Do you have a charger for my...? Standardized plugs coming soon
Anyone who has a smart phone knows the feeling. The battery starts dipping to below 20 per cent charge. You think you can stretch things out but the meter continues to dip as your day wears on and a charger is out of sight.
Now your battery indicator is flashing red...the phone is nearly running on the battery acid’s fumes. Any second now, that beep alerting you of your phone’s impending shut-down will stop mid-tone as the screen fades to black.
Panicking, you ask around – at work, school, a friend’s place – for a charger. Unfortunately, their Samsung plug won’t jive with your iPhone.
Wouldn’t it be nice if smartphone chargers used a standard plug?
Yes – and it appears the Europeans get it.
Starting in early 2011, new phones from those companies will use a micro USB jack for charging.
While this is only in the European Union – it’s quite likely we can expect to see the same electronics companies keeping things consistent across the pond here in Canada and the rest of the world.
Although some features change from region to region, it makes costs cheaper for them to use the same type of plug in both markets.
And for us consumers – it makes total sense. Even your friend’s iPhone charger could charge your BlackBerry, or your Nokia could juice up a Samsung phone.
If you're wondering what Apple will do with their proprietary 30-pin iPhone plugs, Mac Rumours says they might include a microUSB adapter...which I'm sure every iPhone user will carry around.
While microUSB is pretty common on many devices, I still run into phones when doing reviews that have proprietary jacks. That’s like like selling cars that need specialized fuel pumps.
Would you benefit from common chargers? How often are you scrambling to find a compatible charger?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets