This little lantern shines! Plenty bright for lighting up the area around a campfire, and small enough not to leave behind, I haven't used the charging function all that much, but it seems to work fine in a pinch. Just remember every minute charging your phone is a minute you may not have light.
I like the built-in cable for charging, however, my only concern is that if this cable is ever damaged or torn there is no other way to charge the lantern ( i.e micro USB port). A small concern sure, but a real possibility. The ability to turn on one side of the lantern is very nice to keep the light off your tentmate during a late night emergency bathroom outing, or when reading in your sleeping bag. it also helps save a lot of energy. I probably wouldn't take this backpacking with me, as it is just a little bulky for foot travel. But if you are a van glamper or desert dirtbag that just needs a good light for setting up camp at 10 o'clock at night after a long day fishing/climbing/rafting/base-jumping - than this thing rocks.