The wireless charging functionality is a great addition to the Nexus 4. No doubt this will soon be a standard feature and I you’ll be wanting to get your hand on one of these chargers.
Whilst Android’s main rival continues to constrain it’s users with a proprietary connector, the rest of the industry is heading wireless.
On this page we look at the Nexus 4 wireless chargers available in the UK.
What Wireless Charging Standard does the Nexus 4 use?
The Nexus 4 embraces the Qi wireless charging standard. This is good news for those that don’t like being tied to one manufacturer as this should be well supported in the future.
Qi is administered by the Wireless Power Consortium who have the noble goal of ensuring the uptake of a global wireless standard across all manufacturers (‘cept Apple who will prob continue to alienate users by doing their own thing!).
Official Nexus 4 Charging Orb
The official wireless charger is an orb shaped device, a bit like a sphere sliced side ways. Either way it is an attractive looking charger and won’t look out of place on your desk or sideboard.
When will the official Nexus 4 Charging Orb be released in the UK? No word on release date yet. Given that the phone itself has been so quick to sell out it is amazing that these accessories aren’t available, what a missed opportunity.
How much will it cost? No word on cost yet, but my guess would be circa £30-40. I’m not sure I’d be prepared much more than that.
Where can I buy the official Nexus 4 charging orb in the UK? It’s not currently available to buy, but I’m keen to get one myself and will be keeping my eyes peeled for availability. Keep an eye on this page and follow me on twitter to get notification. And if you have seen it available… please tell me!
Alternative Wireless Chargers for the Nexus 4
As the Nexus 4 uses the Qi wireless standard you aren’t limited to the official charger. This is great for providing a bit of competition to the market and also gives you some other options if you aren’t a fan of the official design. For example you might prefer a flat charging surface that you can just place your phone down on.
Maxell Air Voltage
Confirmed Nexus 4 compatible and in stock in Amazon UK.
Fatboy Charging Pillow
The fatboy is probably the best known wireless charging brand and has been around for a while. Not cheap, but a great device.
The LG made charger seems to work although I couldn’t find it in stock in the UK at the time of writing. Please let us know if you’ve seen it, or tried it.
The Energiser pad is able to charge two devices simultaneously, but isn’t the cheapest option on the block.
Nokia Charge Pad
The Nokia chargers adhere to the Qi standard so they should be compatible, however I have seen some forum threads reporting problems with the current range. Although some users seem to get their Nexus 4 phone charging, it sounds like you have to jump through a few hoops to get it positioned right.
Please let us know in the forum if you have been successfully using a Nokia wireless charger.