Google Nexus Wireless Charger Review

Google releases a refreshed Nexus Wireless Charger, which is about as perfect as it'll get. Let's take a look at it now.

Manufacturer: Google
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The Review

I've had my Nexus 5 for a few weeks now, with my review coming out shortly after you read this review. A little after I secured my Nexus 5, I pulled the trigger on a Nexus Wireless Charger. This is Google's second Nexus Wireless Charger, the first coming out with the Nexus 4 smartphone.

The new Nexus Wireless Charger is great-looking, magnetic-connecting wireless charger, with a very, very small footprint. Let's take a look around the box.

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The box that it comes in is the same styled box, and color choice, that Google opted for its Nexus 5 smartphone, and Nexus 7 (2013) tablet.

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There's not much going on when we flip the device on its back.

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Out of the box, we have a Nexus Wireless Charger booklet, power connectivity, USB cable, and the Nexus Wireless Charger itself to the far right.

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Up close, it has a gorgeous mirror finish - but right out of the box I found a tiny hairline scratch on mine, which was really disappointing.

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On the back of the charger, we have a sticky pad - something that is really unique. I never pulled the plastic off of it, as I didn't feel like having my $400 smartphone charging wirelessly, hanging vertically. But, for those that want to do this - it's a great option with the new Nexus Wireless Charger.

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A closer look at what powers the Nexus Wireless Charger.

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This is the Nexus Wireless Charger magnetically connected to the rear of my Nexus 5. It connects very tightly, and even takes a bit of muscle to pull it off.

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Next, we have two shots of the Nexus Wireless Charger attached to the Nexus 5 again, to give you a sense of just how thin this wireless charger is.

As for the actual use of the Nexus Wireless Charger, the first thing I have to say is: if you own a Nexus smartphone, especially the Nexus 5, you owe it to yourself to grab the Nexus Wireless Charger. Wireless charging is just so useful, and after you've docked your smartphone to your wireless charger a few times, you'll find it so weird plugging a cable in.

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Google concentrated on the design of the Nexus Wireless Charger, everything looks great - from the packaging, to the USB cable included itself. It all looks great, and just works perfectly without any configuration needed apart from plugging the cables in and placing your Nexus smart device onto the charger.

It took around two hours to charge my Nexus 5 smartphone from around 20% charge or so, to 100% charge. I found by placing it next to my desk, I slotted the Nexus 5 smartphone down onto the Nexus Wireless Charger every time I sat at my desk.

This gave me a fully-charged smartphone every time I left my desk, and without a USB cable being plugged in every time, the convenience is just perfect. Charging our Nexus 5 smartphone was nearly as fast as having a physical cable plugged in, charging the Nexus 5 from around 20% charge to 100% within a little over two hours. Considering the Nexus Wireless Charger works so easily be placing your Nexus device on top of it, there's no excuse to not have a fully charged smartphone when you're sitting at your desk.

I also took the time to fully charge my Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, which had been sitting with absolutely no charge for around two weeks. From 0% to 100% full charge was a scrape under three hours, which is nothing short of impressive, considering the charge is completely wireless!

I don't think there's anything else I need from a wireless charger, Google seems to have nailed it down. Sure, it could feature an adjustable height or angle - like the Tylt Vu Wireless Charger, but that's just clutching at straws for something to complain about.

Google pricing it at $50 might seem like a bit of a stretch, but considering its top-of-the-line smartphone costs just $400, for $450 you can get a Nexus 5 and Nexus Wireless Charging package, and still save hundreds of dollars from buying something similar from Samsung or Apple.

If you were looking at getting a Nexus 5, or already have one - you simply need to buy the Nexus Wireless Charger, you will not be disappointed.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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