• @wheels@lemmy.world
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    98 months ago

    Phones only have glass backs to let wireless charging work so I don’t see aluminium making a come back any time soon.

    • @JCreazy@midwest.social
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      98 months ago

      Wireless charging isn’t all that needed IMO. It’s kind of old technology, my phone had it 10 years ago but none of my phones have had it since and I haven’t really missed it because USB C charging is fast enough where wireless charging isn’t really necessary.

      • @cm0002@lemmy.world
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        118 months ago

        It’s also a gimmick afaic, it’s not “Wireless” to me until it can charge contactless from a distance. This not-really-wireless wireless crap just moved the connection and made it magnetic instead of a plug. It’s a glorified magsafe lmao

        • Sancthuary
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          28 months ago

          Hell yeah, dont understand why people are big about this while it just contact charging. It doesnt even charge phone fast nor efficient. Funny people keep bragging about waste while they use inefficient charging method which waste more energy.

          • @boonhet@lemm.ee
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            -18 months ago

            It’s inefficient, but it doesn’t depend on a finnicky-ass charging port so that’s nice.

            When Apple goes USB-C on iPhones, I will unfortunately have to start using wireless charging, because USB-C ports are so annoying to clean compared to Lightning, I don’t plan on having a functional one after a year of owning a USB-C phone.

      • Baron Von J
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        28 months ago

        I’d never want to get rid of wired charging, but wireless is a really nice option. I’m never able to find a good angle/spot for my phone in my car with a wire sticking out of it. Even with a dashboard mount, I would prefer the mount itself be powered to avoid having the cable just hanging with the pull of gravity on it.

    • @Otakeb@lemmy.world
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      8 months ago

      I hate wireless charging too, though. It’s inherently less efficient than wired, and you have less range of motion while charging. With a wire, I can still use my phone while it’s plugged in. Wireless charging needs to go away imo.

      • Mike
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        58 months ago

        I’m pretty glad to have both options. I take your point about using it while charging, but I also find myself having to jump up from my desk quite a bit, and it’s nice to be able to just pick up my phone without first unplugging it. And I imagine all of that plugging and unplugging is reducing the durability of the port over time.

        • @Otakeb@lemmy.world
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          18 months ago

          I really like the magnetic charging port plug adaptors for situations like that, but personally, if I’m jumping up and down from my desk at work or something and have my phone plugged in, I’ll just leave it on my desk while I’m away. And if I’m not coming back to it for a good bit, the extra half second it takes to unplug my phone is more than worth the more efficient power transfer, imo.

          But to each their own.

      • LUHG
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        48 months ago

        I interested in how your hate for wireless charging has anything to do with this thread?

        We’ve had wireless charging in every single material back and it’s absolutely wonderful QOL improvement.

        • @Otakeb@lemmy.world
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          18 months ago

          Even disregarding material, it is literally less efficient due to transmission losses, and it’s only “wireless” in so far as you have a wireless dock to drop your phone on that is then attached to the wall just like a regular cable. The only thing it does is make it so you don’t have to plug a cable in or use a magnetic cable attachment, but there isn’t really any convenience gain over just having a charging cord especially if you have a super long charging cable for your stationary spots in the house.

      • @electriccars@lemmy.world
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        48 months ago

        Couldn’t disagree more. Wireless charging with magnetic attachment like magsafe is a godsend for using my phone as a GPS. Just slap it onto it’s magnetic wireless charger and go. Pull it off when done. A million times better than the old chargers that grip the phone and then also having to plug it in every time I need to drive somewhere, then undo it all when I get there.

        • -V0lD
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          138 months ago

          Considering it comes at the cost of your phone being more fragile, the argument is not without merit

            • -V0lD
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              138 months ago

              The glass backs that this conversation started with

              • @ErikDegenerik@lemmy.one
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                -18 months ago

                I hate wireless charging too, though. It’s inherently less efficient than wired, and you have less range of motion while charging. With a wire, can still use my phone while it’s plugged in. Wireless charging needs to go away imo.

                Glass isn’t mentioned nowhere in this comment which started this conversation.

                • OrangeSlice
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                  18 months ago

                  That comment did not start the conversation, it was a response to the comment above it, which directly mentions glass.

                  • @ErikDegenerik@lemmy.one
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                    18 months ago

                    That’s why I deleted my comment almost immediately after posting it. Now I’m wondering how were you able to reply to it few hours later. Guess this Lemmy thing is still buggy.

            • @cm0002@lemmy.world
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              108 months ago

              Metal backs are incompatible with wireless charging.

              So that leaves ceramic, plastic and glass. Plastic isn’t “premium” enough apparently so that leaves ceramic and glass both of which are fragile

    • @cm0002@lemmy.world
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      38 months ago

      Phone manufacturers: “Man this glass stuff likes to shatter a lot no matter what we try to make it stronger. I know, let’s wrap the whole phone in it that’ll solve everything!!! 111”

    • @Omega@sh.itjust.works
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      18 months ago

      We had phones with glass backs before wireless charging was widespread (see sony xperia z phones from 8+ years ago for example)