Samsung put the last screw in the case that contained the charger

Samsung put the last screw in the case that contained the charger

There was a time I was going to encounter a gadget maker for daring to charge a phone without a charger.

That time was yesterday. Then, Apple came up with the idea Apple with its distinguished speech on preserving the environment while continuing to produce a range of Proprietary cables And the Wireless chargers, One of them It requires you to purchase a new energy brick In any case.

Samsung does not have these problems. It’s been all in USB-C and the Qi Wireless standard for years, and you can use it Which Like this cable and Which Charger from any reputable manufacturer for packing your Samsung phone. Heck, these same universal cables and chargers work for laptops and tablets too: you can use your MacBook or iPad charger to charge a new Samsung phone, as long as it’s modern enough to use the universal port.

Even if you want a new charger, you might not buy it from Samsung these days; While it’s good that she lowered the price of her standalone USB-C charger from $ 35 to $ 20 to celebrate the occasion, companies like Anker and HyperJuice / Sanho are making a small but powerful company. Gallium nitride (GaN) Chargers that you can fit in any bag, let alone that Play those the size of playing cards With enough power and outlets to charge a laptop, phone and tablet simultaneously.

Left: Old man and written. Right: New temperature.
Photography by Shawn Hollister / The Verge

I bought two of these, and am good at chargers for the foreseeable future. Right now, most of the power brick that comes with a tool is just a piece of waste, something I’ll either need to recycle or try to mortgage a friend.

It wasn’t always like this. I remember being grateful for the Samsung chargers that came with my Galaxy S6 and S7 because they were the best on the market – do you remember those right-angled, tapering wall warts that got ridiculously stuck?

They also happen to be powerful adaptive fast chargers that work perfectly with a lot of devices, whether or not they need fast charging. Motorola’s TurboPower Charger was also good as I recall, but it only came with the company’s most expensive phones, and early USB-C versions had a fixed (non-detachable) cable.

There are still some arguments that make smartphone companies keep bundling energy bricks with their new devices, such as how there will always be some people who have never owned a phone before and won’t have a charger. Many will also indicate that these companies are doing this for selfish reasons – still charging you the same or more for the phone while giving you less value in the box. (It’s fun to get rid of it Duplication of these companies, Too.) But like my colleague Dieter He said succinctly last June, I don’t care: let’s get rid of 300,000 tons of e-waste and help the world’s remaining new USB-C smartphone buyers get their chargers elsewhere.

With Samsung, XiaomiAnd Apple ditched the charger, effectively it ended up no matter how you feel. According to market share, They are the # 1, 3, and 4 brands, respectively, and they account for nearly half of all smartphone shipments in the world, and in the United States, A duopoly of Samsung and Apple for years. But most importantly, the world of smartphones has long gone where Apple and Samsung are leading. The bundled phone power brick is dead.

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