To add to the big news of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat launch, Google is also offering some accessories for the Nexus 5 to help protect and charge your new smartphone.
The first accessory is a new bumper case which isn’t really a bumper case. Unlike the old bumper case for the Nexus 4 which only covered the sides and left the back open to the elements, this bumper case covers the back and sides, and is made of a hard outer shell with a soft rubber lining.
The bumper case weighs 19 grams, and is said to fit the Nexus 5 “perfectly”. It comes in black, grey, red and yellow and is priced at $34.99. It’s said to be coming soon with no release date just yet.
The second accessory is a Quick cover case from LG for the Nexus 5, and is basically the bumper case with a flap attached to it in order to protect the screen. Think Samsung’s flip cover, but for the Nexus 5. It comes in black and white, weighs 39 grams, and is priced at $49.99 (ouch!). It’s also labelled as coming soon.
The final accessory won’t be limited to just the Nexus 5. It’s a new Qi wireless charger which is said to work with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), but we are pretty sure it’ll work with any Qi-wireless charging supported device like the Nexus 4.
Image credit: The Verge
According to The Verge, the wireless charger is shaped like an upside down trapezoid, and allow the user to lay their device flat on the charger like a table. It also features magnets to allow the device to stick to the charger so that it doesn’t slide off of the surface easily and to ensure that the device will stay connected to the charger.
While Google says the charger works with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), it should be able to work with other Qi-supported devices, they just won't stick to the charger.
This is probably the reason why Google says it’ll only work with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013), since they feature the magnets necessary to stick onto the charger, but other Qi-supported devices should be able to use the charger, they just won’t be able to stick onto it.
Google says that the charger should be available to purchase on the Google Play Store today, but so far it hasn’t appeared on the Play Store yet. No official word on the price, but considering the pricing of the cases, don’t expect it to come cheap.
The cases are available in all of the countries where the Nexus 5 is listed on the Play Store and we’ll update this post with pricing and availability for the charger soon. Head to the source link below if you’d like to purchase a case for your new Nexus 5.
Will you be purchasing any of these accessories or are you sticking to third party accessory makers?
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In Canada, the cases are listed as coming soon since the N5 was there. If they become available later today, will be lame to have to key-in 2 orders with 2 shipping fees …
To answer your question, I’m looking to get the bumper and the wireless charger. But the wireless charger will depend of the price. With the quick covers at a whopping $50, I can’t see how they could justify to sell the wireless charger cheaper than that, sadly.
The Jessie says…
Definitely some breaking bad fans at google.
I can’t order Nexus 5 until Verizon approved. That’s sad.
Actually, I’d rather buy this QI charger: http://amzn.to/1iympe4 It offers more value for a price that might the same as the Nexus charger (or even less, maybe). As for the flip covers, they are sold €39.99 on the French Play Store…
“…..the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013), since they feature the magnets necessary to stick onto the charger….”
I’d be surprised if any mobile maker put magnets int heir device to bugger the magnetometer (digital compass).
the mobiles more likely have the METAL spots needed for the magnets in the charger to be held in place.