It’s December 3rd and we are officially in the thick of the holiday season. Kicking off yet another day of Phandroid’s Gift-a-Day Giveaway, we’re giving you guys not only some great new gift ideas, but another chance at winning some awesome prizes. Today’s items may sound a little basic, but they’re absolute essentials for any Android user. Take a look.
Because you can you never have too many USB cables (they’re constantly getting lost, worn out, or chewed up), we found a nice pack of USB cables from Poweradd that are sure to make the perfect stocking stuffer for your special little Android user.
A pack of 4 for only $8, we found the cables offer a great mix of quality and value. They even come with a 12 month hassle free replacement warranty in the event something goes wrong. Amazon Prime shipping means they’ll be on your door in 2 business days.
We’d be willing to guess that most consumers are still in the dark when it comes to Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Available in a handful of 2014 flagship smartphones (you can find the full list here), Quick Charge 2.0 is the best thing to happen to the smartphones since… well, high speed data.
Whether you forgot to charge your device the night before, or you played an intense session of Clash of Clans during your lunch break, painfully long charging times are a thing of the past thanks to Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Delivering charge speeds up to 75% quicker than conventional chargers, the hardest part is actually finding them available for purchase online.
Our favorite? The all new HTC Rapid Charger for $18 on Amazon. It’ll work with any device (not just HTC-made phones/tablets) and it’s significantly cheaper than the Motorola Turbo Charger for $35. The best part is these charges are fully backwards compatible with any smartphone/tablet/accessory that needs charging. Seriously though, do yourself (or a loved one) a favor and throw out all your old chargers and upgrade your life to Quick Charge 2.0.
We’ve already explained the benefits of having Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compatible wall charger in the above gift idea, now you can take it in your car where it’s arguably the most useful. Given you’re probably only in your car for short bursts of time, juicing up your phone as quickly as possible is an absolute godsend. We found this Powermod charger on Amazon for an affordable $25. It might not look that pretty, but it certainly gets the job done. Don’t think: just buy.
If you have an Android smartphone or tablet that isn’t Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compatible, we also recommend the Mpow 6Amps 30W (3A per port) car charger. At 3A per port, it can take even the most power hungry of devices currently available, and even ones that might be released in the future (tablets cap out at 2.4A).
You can find multiple USB port charging stations just about anywhere on the net, but most are practically useless at charging multiple devices at full speed simultaneously. That’s why we love the Bolse desktop charging station. It’s about the size of an iPhone and with 7 ports, it’s probably got more holes than you have electronic devices. At 60W of total power, this thing has a combined output of 12A meaning you can charge around 5 tablets at full speed, or 7 smartphones (depending on the device).
The detachable 5ft power cable means you’ll have more than enough room to string the station anywhere you need it and still use your device while it’s charging, not matter the USB cable length. I have one of these in my bedroom, living room, and in my bag (for traveling). Needless to say, you’re probably going to want to get a few extra USB cables to go along with it (see our first gift idea).
Now here comes the fun part. Enter below for a chance to win one of 20 prizes, including new Nexus devices and smartwatches. Entries for this day will remain open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) on December 21st. Good luck!