Larger barriers to adopt new technology are the high tagged prices and of course the uncertainty of that technology whether it will become widespread enough to support future devices. Is it not foolishness to spent 100$ on the purchasing of an induction charger for your iphone, whereas there is a possibility that you will switch to a different phone in near future.
Case-mate “Hug” system consists upon an open wireless charging standard, the Wireless Power Consortium’s e Coupled technology (the same technology used in Palm’s “Touchstone” chargers for the Pre and Pixi lines).
This theory means that you will be able to charge your phone on any wireless charging surface based on the same standard.Case-mate can be used at a bedside table, Starbucks coffee table, and in airplanes . We will have to see how this eventually works in our real life.
As a charging solution, the Hug system is surprisingly nimble. It takes only two hours to charge my iPhone 3GS battery from near zero percent to 100% . That’s really very good considering early induction charging systems have operated at a much slower trickle. The first one i reviewed, almost a year ago took overnight. That system was for Wii remotes, too, which aren’t quite as important as having an adequately charged cell phone.
The system is comprised of the charging pad and a protective iPhone case, the Case-mate describes as “slim.” We can go back and forth all day about using slim as an adjective but I want to tell you that the case added some noticeable bulk to my phone. It’s made of two plastic pieces that snap together; the backing of the larger main piece feels somewhat solid but the sides of both pieces are pretty bendy. I definitely wouldn’t want to drop my phone, and let’s remember that there’s induction technology built into the case that probably shouldn’t be bumped around too violently.