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Samsung Galaxy S IV rumored to support wireless charging, dock to be sold separately

0. phoneArena 17 Jan 2013, 08:21 posted on

The Samsung Galaxy S IV will supposedly offer support for the Qi standard for wireless charging, or at least that is what Korean media is claiming. The dock and back plate that a user would need for that, however, won't be included in the box...

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posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:41 1

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I respect your opinion, but could you explain me from your own position, what is so great in wireless charging?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:20 1

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"No need to fumble around with a cord to find a little hole when I'm dozing off."

I agree with that 100%, it is convenient that you don't have to fumble with cord, but in my opinion it is the only one advantage of wireless charging and everything else is just disadvantages.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:06

17. VLaRueC (Posts: 181; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Convenience is my most obvious. In my experience, Palm had it right with their version due to the way it adhered the phone to the charger (touchstone). The Lumia 920 I have doesn't have the magnets but it stays put just fine. When I get in bed, the phone gets placed down and behind charging. No need to fumble around with a cord to find a little hole when I'm dozing off. Now if the phone is dying, and you want to plug it in and continue playing with it, that's a legit excuse to have a wired charger. Then again, the Lumia it's going to die anyway if it's critically low.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:35 4

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


1. Wireless charging is slower than usual.
2. Using wireless charging you are just wasting some % of energy.
3. Wireless charging is not good for your health.

And if you want charge and use your phone at the same time, chargint through cord is the only one solution to do that since wireless charging range is only few millimeters.
And if you want convenience and don't want to fumble with cord, you can use usual charging dock, I think is much better solution than wireless charging.

Anyway, it is just mine opinion. :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:49

29. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4185; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


For now, maybe, it has many disadvantages. But it won't have as much soon enough...like how Samsung had thought of using a more advanced wireless charging technology, like charging the phone even meters away, it won't be bad as it is now.
And about the health issues, i'm sure there'll be safety measures taken for it if it runs major.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:08

30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


We all free to use microwave ovens even if we still know about the harm to our health.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:43

15. specialedition99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


What are you going to do with speed or screen seize or wireless charging. No one points out the issues with these phones. The memos cannot sync and u need to to make a backup overtime , when your scrolling through pages , u need to double tap or scroll up all the way. Memos cannot sync via outlook. Either u Ned to download third party app or make a backup overtime. These basic things , get them sorted out. It all pomp no show.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:59

16. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


I had wireless charging in my old HTC Thunderbolt and never really used it, i still got the charging pad but i won't bother getting the back cover for the Galaxy S3

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:15

19. ryq24 (Posts: 757; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


phone makers are running out of ideas!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:24 6

23. RohanM (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


instead of charging innovations they should invent long long lasting batteries.... stupid feature...

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:44

28. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Dirty electricity causes diabetes. So more money for Pharma companies and more health issues for users of this 2 m charging concept :(

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:55 3

33. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Taco, you back?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:17

32. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Oh, dear! First they copied Apple, now Nokia. Samsung - you can only sue them. :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:02 1

34. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Powermat launched first wireless charging device in 2009. They also copied Nokia? Just asking .... :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:10 1

35. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Wireless charging for smartphones is nothing new, people was making own wireless charging systems even before they were announced by samrtphone manufacturers.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:02 2

40. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


xperia z all the way for sure

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 19:09 1

53. pyradark (Posts: 878; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


AGREE!!! Speed & Power VS. Beauty & Edurance

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 13:40

44. VLaRueC (Posts: 181; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Palm was the first manufacturer in the US to embed wireless charging onto the back of the phone. Powermat required a special adapter to plug in. In my opinion, there isn't one disadvantage of wireless charging that can't be countered by an advantage. Even a dock argument is week considering most docks require the phone to be without a case to work. Not to mention, the connectors could wear out with all the connecting and disconnecting. I can also lay my phone sideways on my charging pad which gives me a choice. Cradles don't. One last point, Intel once powered a light bulb from 3 feet away from its power source. Think this form of wireless energy is a disadvantage?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 14:20

45. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


" In my opinion, there isn't one disadvantage of wireless charging that can't be countered by an advantage."

1. Wireless charging is not good for your health. Is it advantage?

2. Using wireless charging you are just wasting some % of energy. Is it advantage?

3. Wireless charging is slower than usual. Is it advantage?

4. You are unable to properly use and charge your phone at the same time. Is it advantage?

"Even a dock argument is week considering most docks require the phone to be without a case to work."

I agree with that, but case also suppress power transfer's productivity and then you are wasting even more % of power! Also case can be to thick and wireless charging just won't work at all.

"Not to mention, the connectors could wear out with all the connecting and disconnecting."

For example look at Sony Xperia Z, on the side you will see special connection for a charging dock, how in your opinion it can wear out?
Also it is still not a fact because it may wear out but also may not wear out!

"One last point, Intel once powered a light bulb from 3 feet away from its power source."

Tesla also made experiments with wireless power transfer, so what?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 15:56

46. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I can counter every one of your disadvantages...

1. The act of breathing is even hazardous to your health these days.

2-4. You can still charge the phone with a wired connection.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:16

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"1. The act of breathing is even hazardous to your health these days."

Don't need to be off-topic, we were talking about usual charging versus wireless charging! And wireless charging brings more harm to your health than usual charging. Fact!

"2-4. You can still charge the phone with a wired connection."

I don't say that you can't! I say that using wireless charging you are wasting some % of energy and that wireless charging is slower than usual and that you are unable to properly use and charge your phone at the same time. It is also fact!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:44

49. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


My point is, that having wireless charging capability is not a disadvantage...ever. Your point is moot.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:57

50. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"My point is, that having wireless charging capability is not a disadvantage...ever."

Of course it is not disadvantage when you have wireless charging capability along with usual charging capability because it gives you more options.
But my point is that wireless charging by itself has more disadvantages than advantages comparing with usual charging!

"Your point is moot."

For example? :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:39

52. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Just leave it on charge over night, sometimes people tend to forget or become lazy, so this is "COOL"

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 09:18

60. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Your point is moot because wireless charging is not the standard... it is an extra feature. You talk like you assume that the phone can only be charged wirelessly. If you don't like it, you simply don't have to use it. So answer me this: How is it a disadvantage if you are not required to use it?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 20:33

54. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


copycat...

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 23:53 1

55. VLaRueC (Posts: 181; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Just charged my Lumia from critical to full charge on the wireless charger. No signs of sickness yet but it did take an extra five minutes to charge..

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 07:45

59. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I smell sarcasm. ;)

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 04:42

61. jameshoe (unregistered)


I won't be deceived anymore

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