Andru USB phone charger (review) review: Charming and useful for any Android fan

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MSRP: $25.00

The Good The Andru USB charger is painfully cute and has a solid, premium construction.

The Bad Andru takes up a lot of room on multiple-outlet power strips and it's pricey compared with third-party chargers.

The Bottom Line If you can get past its $25 price tag, Andru perfectly combines form and function in the ideal phone charger for an Android lover.

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8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Performance 8

As I mentioned in my review of the Boombotix Boombot 2, vinyl toy figurines aren't my thing unless they can provide a function. And sometimes, even one function can be enough.

Let's just get one thing clear: the Andru USB charger is basically a $25 phone charger from Gen. You know, that thing that essentially comes free with your phone. It's a steep price to pay for a monofunctional device, but you'll undoubtedly be using it every day. Plus, what can I say? It's as cute as hell.

The Andru comes in three different colors: green, black (also known as Andru Dark), and white (called Andru Chill). When plugged in, its eyes light up, and can change color. For the original Andru, the eyes will glow blue when it's charging and white if it's on standby.

The device stands 2.5 inches tall and weighs about 1.28 ounces. It's extremely lightweight and portable, so if you plan on bringing this charger on a trip, it can easily be stowed away in a small bag or luggage.

The Andru in its fully assembled glory. James Miller/CNET

Up top is the USB port, which is flanked by two antennas. Because they're flexible and soft, you don't have to worry about them breaking off when you plug in or pull out a USB cable. However, that doesn't mean it'll live up to heavy abuse -- I can easily see how these antennas may eventually come off given enough wear and tear.

On its sides are two posable arms that rotate around for absolutely no reason but to be adorable. At the bottom are two outlet prongs. When not in use, you can insert the Andru into its stand so it can stand up by itself for maximum desk exposure and basic showing-off 101.

In addition, it comes with a 4-foot-long Micro-USB cable. Because the Andru doesn't come with its own bag or case, there's no compact way to tote the charger and cable together. However, if it's inserted in its stand, you can plug the cable in and wrap the cord around the robot figure's legs.

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