.

Dear TechCapon,

You missed it this time. Just because there is no Instagram ruse or tecno and infinix aren't crazy about it in Nigeria doesn't make it any failure. Techs got phases. They haven't given it the required push, most probably. Imagine rolling out 5G smart phones to Africa, would you call it a failure?

Remember the era when USB cable was solely for data transfer? Now it does a 2-in-1 function.


Your point no 4 is completely ridiculous.
NUMBER 4: WIRELESS CHARGERS ARE NOT WIRELESS

I think say you be tech guru. By your argument, there are no wireless microphone, even telecoms base stations aren't wireless. angry

Mark my words, when they're ready, the same WiFi that you use for data communication would serve double purpose, just like the USB. Just calm down.

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by TechCapon(m): 11:48am On Apr 20, 2019
OboOlora:
Good points!
Same argument I was having recently with my friend at Acer. Except it’s a wireless charging that I can synchronize the phone with the charger maybe thru Bluetooth or so then be using the phone, it doesn’t make any sense!
absolutely. Makes no sense at all

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Nobody: 11:52am On Apr 20, 2019
abumeinben:
I see.

Dear TechCapon,

You missed it this time. Just because there is no Instagram ruse or tecno and infinix aren't crazy about it in Nigeria doesn't make it any failure. Techs got phases. They haven't given it the required push, most probably. Imagine rolling out 5G smart phones to Africa, would you call it a failure?

Remember the era when USB cable was solely for data transfer? Now it does a 2-in-1 function.

Mark my words, when they're ready, the same WiFi that you use for data communication would serve double purpose, just like the USB. Just calm down.
agreed 100% without any iota of reservation

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Nobody: 11:52am On Apr 20, 2019
Exactly, just like those folding phones too angry


Those folding phones are just useless craps angry

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by TechCapon(m): 12:03pm On Apr 20, 2019
abumeinben:
I see.

Dear TechCapon,

You missed it this time. Just because there is no Instagram ruse or tecno and infinix aren't crazy about it in Nigeria doesn't make it any failure. Techs got phases. They haven't given it the required push, most probably. Imagine rolling out 5G smart phones to Africa, would you call it a failure?

Remember the era when USB cable was solely for data transfer? Now it does a 2-in-1 function.


Your point no 4 is completely ridiculous.


I think say you be tech guru. By your argument, there are no wireless microphone, even telecoms base stations aren't wireless. angry

Mark my words, when they're ready, the same WiFi that you use for data communication would serve double purpose, just like the USB. Just calm down.
it will get better no doubt but it's not a new technology, it's an old technology and has failed to improve over the past few years

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by abumeinben(m): 12:12pm On Apr 20, 2019
TechCapon:
it will get better no doubt but it's not a new technology, it's an old technology and has failed to improve over the past few years

Nothing is wrong with wireless charging.. For example, I choose not to use Bluetooth earpiece just because it makes me look childish, and when dem move your phone, the earpiece go still dey play songs dey go, until the thief is out of sight. grin

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by pansophist(m): 1:58pm On Apr 20, 2019
The fierce competition between technological companies are making them chun out unripe products, in a bid to be the first and monopolize the industry.

The number one thing wireless charging got wrong is not understanding what the customer want. Just like apple wireless earphones, wireless charger must be exactly that, only then it can be a hit. With traditional chargers, one can use the phone while charging, a convenience that is eliminated with wireless charging. If I cant be able to use my phone while charging, wireless or not, it serve no use and eliminate nothing. Not surprised the market ain't impressed.

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Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by dingbang(m): 2:05pm On Apr 20, 2019
It can only get better with time
Re: Wireless Charging: A Useless Feature In The Smartphone Industry by Ejebleje: 2:08pm On Apr 20, 2019
Old habits die hard. Only this basic human attribute has made it seem like a failure, but it’s not, it’s far from being a failure. Saying it’s a failure is being far to dismissive.

Smartphone makers like Xiaomi are maki g it become a bit more mainstream by including it in the box, and this would make its adaptation gradually more acceptable.

As users begin to notice that the use of the pads sustain ports much longer , they’ll adopt it.

This article is very harsh and far from objective.

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