Powermat debuts 'case-less' induction charging kit
Magnetic induction charging specialist Powermat has revamped its line up of wireless chargers, slimming down the adaptors that add power pick-ups to phones and other handheld gadgets.
If you own a Nokia N97, or BlackBerry 9700, 8520, 9320 or 9330 you'll now be able to get an adaptor that leaves your handset barely thicker than it was previously. New case-less adaptors for these phones simply replace the handsets' battery hatches with an induction pick-up.
No jacket required: the special battery-bay hatch is all you need
iPhone 4 owners gain a specially designed case that's less bulky than its 3G/3GS-oriented predecessor. It also features a flip back section, allowing you to fit the phone more easily. Once again, there's a built-in micro USB port so you don't lose the ability to sync your phone while the case is on.
Powermat has also produced a single-device charging pad designed specifically for the cased iPhone 4. Case and pad are bundled together for £50.
The BlackBerry and Nokia case-less options are also £50 a pop and likewise come with a single-device charging pad.
One for work, one for play: new dual-device charging pad
If you have more than one gadget you want to charge wirelessly, Powermat has also introduced a £60 two-device pad to join the three-space pad it launched last year.
The new Powermat devices will go on sale next month. ®
Apple stifle innovation
Indeed, we're not all slaves to apple you know - they are practically the only people not to offer a universal connection standard for their devices. This actually prevents innovation and stifles competition, which is exactly what they are after.
First and foremost apple are a marketing company. They just happen to sell computers and other tech.
I think you're missing AC's point...
It's still a proprietary adapter, so regardless whether or not it's sturdy, you can only connect Apple designed shit to it using Apple connectors. Micro USB on the other hand is as it says on the tin; Universal.
re:USB for iPhone
Actually that iPhone /iPod connector is vey good, and provides a stronger physical connection, handy when docked in the car for example.
USB for iPhone
Surely the best feature for iPhone users is that you are getting a micro USB port added to your iPhone rather than the silly ipod dock connector?!