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Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb Now Available Through Google Play for $60

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The wireless charging Orb for the Google Nexus 4 is now available through Google Play for $59.99. Originally teased during its unveiling day on October 29, the Orb has been the single accessory for this phone that we have been excited to get our hands on. While the only thing it does it wirelessly charge your phone, the design and ease of use are keys to this being a winner. Since the half-ball angles the phone ever-so-slightly, you can actually use your Nexus 4 while it’s charging, unlike on other wireless chargers.

The price comes off as being a bit steep, but that’s the current wireless charging situation.

Go get it before it sells out! Device ships in less than one week.

Play Link ($59.99)

Via: Β The Verge

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  • Pedro

    I just opened mine. Much smaller than I anticipated (I was thinking Nexus Q).
    3″ across. Magnet is surprisingly strong. No slip.
    Works with a Ringke Slim case installed.
    Just a rounded piece of awesome.

    Now I can give the single slot Energizer Qi charger to my daughter.

  • Marco Mendoza

    I should get my charger by tomorrow

  • Robgee

    Does any one know if you can leave the phone over night without worrying about overcharging?

  • Geoff Johnson

    What an expensive alternative to a relatively simply task

  • Looks just like the Touchstone for my old Palm Pre. Actually, that was probably the only good thing about the phone, hardware wise. Still a shame that Palm/HP bungled WebOS so badly, it had real potential at one time.

  • socalrailroader

    I wonder, since this is Qi compliant, will it work with my Nokia Lumia 920? I have the wireless charger for the Lumia 920, but it only works sporadically with my Nexus 4.

  • Elliot Kotis

    πŸ™ Not available in Australia πŸ™ Anyone wanna sell it to me πŸ˜›

  • so, it is qi, which is awesome. my question is, can i use it with my DNA? anyone?

  • anezarati

    i just noticed, after i bought one, that it comes with its own power adapter and usb cord. that makes the $60 price tag a little easier to swallow.

  • xzombiex66

    wonder if it works with the Bumper?

  • baconslayer09

    It’s about $20-30 too expensive for me. I’d definitely buy it if it was $30.

    • Sean Bello

      some retailers still sell car chargers for $20 lol

      • TylerChappell

        Verizon sells car chargers for $30.

  • Tony Byatt

    I’ll wait for the price drop, hopefully there is a price drop…

  • Will this work with the HTC DNA?

    • bleeew

      I think it will. It has Qi doesn’t it?

    • zepfloyd

      It would. The question is how well it stay/lean on it.

    • Yes it will work support Qi, but not sure how well will stay on

  • Since my S3 has wireless charging capabilities, would this work for it?

    • Justin Winker

      I’m thinking no. I think the S3’s alternate back uses a different technology for charging, but I’m not sure. Anyone else know for sure?

    • Bob G

      Yes it will. But same question as the DNA……. will it stay on it.

  • Joshua Dudash

    Bought Mine! Hopefully no regrets πŸ™‚
    I am just furious that I still dont have a dock for my GNex or N7…
    I mean, don’t they want our money?

  • Tim242

    $71 w/tax, to take 4-5 hrs to charge? I think not!

    • Justin Winker

      I typically sleep for more than 4-5 hours, so I think it’s worth it since that’s the only time I charge my phone. I agree, though, it’s a bit pricey, but they’ve got to make up for the cost of the Nexus 4 somehow (and the bumper was definitely not worth $20, but I support El Goog in any way I can).

    • TylerChappell

      Don’t you get it Tim? It’s all about how sexy you look when charging! Can’t wait to try it with my Droid DNA. I pay good money for sexiness. Or maybe…Nexiness?

  • Ray

    I just bought the energizer single inductive charger yesterday and now this one is released. I guess I will buy it and keep it at work. $70 dollars is a lot but oh well it looks nice and I will get my money worth from using it daily.

  • Marco Mendoza

    Bought mine no regrets.

  • Austin Warren

    Pretty pricey. Looks nice though.

  • How do you find this on the Play Store without using the link? Anyone know?

    • Marco Mendoza

      You have to go to the 16gb version nexus 4 then scroll down to accessories

      • Ah, thanks! I’m sure they’ll put it on the 8GB page soon enough.

  • Drome

    i feel like i overpaid but i bought it..


    Oh, so that’s where the Nexus Q went.

    • Dorian Brooks

      That’s what I thought too

    • The price comes off as being a bit steep, but that’s the current wireless charging situation. http://www.Detailswork69dollarperhourontheinternet.qr.net/j8HD/,,239279,0n2805q735,s

      • Nokia one, that can get from Verizon is ten dollars cheaper

        • michael arazan

          for that much it should come with a spare battery

          • TylerChappell

            At least it comes with the power adapter and microUSB cable, unlike the Nexus 7 dock. =[

  • gnex dude

    I don’t see the big deal “wireless charging”. You still need to plug the Orb into an outlet. Am I missing something?

    • Austin Warren

      Micro-USB ports are very fragile. Plugging it into phone to charge whole time could hinder it.

      • Tim242


        • Austin Warren

          Good explanation. /s

      • Mike

        That’s why you buy the desk stand. This is the main reason they make them, moreso than having the phone facing you at your desk. Argue all you want, it’s the truth.

    • Tim242

      And it takes twice as long to charge

      • Liderc

        It doesn’t take twice as long, and it’s nice to sit the phone down and have it charge every time you lay it down on your desk instead of having to plug it in 5 times a day if you want to go out that night and have it at 100%.

        • TylerChappell

          He probably means that it takes twice as long than if you were to use a 2A charger like the Nexus 7 charger.

      • Justin Winker

        And conveniently, this wireless charger is just as effective as Mini USB/Micro USB charger.

  • Futbolrunner

    Isnt there a hack to have the wireless charging contacts uncovered for the Verizon Note 2? Anybody try it yet?

    • JetBlue

      Pretty sure you have to cut through the casing on the side to see them and that’s if they even work.

  • duke69111

    Judging from the 4 hour charge time stated in the specs, i’m guessing that wireless charging happens at a much slower rate?

    • moelsen8

      it’s not really any different than your standard wall charger, actually. i was surprised because i thought the same thing originally.

      • Tim242

        I tried one with the DNA. It takes 4-5 hrs

        • moelsen8

          not sure if you mean that it’s better or worse than a standard wall charger, but i’m always surprised or at least happy with the speed that my phone charges on qi charger i have (energizer)

        • I use the nokia wireless chargers and it charges the same rate has charging by usb

    • Daniel Richardson

      the two wireless chargers i have charge my phone (htc dna) in “usb” mode that is why it takes so long to charge.. I would assume this charger would act the same. It’s great for convenience but if you need to charge as much as possible as fast as possible it’s not so great for that..

      • fodawim

        afaik, Qi chargers put the phone in a special not USB but not AC mode. http://i.imgur.com/HHshnQu.png

        • Daniel Richardson

          when i look at that screen on my DNA whilst charging wirelessly it says “usb” not wireless.

  • snowblind64

    Very cool. Too rich for my blood though. I’ll wait and see if I can get a better price at a later date.

  • LionStone

    I’ve used my DNA while on the LG wireless charger plate and it gets super HOT! All I was doing was streaming Pandora and it gets hot fast, so I don’t know if this one will let you actually do things like that or not?

    • The Nokia charger is much better than the LG. I have one of both.

      • LionStone

        Why is it better? Will it let you stream music or do other things without blowing up?

        • Yes it will, I don’t know why the LG one gets so hot but either this or the nokia wireless charger will be good for you

          • LionStone

            Ok sounds good… just to clarify, the phone gets hot, the plate is fine. I guess I’ll leave the LG one bedside and get one of the other ones that will let me stream music in the truck.

          • I would go this one if you don’t mind spending the extra 10 dollars, and can use it easier when laying in bed

        • I don’t think it gets hot at all, and it doesn’t have the annoying beep.

  • NYAvsFan

    Had one on order at puremobile, canceled and got from play store instead. Ready for that wireless charging!

  • Prox

    I would love to know if these work with a case, say a Ringke Slim Case or a TPU case.

    • 4n1m4L

      Edit: Dee Dee Dee

    • sdafdsa

      they work with virtually any case that doesn’t contain metal.

  • Wish the Galaxy Nexus would work with this, thing is too sexy looking and I’ve always thought wireless charging was a great idea.

    • 4n1m4L

      There are numerous threads about the galaxy nexus touchstone mod.

  • Peter Stover

    Will the galaxy nexus work with this?

    • duke69111

      No, it does not have wireless charging built in.

  • John

    Wonder if you already have an update template ready to post about being out of stock soon

  • sadfdsaf

    Too expensive. Not worth it. I recently bought another Qi charger, and even that was hard to swallow at $42.

  • moelsen8

    wow.. steep price, but quickest impulse buy of my life. i love wireless charging.

    edit: actually, anyone think i should try to cancel until i hear reports of how this works with a case? i’m guessing it has to be magnetized or something, and i don’t have a thick case, but still…

    • Justin Winker

      Haha, i saw a few of these articles about the orb being in stock and hopped on and bought it right away. Glad I’m not the only one who has impulse buying problems πŸ™‚

  • Zach Jacobs

    Nexus Q cut in half. but props to Mathias, this things looks stylish as hell.

  • anyone know the app being displayed on the screen? looks like a pretty nifty holo themed dock app. curious to check it out or is it just a nexus 4 specific thing (have a Gnex with 4.2)

  • dapoktan

    put it in my cart.. but i didnt check out.. 71.84 after shipping and tax… ridiculous.. not for a charger w/ no other features.. imma wait this one out..

    • dapoktan

      same w/ the grossly overpriced bumper.. ew

    • chadstone30

      i did the exact same thing. then i realized i could just plug it in like i have been doing for the past couple of weeks. decided to save myself $70 bucks.

  • O.M.G.

    Edit: Pricey, but purchased.

    • moelsen8

      power through the guilt like I am! πŸ˜›

    • asdfadsf

      Edit 2 reply: Yes. It’ll even work if you have a TPU (full body) case on the phone.

    • anezarati

      i hope it will work on a bumper. the issue i see is that the magnets wont be strong enough to hold it on if the back is elevated off the surface, which a bumper would do.

    • Same here, bought it but with some regrets lol. Kinda pricey, hoping its worth it (as well as our wait for it). πŸ™‚

  • I’m not sure how these work, but would this work with any other phone? GNex, S3 perhaps?

    • Jeff Tycz

      it does not

  • markgbe

    so cool but so expensive. How cool would this be if it was $30.

  • moe6

    Here’s to hoping they don’t have just a 100 of these right now πŸ˜€