Last year's and brought along with them new faster wireless charging tech, but that also required a charging pad that was able to output enough power to make it all happen. Samsung's was a pretty solid improvement over the previous standard-speed model, but we weren't surprised when Samsung with the launch of the .
This new "stand" style fast wireless charger has a new look, and definitely takes up a little more room, but has a few advantages over what was previously your only fast wireless charging choice. Here's a look at Samsung's Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand.
If you've used or even seen Samsung's previous iteration of the fast wireless charger, you'll be well on your way to knowing what this new stand-up version is like. Samsung took the same basic design and shape of the old version and tilted it upwards to about a 65-degree angle with a round base below. The base serves as a sturdy platform, though it isn't quite as sleek as you'd expect considering how thick the rest of the charging pad portion still is. At the very bottom there's a tiny shelf for your phone to sit on, coated in some rubber to help fight slippage.
Samsung seems to position the charger as being designed to hold your phone vertically to charge, though a pretty good portion of a larger phone — like the Galaxy Note 5 or — sticks out above the charger and is susceptible to tipping over if the table it's on is bumped. To keep things sturdier, you can place the phone on its side, where it still charges just fine and is much more stable.
Though the stand-up style of charger takes up a bit more room, it sure makes getting your phone positioned properly on the charger a lot easier. Whereas the flat models are quite easy to misalign a phone on, there's no mistaking where your phone will go here — just place it on the shelf at the bottom, and you're going to be covered. It's something that other charger manufacturers have figured out, and it's good to see Samsung take a swing at the style as well.
Combine the easier positioning with the subtle improvements in the charging status LED, while also keeping the same fast wireless charging tech inside, and this is quite easily the best wireless charger that Samsung has ever made. And while it doesn't offer as many benefits to someone who won't be charging up a modern Galaxy phone, it is definitely a better choice if you do have one of Samsung's latest phones