Monday, October 13, 2014

These Android phones can handle wireless charging

Pretty chargers for picky devices.

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn't become as widely-adopted as we'd like. Our microUSB ports start to loosen and bend over time and being able to limit that wear and tear by using wireless charging would be a godsend, but due to the fight over wireless charging standards, most phones simply go without it. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.
However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that's something you're looking for in your next phone, here's a list of those lucky devices.
Now, many of the phones on this list need special backplates in order to get wireless charging, including every Samsung on this list, but these are the phones that officially have wireless charging supported, as opposed to phones that can only achieve wireless charging through bulky cases that replace the battery or plug into the micro-USB port. Also, certain variants of these phones may use Powermat rather than Qi, such as the AT&T variant of the LG G3, but it does still support wireless charging.
  • HTC Droid DNA
  • HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Rezound
  • LG G3
  • LG G3 Prime
  • LG G3 Cat 6
  • LG Optimus G Pro 2
  • LG Optimus G Pro
  • LG Spectrum
  • LG Optimus
  • LG Lucid 2
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Motorola Droid Maxx 2
  • Motorola Ultra M
  • Motorola Droid Bionic
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Sony Z3v
There is also one tablet that supports wireless charging, the Nexus 7 (2013). We wish that number - and the list above for that matter - were bigger. And we can't forget about the Moto 360 and it's Qi-charging goodness. While wireless charging may not be as fast as a traditional plug-up, but being able to plop your phone on a wireless charging block/stand/mat while at your desk, eating dinner, or sleeping can make a world of difference to the phone and its user.
We hope the Blu-Ray vs HDDVD of wireless charging ends soon, but until then, we'll be thankful for the wireless charging that shows up in our devices. We'll update this list periodically with new devices that support this wonderful feature.