Google sells Nexus 4 wireless charger for $60

At long last, the pricey accessory pops up on Google's Play store.

Nexus 4 wireless charger
For $60, you can get your Nexus 4 wireless charging on. Google

Months after Google began selling the LG-made Nexus 4 Android 4.2 smartphone, it (finally) has a wireless charger to offer as well.

The charging accessory, available in the Google Play store, resembles a sheared-off Nexus Q and costs $59.99.

Google's wireless charger, like most, relies on the Qi protocol of inductive charging. The upshot is that the charger will be able to power other smartphones using the same standard.

I personally think this is a hefty sticker price for an add-on that's long been underscored as part of the Nexus 4's key selling points. Even so, Google's charge is in keeping with the accessories business. Nokia wireless charging cases for phones like the Lumia 820 cost around $20 (it's built into the Lumia 920 ), and you'll have to fork over between $50 (eBay) and $100 for the actual charging plate.

Part of the higher pricing owes to the fact that accessories like this, while practical, are also pitched as fashionable. You use a charger to hide the visible cables that can quickly clutter a desk, table, or counter. Yes, the charger plugs into the wall, but tuck in the cord and the surface you see just the orb, charging plate, or whichever form it takes.

Play

It'll be interesting to see how efficiently the Qi-powered charger juices up the Nexus 4. In my experience with the Lumia 920, the phone charged only slightly slower than through the phone's charging port. I'll also admit that plopping the phone on the charging plate without worrying about the Micro-USB connection was convenient for quick power top-ups.

Are you on board with wireless charging, or do you find it unnecessary? Chime in below!

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

Christmas Buying Guide

The best gadgets for everyone on your list

From headphones to wearable tech, here is everything for tech enthusiasts this Christmas.