Case in point
Put your iPhone 4 in the case - the top sixth of the Powermat unit folds back so you can slide the handset in to latch onto the integrated dock connector in the base - and then put the case on the tray. Almost immediately, the iPhone screen lights up with the usual green battery image and the phones starts charging up.
The case makes inserting the iPhone 4 easy. It's a little more tricky to get out
If the process doesn't complete as quickly as it does when you use Apple's own AC adaptor, then there's still not a lot in it. Adopting Powermat charging doesn't mean putting up with longer waits for your iPhone to be topped up.
But that's not to say it's without other issues. Powermat's iPhone 4 is solid and well-made but it adds 6mm to the length of your iPhone and a little extra, noticeable weight.
As I say, the handset slots onto a dock connector within the case, and there are grille-covered gaps that line up the phone's speaker and microphone. Even so, on a number of occasions, callers complained that my voice was muffled.
The raised edges mean there's not much else you can charge on the tray
Powermat has fitted the end of the case with a micro USB port so you can sync up your handset - a cable is included - without having to first take it out of the case. Fine, but what about those of us who dock our phones into speaker units?
Next page: Dock leaves
A really expensive way of charging batteries
It still needs to be plugged into the wall, why is it worth spending £50 on a thingymabobber that is no quicker or easier than plugging a charger in?
It's not only Mr Jobs who pumps the fanbois for their hard earned cash
It's not Wireless
It's a connectionless connector!
The pad still needs a cord. It's as wireless as my cordless kettle. The fact is a 30 year old "holster" as used on Mobile hand-held radios works better and cheaper than these "mats".
Hmm, any boffins out there care to see how much emag radition this thing is spewing about? Or how much power the induction connection wastes?
Seems like plugging a cord in is a lot easier. And for multiple devices, just get a USB hub and cables. I have a 7-port charging station on my desk. Woo! :)