Google Finally Launches Wireless Charging Orb For Nexus 4 Smartphone

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ZOMG I’ve been waiting for this accessory to launch for a while now, and it’s here, it’s really, really here. If I needed a reason to buy a Nexus 4, it actually might just be to relive the days of Palm’s Touchstone glory and grab the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb now on sale through Google’s Play Store for $59.99. Shipping times are quoted as around one week, which is probably less time than you waited to receive the phone itself. It’s awesome, it’s beautiful, it’s an orb. Buy it and show it off your iPhone loving friends.

Charge your Nexus 4 wirelessly with this Qi inductive charger. Its angled surface provides easy visibility of your phone while charging. This elegant device was designed specifically for your Nexus 4 — no clunky add-ons or accessories needed.

No word on when or if T-Mobile will carrying the charging orb in stores.

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  • thinmanXXS

    Buying mine today! I’ve been waiting for this since I got my nexus 4. Very excited indeed :)

  • Dan

    i want it!!

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    I want it, but I can’t justify $60 for a charger.

    • Agreed, I can’t either. But I’m still gonna order one, lol.

      • trife

        Yup! LOL. I’m gonna hold off to see how nice it plays with phones w/ cases. But as soon as I find out it works, I’ll order one.

        I paid about $55 shipped from Japan for my current charging pad (Panasonic TM-101), so I figure I can throw that up on eBay to recoup some of my costs.

  • vicryixiv

    Looks rad. Is it magnetic or just perfectly at the right angle to not slide off? I’d be worried about it falling off the charger.

    • gmo

      its magnetic…it sticks on very nicely from the old verge video that showed it.

  • ankush gupta

    i hv a bluetooth charger .

    • Antdog

      My charger’s blue

  • Chris

    That is super expensive. I wish Samsung would release wireless charging accessories for the Note 2 already…

  • AndroidProfit

    After buying a cheap cradle for my Note 2 I can see why $59.99 may not be such a bad deal. As long as the N4 DOESN’T move around or fall off easily while touched this should be very nice to use on the desk!

  • seba

    With shipping and tax it goes to $71.84 for me. I’m in Chicago. I’d rather get Energizer and can charge two phones at once for less.

    • atari37

      The price seems rather high for me too but don’t waste your time and money on the Energizer charger. I bought one and returned it after 15 minutes of playing with it. It was difficult to find the sweet spot on the pad and even then it will stay charging for a few seconds and stop charging.

      • seba

        Thanks for input! Anyway I am going to give it a try thanks to generous Amazon’s return policy :)

    • Dakota

      Well as everything, the price will probably go down at some point. Its not a necessity as much as a desire – I know it would make my life easier by not having to worry about cables

      • Derrick

        how? the wireless charger still has to be plugged in. why spend $60 to have a middleman (wireless charger) charge your phone? I mean its a cool tech in theory, but, I don’t see the usefulness of it yet. just my opinion.

    • YourDistantCousin

      Not typically one to quickly go out and have to purchase the next latest toy. That said, I did order this. It is pricy, but it looks quality and I don’t think I’ll regret it. Had been waiting for this to be released. It will work nicely at the office.
      I’m in Chicago too, and my total actually came out to $72.25 (59.99 + 5.99 shipping + 6.27 tax). Really hate that Google has an office here in Chicago and residents here have to pay tax as a result.

      • I hate this city’s high taxes

        • seba

          And traffic cameras

      • seba

        I might pull the trigger as well…

    • minioninnc

      Purchased the 2 sided Energizer Qi charger, half the price of this if you look hard enough.

    • seba

      Thank you guys for all the information. Google provided us ultra cheap phone and expensive accessories. However, they are perfect :)

  • I had one of these on my Palm Pre when I worked at HP. If it is similar to the Palm cradle it sits pretty snug using magnets… however those effing work.

    • icp

      I lol’ed. F’n magnets….how do they work?!

  • Dakota

    I think the bigger question is if this was such a major, distinguishing feature of the Nexus 4 ,then why did it not get introduced at the SAME time as phone itself? I have the Galaxy Nexus and the USB cable chargers that came with the phone keep malfunctioning. I dont know why because I try different outlets, and Ive tried different micro USB chargers and only the Nexus cables keep failing. Ive already sent 3 pairs for replacement. Tmobile is also offering a WEBONLY promo of the Nexus4 for $50 – I dont know if its only for new customers or also for upgrades. They make a mistake by not enabling current customers to buy devices at the same price as new customers. Reduce churn so dont charge your loyal users more. Makes no sense.

    • DUDE

      i understand the view for the customers who complain when a promo does not include current customers who are eligible for upgrades but why should t-mobile have to allow current customers, who are in the middle of the contracts, to buy their phones for the discounted price they are giving to those who are new and/or renewing their contracts

      • Simplexityy

        The point ST7 was making is that most of the time, the deals new customers get are not the same as deals for customers who actually are eligible to upgrade. Meaning their contract is up and the same device costs more for them.

  • thepanttherlady

    I’ve never used wireless charging. This looks pretty cool. From previous posts, seems like this is an eagerly anticipated accessory.

  • NYCTheBronx

    Hooray for the wireless charging orb. Going to buy one when I have money lol. I got my LG Google Nexus 4 in the mail today! One day early and now a charging orb selling on the Play Store. What a terrific day lol. :)

  • tonkotsu

    1amp? man.. it’d rather get a 2amp charger and just plug it in. it’ll take about 1/2 the time and save myself $50

  • ant

    this may sound stupid but can u use this and your phone at the same time like in the mall your phone dying can u just put it on the back of your phone or do it have to be sitting still

    • thepanttherlady

      I’ve never used something like this but I think the wireless part is from the phone to the charger. The charger itself still needs to be plugged in.

      • Garrett

        Yep, you got it.

        The orb functions just like a regular charger. The only difference is that instead of plugging the USB cord in to your phone, you place your phone on the orb.

      • ant

        O that’s a waste because I have a case for my Sensation That I plug up n it act like a charger they should’ve made that Instead of this

  • tomnewtn

    ordered. thankyouverymuch

  • tomnewtn

    I have an HP touchpad with Android ICS on it. It charges via the nice induction charging easel HP made for it. Charges even through the snap on folio I use. Very impressive technology.

  • jtothas

    can some one tell me why would someone want this? yea it seem cool but how much more practical is it than a regular charger?

    • trife

      1. No wear and tear on your phone’s micro-USB. I’ve had them wear out before and it really is a PITA.

      2. No fumbling around for your charger cord at night. If you’re like me, you mess with your phone while laying in bed. I hate having to fool around with plugging my phone in the right way when I’m on the verge of sleep. Wireless charging fixes that–just set it and forget it. Wake up in the AM and you’re good to go.

      3. Technology! Who doesn’t want to utilize the newest/latest tech?!?!?!

      4. It just looks cool and is totally geek-tastic.

      • tomnewtn

        Yes, same here. All my points and thunder stolen right here.

  • BlackJu

    Does this have an nfc tag like the Nokia charging stand?

  • steveb944

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to hold off on this because it looks so freaking cool!

    Must wait to see if T-Mobile carries it

    Also I wonder if it’ll work through our cases? I don’t have one of those bumpers but instead a full case. That would be a deal breaker

    • 21stNow

      I have a TPU case and it works through that.

  • Nick

    wireless charging……except for that one wire

  • The only accessory T-Mobile is carrying as of right now is a screen protector. I think just a front piece double pack. Which is a shame. No cases. No bumpers. No nexus chargers (not that I’m in need but still). Anyone shocked that the phone didn’t come with some form of hands free communication? Not asking for a Bluetooth here but an ear bud headphone set of the cheap side would have been a nice gesture. As for the wireless charger… I think I’m not going to get the nexus branded charger, for the money you’ll spend you can get some really great ones from other companies.

    • Dude, the phone is dirt cheap when compared to other flagship phones. By yourself some earbuds and a Ballistic Shell Gel case and stop whining.

      • My point wasn’t clear. Dirt cheap it may be in comparison but it’s a failure of marginal sales. For the company and retailer to not have any in stock accessories they missed out on a lot of extra cash… That’s my point which when you consider the phone was so cheap it’s kind of like a corporate smack in the head. For the record, those cheap ear buds cost pennies to make, they could have thrown it in no problem

        • I misunderstood you then. I agree that more accessories should’ve been available at launch rather than finally coming out the months later.

    • Simplexityy

      Just an FYI…. I bought a case for my Nexus 4, that covers the entire back of the phone from a corporate t-mobile store on Wednesday. They had just gotten them in. It’s by Body Glove. I love it. It just doesn’t show off the beauty of the phone itself, but the case is pretty fashionable and just rugged enough. I got a mostly white case w/a little pink, but there were other options. I did check the body glove website this morning, and it wasn’t listed yet.

      • Oh wow, I didn’t see anything on long island nor San Francisco. I can image though that everything in store is rolling out just about now. Which is annoying but oh well. Thanks for the update!

  • Josue

    looks nice but it prob takes forever to charge

  • Would it work on the Galaxy S3?

  • Just received mine yesterday. Works like a champ. Charges with a Ballistic Shell Gel case on.