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Limited Edition IPhone 7+ with Wireless Charging

iPhone 7+ Charging on Samsung Wireless ChargerAfter experimenting with Android phones for about the last year and a half, I decided to switch back to iOS. I have no desire to engage in fanboy flamewars.  Android and iOS have their pros and cons, but for me, the applications I use regularly and the ecosystem I work in, iOS is just a better fit.

One thing I knew I’d be losing switching to the iPhone is the headphone jack. I know that bothers a lot of people, but for me, it’s not an issue because I’m a big fan of Bluetooth headphones.  On rare occasions, when I do want to use wired headphones, I use a Bluetooth adapter.  The one thing my Galaxy S7 Edge has that I really was going to miss was the convenience of wireless charging.

Despite all the talk about how awesome a world without wires is at the iPhone keynote, I was disappointed that Apple chose not to add wireless charging as a built-in feature of the new hardware.  Luckily, that turned out not to be much of an issue after all.  I found this wireless charging pad that plugs into the lightning port and sticks onto the back of your iPhone.  Obviously, it doesn’t look all that great on the back of your phone, but I bought a very inexpensive case which adds a little bit of grip and protection, and makes the charging pad pretty much invisible.  The case is thin enough that it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging at all.  A thicker case, or one with a metal plate for sticking to a magnetic mount probably wouldn’t work as well.  Wireless charging works great with the Samsung chargers I already have,  and the charging pad actually comes with its own wireless charger if you don’t already have one.

The only potential drawback is that if you need access to the lightning port on the phone for some reason, it would be kind of a pain to deal with.  In my case, the only thing I use the lightning port for is charging, and since I can do it wirelessly now (even away from the home or office) it’s not an issue at all for me.  It’s an inexpensive upgrade and I’m quite pleased with it!

20161023_104333 Back of the phone with charging padBack of Phone With Case Covering Charging Pad

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