Does the hardwired one provide more power & faster charging? Where do you hardwire it in to? Was looking at getting the cig lighter version but trying to figure out why the hardwire one would be that much better.looks like there are 2 types right now, one using the 12v cig lighter, the other one you have to hardwire in (which obviously is better). The plug-in version is about $95 from ali, the hardwire version is $70 shipped via aliexpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/329...chweb0_0,searchweb201602_8,searchweb201603_52
2 brands only, probably from the same factory in China. My only problem with either solution is you can't see google maps when the phone's flat on the console...
You're correct. Until I can leave my phone in my pocket and have it charge from my body heat, nothing is truly "wireless". Connectors and cables wear out from frequent use. Setting a device down on a charging pad does not. I personally don't use Android Auto very often, so simply charging my phone, this is a better solution. 9/10 when I do use Android Auto, I forget my phone in the car because it is out of sight.I don't understand. What's "wireless" about having to plug a "wireless" charger into the cigarette lighter? Aren't you just trading a wire from your phone to a wire from your charger? Also, it must look like crap. The hardwire option seems like even more of a trade-off. Where do you put your coffee?
Also, Android Auto puts google maps on your 9" screen, so why would you need to see it on your phone? You shouldn't need access to your phone while you are driving, that's why plugging it in and stowing it out of sight is the better option. The only improvement I would ask for is fast-charging capability.
I have a wireless charger built in to my desk lamp, and it makes sense because I can quickly pick up my phone when it rings. But, in the car it's all hands-free already.