Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

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Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

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Last month I wrote a preview of the Prong PocketPlug, an iPhone case that can plug right into a wall socket. In other words, no more carrying around an AC adapter and charge cable.

I liked the idea, but had a few concerns. Now that I’ve had a few days to test-plug the PocketPlug, I can safely say that my concerns were justified. In my opinion this is not a good product.

Make no mistake, it works as advertised. Once you’ve docked your iPhone inside the two-piece plastic housing (which does provide a lot of protection), you simply fold out the two prongs from the back of the case, then plug it into an outlet. Presto, the power flows.

The case also routes speaker audio forward, which is nice for listening to music, playing games, or watching videos while holding the phone. If it’s sitting on a flat surface, however, there’s little noticeable difference.

So what’s the problem? For starters, the PocketPlug is huge. It more than doubles the thickness of my iPhone 4S and adds a good half-inch to the length. That would be more forgivable if it included a supplemental battery, same as most cases of this size and shape. But it doesn’t — not in this iteration, anyway. So u… [Read more]

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery


Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

 

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

 

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

 

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

 

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

Prong PocketPlug hands-on: The case of the missing battery

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