December 05, 2013
My phone is an HTC Android "DNA" (AKA "Butterfly") from Verizon. It's a very nice phone which was absolutely the latest thing when I got it a year ago, and now Verizon doesn't sell it any more. I guess "new" gets old pretty quickly in this market. (Worse than when I was a phone designer.)
It only has one connector on it, a micro-USB. (The EU issued a regulation requiring all phones and similar devices to use that from now on. I generally am no fan of EU "design from the top by bureaucrats" regulations but this one made sense, with the idea being that it was stupid for every device to have to have its own charger, with a different unique connecter. So the charger that came with my first Kindle Fire works to charge the second one, and also works to charge my phone.
Part of why I bought a second Fire was that the connector on the first one broke, and it won't charge any more. And since I have had to plug my phone in twice a week, I've been afraid of the same thing happening to it.
A few days ago I heard someone referring to "wireless recharging" and it occurred to me that although such a thing is pretty new, maybe my phone is new enough to do it.
Well, it turns out it can. The keyword turned out to be "Qi" and it's a standard for wireless chargers. I just put in an order for one from NewEgg and it should arrive sometime next week. Once I have it, I should be able to charge my phone just by leaving it sitting on the charger pad.
One thing I'll be curious about: when I plug the phone in, there's an LED that turns amber while it charges, and turns green when it's finished. Will the same thing happen with a wireless charge? My guess is "yes".
Anyway, I can get data on and off the thing via USB, WiFi, mobile network or Bluetooth, and if any one of those components fails, it would be a nuisance rather than a disaster. But if the USB charging fails... Actually, it turns out that it's Qi-compatible too. I might have to pick up one of those chargers.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 06, 2013 12:10 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Mauser at December 06, 2013 02:38 AM (TJ7ih)
(My concerns about opening the backplate are due to plastic clips along the sides. I just can't seem to work something in there gently enough to click them open, and I don't want to break them.)
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at December 06, 2013 06:59 AM (76G0j)
By the way, for a small bit of irony, the USB Consorcium is mulling the so-called "C" connector: the ultimate USB connector that will replace the old "A" and "B" (and mini-B and micro-B). It is going to be orientation-independent, so you can plug it in any side up. It supports USB 3.0 gigabit speeds and potentially faster clocks. All around superior connector.... But the Europe has already ordered micro-B as the standard. Oops.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 06, 2013 07:04 AM (RqRa5)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 06, 2013 07:41 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: RickC at December 06, 2013 08:09 AM (A9FNw)
Posted by: Boviate at December 06, 2013 08:42 PM (CeQ+R)
I can't charge my phone at night because it has to sit on the bed next to my pillow, just in case I have another stroke while asleep. (Which is how it happened last time.) If I wake up and have a hard time moving, I'm going to need it and it won't do me any good if it's across the room sitting on a charger.
So I charge it during the day while I'm using my computer, and that will continue to be the case.
My phone is always within reach, no matter where I am or what I'm doing. Fortunately, I haven't needed it. But when that time comes (I hope never) I'll need it badly to call 911.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 06, 2013 09:04 PM (+rSRq)
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