Nokia Lumia 1020: Wireless Charging Cover hands on
We’ve had a lot of folks asking about the wireless charging cover (CC-3066) for the recently announced Lumia 1020. As many of you know, Nokia omitted wireless charging in order to keep the device as thin and light as possible (and reduce cost, presumably). Because of that, you’ll have to pony up and clip on the CC-3066 wireless charging cover in order to go wire-free.
We managed to track one down and put it through its paces. Truth be told, it’s a slim and light addition to your phone and while it technically adds “bulk”, it seems thinner and lighter to us than the similar backplate for the Lumia 720.
Check out the pics and watch the video to see it all in action.
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Seriously, the Qi stuff itself isn't that much thicker than a sticker, so I just don't get why they don't include it.
Oh well, though. I know this doesn't affect too many people in the first place.
BTW, no way you can say it is not standard. Not ubiquitous maybe, but It is most certainly a standard. People throw the term, standard, around pretty freely. Doesn't technically mean the thing everyone is using.
When you have phones like the 920 where it includes everything, the bloggers, tech circle and even some end users criticise it for being thick and heavy, despite the obvious advantage of it being sturdy with the extra functionality. However if you look on the streets you see many people put thick cases on their supposedly "thin and light" phones, and in some cases making them as heavy if not heavier than the 920 but they won't blink an eye. The key here is that you have to make the people willingly put on the thickness and weight on as "protection" for their expensive phone - THEN they will completely accept the extra bulk, because the users themselves choose to put the extra bulk on themselves, whereas if you include it on in the first place, they write it off as a negative because they didn't choose to have this stuff on themselves. Thus the idea of a wireless charging case addresses this psychological issue, as psychologically the user would be thinking "hey I'm buying a protective case for my expensive phone with EXTRA functionality! I could live with a bit more bulk for that.", and also cut off the whole "too bulky and heavy" criticism that the tech reporters are likely to say as well.
I'm really dissapointed this isn't just built in, and strongly dislike this Nokia trend. Just look at the charging covers for the 820... the thickness and additional weight is almost nothing. Just include it in the base plastic. Cost should be negligible as well.
The other thing this makes essentially impossible is a CC-1043 style case. This case is AWESOME on the 920, becuase it is very thin, covers all sides, and looks almost liek you don't have a case at all. The wireless charging works right through it. By making the wireless charging an add-on case, they will either make a CC-1043 style case that is incompatible with the wireless charging (either/or), or not make one at all because they believe that this wireless charging back is sufficiently equivalent. It is not.
Still believe Nokia went with turning Wireless Charging into an accessorie because they can quickly adapt to the way Apple is going to do this by releasing another shell. I'd guess once Apple starts incorporating Wireless Charging it will be taking off because it appears many people only consider something worthwile once iPhone has it for some reason..
So, you'll probably see bundling deals like that. (Hell, the B&M Microsoft Stores are always good with negotiating discounts, so it wouldn't surprise me if you couldn't talk them into both...)
I definitely read your comment. You were bitching about there being too much important news on this Windows Phone news site. That's why I told you it was a dumb thing to say.
Plus, if I already have the camera shell on it, then I have to take that one off....it takes away from the simplicity.
But overall, I guess its not a huge deal..this phone is still tits. I wish they would work with Verizon...I dont want to have to wait a year for the Nokia 1028. Maybe they will give verizon the 1025, aluminum body version this time.
Yeah, no, not buying it. I think customer feedback has suggested they prefer the lighter/thinner designs, and they want the option of the charging.
BS. It's to grab more accessory money. The BOM must be miniscule on a charging cover. Does it even have an IC? Plastic and a metal coil. I bet it costs them $3 to make one.
hopefully future technics will make it possible to integrate it again without bulkiness, although I prefered the 1020 with wireless charging build in.
In the beginning I was very negative about the bulkiness of the Lumia 920 but now I have it --> love it!
And I don't want a device anymore without wireless charging build in. Don't want an extra cover.
Hopefully Nokia brings a Pureview 41 MP with wireless charging as well: makes the back of the phone more flat as well.
It equates to increasing revenue, plain and simple.
There must be others out there like me which have invested in chargers for their 920. Now to sidegrade (in some respects) to the 1020 a consumer will have to fork out treble the cost, or more, for the priviledge of continuing to use Wireless Charging. I'm a fan of Nokia but this is a fairly blatent grab for revenue addon.
Fortunately Mr Elop said there are other devices coming out in the near future that will include Qi charging and hit other price points using the technologies that are being developed. I will be happy for my next device to have Wireless Charging with a 21mpx shooter - that's stacks for me, with the thinness of a 925. I'm bypassing this one sadly but I'm looking forward to seeing what's coming in a few months toward Q4 2013 - Q1 2014.
It is a wild device no matter which way you look at it... I like how USB On The Go is included too - awesome Nokia!
I love the wireless charging and this could be a deal breaker for me. If it doesn't work Monday on the flat charger the phone may go back to the Microsoft store on Monday evening.
The flat charger works well. As does the JBL powerup wireless charging speakers. I also got the upright charger to work.
Try this: if you have the NFC charger set up on your 1020 where the app opens when you tap the nfc area, turn it off by removing the charging stand from accessories in settings. So, I'm just using the time on the screen that's part of Amber. I have it turn red at night and it seems to work better for me.
So, as soon as I just began using the upright charging stand to only charge the phone it's working great. Hope you have success.
I could understand Nokia not wanting to include something like wireless charging in the 1020, because pretty much every review of the 920 complained about the weight of the device, but Nokia should have included this feature in the 1020. I would say the phone plus the charging cover combo is very likely bulkier than if the phone had it integrated. Maybe they could have placed the wireless charging component closer to the camera lens and shaped the phone with more of a gradual slope toward the bottom of the phone...