Are you looking for the best wireless chargers to buy right now? If so, you’re in the right article! For today, I am going to be talking about the top-of-the-line Qi wireless chargers you can find on the market that are worth it for your mobile device.
Ever since Apple expressed its sentiments of building a powerful wireless charger, it didn’t come to fruition. The good thing is that that blunder didn’t stop other companies from doing their own thing and compete.
Today, there are various wireless chargers that you can find on the market and it might be hard for a non-tech-savvy person to get one the right one.
Fortunately for you, I will go over the best ones, so without further ado, let’s get started.
Best Wireless Chargers
1.Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand
Most of the wireless chargers that you can find on the market are charging pads which means that you lay your smartphone flat on the thing before it charges.
The problem with that orientation is that you cannot use your phone while it’s charging because the charging coils that are on the device might not align with your phone when you are tapping on its screen.
Fortunately, the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand is different. You not only have the ability to place your phone in portrait or landscape mode but you can also use your device while it is charging- something that is not possible with other products in its category.
Although it is only a 10-watt charger, putting your mobile device in overnight should provide 100% battery when you wake up. And, you do not have to worry about overcharging since the pad itself will detect if the device that is on it requires more juice or not and will stop charging if the latter is true.
You get two color options as you can choose either black or white and it should support most Qi Wireless charging-capable devices on the market.
2.Ravpower Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad
Ravpower is a relative newcomer in the space but the company has certainly made a name for itself, especially when it comes to amazing wireless chargers.
The Ravpower Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad is a 10-watt charger that can only charge one device at a time, but the good thing is that you are not only limited to putting a smartphone on it as you also have the ability to charge other wireless charging-capable stuff as well, including Apple Smartwatches, for example.
It is a charging pad so you will have to lay your phone flat on its surface but the good thing here is that it automatically charges your device almost instantly.
Its construction is solid and the base has rubber feet so that the pad will not move anywhere once you place it on your desk.
If you are not a fan of wireless charging pads, you do have the option to buy the Ravpower 2 Coils which is a charging stand that is a bit similar to the previous recommendation. Both are priced the same so you have the option to choose here.
3.Anker PowerWave 15 Pad
While a 10-watt charger is okay if you intend to charge your device overnight, that might be a bit slower for people that want to quick-charge their mobile stuff.
If you want a relatively faster charger, the Anker PowerWave 15 Pad is ideal for you. It is a 15-watt charging pad that should cut at least 40 minutes of charging time when compared to slower wireless chargers on the market.
It is relatively compact so you do not have any trouble putting this on your desk. It uses a USB-C cable and has a 3-feet cable included in the box so this thing is literally plug-and-play.
And the best part of all is that for every Anker product you buy, you get an 18-month warranty, so you can rest assured that this thing will last a really long time.
4.Nanami Fast Wireless Charger
Another amazing charging stand, the Nanami Fast Wireless Charger provides excellent value as it is a fast charger that is priced under $30.
Whether you place your device here overnight, you shouldn’t worry as it has built-in protection mechanisms that automatically shut the pad off if it detects that the device that is on it has 100% battery already (thus preventing overcharging).
Aside from that, it does have an LED indicator that lets you know that it is charging but it also has a sleep-friendly feature where the said indicator shuts off after 10 seconds. This is great if you intend to put this pad right beside your bed at night.
It has a rather dull design but since you want a product that can wirelessly charge your devices really well, then this one is a good choice indeed.
5.Hard Cider Labs SliceCharge Pro
While there are plenty of options out there, there are only a handful of wireless chargers that can charge multiple devices at once.
If you are the type of person that wants to place at least two phones or devices on a charging pad, then you should consider getting the Hard Cider Labs SliceCharge Pro.
With this thing, you can place up to two mobile devices of your choosing- may it be smartwatches or two of your smartphones, etc.
While you can technically charge an Android phone, the problem here is that it uses a 5-watt charger for the said device as this pad is only meant to charge Apple devices right from the get-go.
However, if you own multiple Apple products, then I highly recommend this one without a doubt.
6.Samsung Wireless Charger DUO Pad
If you want a wireless charger that can support all Android smartphones on the market, then the Samsung Wireless Charger DUO Pad is for you.
It has a relatively simple design but that is a good thing as it looks simple yet elegant but it does a fantastic job of giving your devices enough juice to last the whole day.
Now, if you are going to buy this one, you have to take note that while it supports all Qi Wireless-capable devices, this thing can only charge them up to 7.5 watts only. That is a bummer, right? Well, not exactly.
You see, the Charger DUO Pad has the company’s Fast Charge 2.0 technology which means that smartphones made by the company- from Samsung Galaxy S9 and above will enjoy the 12-watt charging capabilities that this thing has.
And, it should go without saying that this thing can charge up to two mobile devices (really, the clue is in the name).
7.Choetech Dual Wireless Charger
A lot of dual-device charging pads are powerful but the problem is that some of them just do not have the surface area to support the bulkier phones or what have you.
Well, the Chotech Dual Wireless Charger rectifies that problem by giving you enough space to charge even the bulkiest phones on the market.
It comes with 5 charging coils which means that you have enough power coursing through your devices at the same time while giving it 10-watts of charging power each.
In fact, you can also use it to charge your Airpods Pro case as well which provides ease and convenience.
Sure, this thing is bulkier than others, but it is definitely justified.
8.Yootech 15W Metal Fast Wireless Charging Pad
Wireless chargers need not be expensive. Sure, they cost more than their wired counterparts, but it doesn’t mean that you have to spend exorbitant amounts of money just to get one.
The Yootech Metal Fast Wireless Charging Pad is a wireless charger with a metal surface. This means that you can use it even with the bulkiest smartphones on the market.
It supports not only all of the Qi Wireless-enabled devices on the market but it also supports Apple devices as well.
Keep in mind that its charging capability will depend entirely on the device that you have. If you have a modern device (meaning phones or gadgets that were bought 2 years prior) can get a hold of the 15-watt charging capability of this thing.
However, for older devices, its charging power will be reduced to only 7.5 watts. This is not a problem with the charger but with the standard that your phone or gadget supports.
9.Spigen SteadiBoost Flex Convertible
Spigen is a well-known company when it comes to phone cases but did you know that the company also dabbles into wireless chargers as well?
The Spigen SteadiBoost Flex Convertible supports all wireless charging-enabled devices on the market and it provides 15-watts of charging power, so long as your phone supports it.
Although this is a charging pad, it does come with a stand that allows your phone to be propped up so you can still use it while it is charging.
It also has a sleep-safe functionality in that its LED lights will shut off after a few seconds, making this thing okay to use when you place it beside your bed.
10.Google Pixel Stand
If you have a Google Pixel device, then I highly recommend that you look into the Google Pixel Stand.
While it can technically charge any Android smartphone, it does wonders if you own a Google Pixel phone.
You see, while it is plugged into the 11-watt charger, you can still actually use Google’s AI to know more about the weather or perhaps find out more information about who won last night’s NBA game, and so on.
The charger can also be used as a convenient alarm clock and the nice thing about this is that if you are charging your phone overnight, it will automatically enable the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature of your device which comes in quite handy.
Sadly, the features that were just mentioned are not supported on other Android devices which can be a downer for some. But hey, there are quite a lot of people that have Google Pixel devices and that makes the Pixel Stand quite an appealing charger to get.
Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers
Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.
You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.
That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!
For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.
The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.
Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.
With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.
For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.
On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.
At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.
Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.
If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.
This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.
Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.
Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.
To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.
The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.
On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.
It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.
However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.
Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.
The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.
Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade
When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.
There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.
You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.
Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.
Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.
There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.
Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.
The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.
You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).
What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.
Specs and Performance
- CPU: A12 Bionic
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB/128GB
- Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
- OS: iPadOS 14
- Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
- Battery: 32.4 Wh
So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.
While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.
Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.
Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games.
Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.
It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.
Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.
However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.
My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.
If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.
The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.
Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.
Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes
Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.
It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.
Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?
One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.
The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.
You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.
Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.
The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.
I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.
Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.
An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.
So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.
3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.
I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.
To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.
The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.
You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.
Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.
Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball.
For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.
You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.
You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.
Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.
The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.
You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.
Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?
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