The Nexus 4 wireless charger is a $60 Nexus 4 accessory that allows users to charge the Nexus 4 by placing it on a small orb, without attaching any wires to the Nexus 4.
The Nexus 4 supports Qi wireless charging, but as we found the Nexus 4 doesn’t work with every Qi charger, so we jumped at the chance to try the official Nexus 4 wireless charger when it arrived on the Google Play Store earlier this month.
Google and LG designed a very nice looking wireless charger that fits nicely on the edge of a desk or nightstand. The Nexus 4 wireless charger looks like half of an 8 ball. The rounded part of the orb is made of smooth plastic with a matte finish. The top part of the Nexus 4 wireless charger features two glossy rings which, along with magnets, keep the Nexus 4 in place when it is charging.
Unlike many other wireless chargers, the official Nexus 4 wireless charger keeps the phone at an angle so it is easier to use the phone while it is charging, especially at a desk. The rubber rings and magnets inside the wireless charger keep the Nexus 4 in place even at odd angles. There’s no need to carefully place the Nexus 4 on the charger, simply set it on with the center of the Nexus 4 near the middle of the charger and it will start charging. The slightly sticky rings collected a little dust during our time with the charger.
To stop charging, simply lift the Nexus 4 off the charger and go about your day. The orb has enough weight that it will stay put on a desk when picking up the Nexus 4, but occasionally it will lift slightly off the surface.
During our test, the Nexus 4 wireless charger is capable of charging the Nexus 4 as fast as with a USB cord.
Users can use the Nexus 4 wireless charger with the official Nexus 4 Bumper case, and likely with other similar style cases. The charger even works with slim cases like the Spigen Ultra Slim Air Nexus 4 case,
Google and LG include a Micro USB cable and a wall charger with the Nexus 4 wireless charger so everything you need to start charging is in the box. This is a nice touch, especially considering the Nexus 7 dock skimps in this area.
The Nexus 4 wireless charger is a single function device. There are no headphone jacks, Bluetooth connectivity or video out functions, so keep that in mind before buying.
Overall the Nexus 4 wireless charger is a great Nexus 4 accessory that is well worth the $60 price. The elegant design, easy charging and small size should serve as an example to other manufacturers of what a wireless charger should look like and how it should function.