15
Jan
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Sure, the Tylt Vu sort of looks like it was custom-tailored for a Windows Phone 8 device, but it's also officially our favorite Qi charger after seeing it at CES last week. If you've never used a wireless charger, it's probably not immediately apparent why the Vu is particularly want-worthy. But have no doubt - it is.

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The Vu has two distinct advantages over competing chargers. First, it's also a phone stand - you can set your phone on the Vu, and still use it like you would a normal dock, because you can still actually see your phone's screen without having to strain your neck. (I've never understood why single-device charging pads are flat in the first place.) Second, there are multiple inductive charging coils in that sleek frame. That means you can set your Qi-compatible phone on it off-center (to a reasonable degree), in landscape orientation, or even upside-down. We tested all this with a Nexus 4, and it worked like a charm.

The Vu's launch and pricing info are now official: $70, starting April 1st. You can pre-order yours here, if you're already sold on the concept. Just don't be upset if the Nexus 4's wireless charging orb launches in the meantime.

Tylt (pre-order page)

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Wayne Randall

    "Just don't be upset.. "
    What's that supposed to mean? You know something we don't?!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      YOU'LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE.

      But really, it has to be released at some point, and it's popped up on a few European electronics sites as 'coming soon.'

      • Wayne Randall

        Okay, but I'm holding you personally responsible for my poor decision making should I end up with buyer's remorse.

      • Al

        Ah, that's interesting. Price leaked yet?

      • daguy

        Does it? You still have more faith in Google's abilities to produce accessories than I do. Never managed to get an official car dock for my GNex, and the desktop dock for the Nexus 7 is where? If the charging orb does eventually get released, it will be as easy to purchase as the bumpers.

        • moelsen8

          +1000. you're more likely to walk outside and see bigfoot riding a unicorn than nexus accessories in the play store.

    • Al

      Doesn't really matter, I'm not paying $70 for any charger...

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    Anyone know if this supports the wireless charging mods using the palm charger?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Lehman/1321902066 Dustin Lehman

      doubt it, the Palm wireless charging was introduced before Qi standard was even announced. For it to work it would have to use the same tech which I don't think the Touchstone does

      • PacoBell

        Yeah, it's highly unlikely that the Touchstone and Qi chose the exact same resonant frequency.

  • http://twitter.com/mdt358 Miguel

    How about the over heating of the back of the device when charging with this. Is it the same as shown with other qi chargers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Lehman/1321902066 Dustin Lehman

    iBattz and Audiovox had some neat wireless chargers at CES too.

    Any chance on a preview of the iBattz Wireless Charging kit for the Galaxy S3?

  • http://twitter.com/xhaxol Vetal

    hummm for $70 i could just plug it in and use that money to pay the energy company for the next 5 years to actually energize the phone.

    • Fatty Bunter

      more like next 50 years

    • moelsen8

      wireless chargers are really ridiculously priced right now.. but you really can't fathom the convenience without having spent a little time using one. a real first world problem, sure, but it's so nice to just put the phone down to charge.

      • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

        Not to mention having the ability to just pick up or put down your untethered phone in a car charger/dock.

        • http://twitter.com/xhaxol Vetal

          in car wireless charging connivence would be awesome for my N4 but it would need to be $30-$50 at most. If im in bed reading, its the end of the day and my battery is low and needs to be tethered to power to get caught up on blogs and news, the wireless charger wouldnt help me in that situation.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

        Exactly what you said, I've replaced about 4 chargers due to messed up wires or input or shortages and even my current one has to be plugged in just right. A twitch here or there and it won't charge. So I love the idea

      • Devin Cofer

        I want desks that have coils inside them so I can just rest my phone anywhere on my desk.
        Until then, wireless charging is cool but I won't buy into it unless there's some $20 sale on one.

        • PacoBell

          Well, you could always do the DIY thing and route out a hole in your current desk to bolt an off-the-shelf Qi transmitter into it.

    • lancer

      well in my country I paid $10-$20 /month bill to energy company. home bills. :(

  • TynanDeRosa

    So it comes out on April Fool's? this is slightly scary.

  • DesertVelo

    One of the few products that I would actually buy that I saw at CES

  • Michael

    Not sure if I missed this or what, what devices would this work with?

    • http://www.facebook.com/JoelBA Joel Anderson

      Any qi compatible devices (droid DNA, Nexus 4, Lumia 920) and devices with qi cases or inserts (iPhones, Galaxy s3).

  • Elias

    I'd rather have $70 worth of beer and keep using the microusb cable. I won't be buying a $70 charger, especially when there is no clear winner standard - and the Qi delivers so little power I dont believe it will win. That said, I would buy a wireless charger for $20.

    • PacoBell

      There's an IDT chip on the market that supports Qi as well as other proprietary protocols. They claim they can power up to 7.5W (in proprietary mode), which comes out to 1.5A at 5V. That's respectable enough to charge a tablet, let alone a smartphone.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    The way it currently is, I'd call it useless. Totally useless, that is.
    But if they implemented this into a car dock, I might be tempted getting one.

  • JG

    I'd like to see one equipped with some kind of data connection as well (NFC, Bluetooth, wifi direct, whatever).... Then I can drop my phone onto the dock when I sit at the desk. Its handy if I need to make/take a call, send a text or whatever. Plus, it'll get recharged, and I could copy over the new ringtones from the desktop to the phone. All without having to mess with wires or anything...

    • spydie

      uhhhhh, you can't turn on the bluetooth on your phone before setting it on the dock so you can copy over things from your computer while it sits in the dock charging?

    • MattJ404

      Buy an NFC sticker set, put it on the pad, and program it to toggle bluetooth. (I have that set up in my car now. My DNA will automatically enter car mode and connect to my car's bluetooth by tapping it against the dash.

  • JonnyBoy6

    Even if the Google Orb comes out, we'll probably be able to order&receive this way, way before ;-)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Am I the only one who thinks it's really dumb that this thing isn't designed to fold up? In it's current form, the packaging is going to be huge and it's not reasonably portable. If it were given a hinge on the top, it could be folded to a slim slab that could fit into a briefcase or bag easily. A small change in design would make this far more worth the price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    Is it magnetically secured or is it nothing more than a stand with a QI charger put in it?

    I'm thinking of trying to make something of my own using some small rare-earth magnets and a charging coil.

  • BeverageNinja

    As much as I want the convince of a wireless charger, I just can't justify spending 70 bucks on one, even if they have one in Android green. I hope the Google orb isn't this expensive.

  • bitrain

    need transparent plastic/ glass case around it, prevent easy falling drop from the charger. in case kids running around and slap it accidentally :)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    "Just don't be upset if the Nexus 4's wireless charging orb launches in the meantime."

    AHAHAHA. Yeah right, that will be the day! Nexus accessories are never actually released, just teased and abandoned. I'm STILL waiting for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus pogo car and home dock.

    • FrillArtist

      Well said. Google has a habit of debuting experiments as consumer goods. No wonder the Nexus 4 is relatively cheap.

    • PacoBell

      Huh, it's out. Guess you'll have to be eating that crow now...

  • Wam31

    "We tested all this with a Nexus 4"
    Fake !!!
    No such thing as a Nexus 4 !
    ;-)

    • Dmfh

      yeah you are right...as i respond to you on my nexus 4.

      • FrillArtist

        Whoosh...that's the sound of the joke flying over your head.

  • mwjii

    Forget that,not worth it.

  • FrillArtist

    Lol. $70. Only a stupid mug would pay that.

    • PacoBell

      Took me a while to figure out what you meant by "stupid mug". "As opposed to a smart mug? What does that do, heat and stir itself?"

      • FrillArtist

        Mug is a British term for idiot or someone stupid.

    • pseud0nymph

      Or someone who's not worried about price when it comes to convenience, such as myself. Disposable income is a great thing to have!

  • Rob Watkins

    I have to have one of these for home and work!

  • Nick Schiwy

    Evidently this is shipping in June now and the pre-order page no longer includes the VU. Personally, I really like this concept but as is the case with the Google Nexus Orb, $70 is far too much for this equipment.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Wtf, they now Kickstartered it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/800343142/vu-wireless-charger-free-positioning-wireless-char

    What kind of BS is this? I just hate that everything has to be on Kickstarter now, just for extra publicity.

  • Julius

    Not worthy to buy for 70 bucks, you can buy a wireless in Amazon store that bang for buck. Just look for CHOETECH.