Wireless charging, a make or break feature?

My review of the OnePlus 11 went up late last week, and I’ve since switched to a Galaxy S23+ to take another round of phone testing. It’s a never-ending exam session here in the first part of the year. However, I’m not complaining, as a regular device switch leads to things like today

I want to talk about wireless charging and whether you see it as a make or break type of feature. The point here is that OnePlus left it out of their OnePlus 11 flagship, saying it’s not a necessary feature when they include ridiculously fast 80W wired charging and a charging brick in the box.

For those who didn’t take the time to read my review on the OnePlus 11, just know that I called it a problem that they omitted wireless charging, mostly because every other phone now has it and it messed up my daily schedule of using it while a phone slept all day. To trickle the charger overnight before setting it to a wireless charger. While not completely end-of-the-world stuff, it was a bit annoying to find 20-30 minutes in the middle of the day to plug in the phone instead of waking up with the phone 100% charged every morning. Small and sturdy USB cord with OnePlus outlet.

But just so we’re clear, I still say it wasn’t a dealbreaker that would make you skip the OnePlus 11. Its wired charging is so fast that you only need a few minutes of plugging in here or there to get enough. Back to the battery.

And if you’re not around in 2018, I actually called wireless charging overrated when OnePlus took a bunch of sh*t to pull it out of the OnePlus 6. The former opinion still holds up a lot. Wireless charging is actually dumb, except at night when you’re sleeping – and that’s the only way I use it (and in a car, which I’m told is a good idea).

Of course, Samsung and Google have wireless charging on all their best phones, including the Galaxy S23+ that I received for review. I’m back to easily charging my Pixel on the stand at night and waking up to 100% battery. Everything is back to normal after OnePlus messed with my world.

But I’m still not entirely sure where I stand on this. Should I skip the Pixel 8 without wireless charging? I don’t think so as the software and camera quality will probably outweigh the convenience of night time wireless charging. I’d probably be open to adjusting my charging life to get what I want, even if that means wireless charging. If this Galaxy S23+ doesn’t have that, I probably wouldn’t even call it a dealbreaker.

For me, I think wireless charging is a great bonus feature that could add some value, but there are more important items in a phone than being able to trickle charge my device at night or in the car.

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