Top positive review
Almost a great product
23 November 2018
This is so close to being a great product. On the plus side the clip-on cover is easy the attach and remove from the tablet and once fitted adds little weight or size so the increase in bulk is hardly noticeable.
The show mode is an interesting addition which, allied to the charger, provides a sensible and useful place to store the Fire and gives you the bonus of adding an Echo Show to the features for free. The stand allows you to position the screen for watching TV or movies, as a bedside radio alarm clock or for typing.
The real bonus though is its primary use as a charging dock allowing you to use the Fire anywhere and then recharge it without plugging and unplugging the lead.
I have an ancient Kindle, but age now demands a brighter screen, hence the Fire, but in all these years have never had a problem with the mini USB, although some people obviously have so the doc solves that problem. In theory, once plugged in, it never has to be plugged in or out again, and for some people, no doubt, that is how it will be used.
Using the dock as a holder, of course, also means that the Fire is pretty well always fully charged and ready for use.
I said it is almost a good product though, and I think it has one failing. The unit only protects the rear of the Fire. The clip-on cover gives no protection to the screen and the addition of a protective hinged flap to cover the front when the fire is not in the dock, perhaps when it is being carried in a handbag or rucksack for instance, would be useful.
I am not a lover of screen protectors. They are a nightmare to get completely flat or without bubbles, soon look grubby around the edges and are a pain to remove completely and clean up the screen if you decide to replace them. I much prefer a case which is where the problem arises with the docking station.
As it is, having to take the Fire out of its docking holder and fit it in a protective case then reverse the process for charging if you want to use the dock seems a somewhat long winded approach and means the mini USB connector and the socket get much more usage.
Leave the Fire in the protective case and it can't be docked so you don't really need the docking station, just use the charging lead supplied. Leave the Fire in the docking case and it means you can use the docking station but the screen is unprotected, so there is a dilemma.
As an update I have discovered that Casebot have an Origami Sleeve Case which will take a Fire 8 HD with or without the show mode charging dock which solves the problem, but at a price, £31.99. The case also serves as a stand for viewing.
The charging dock makes life easy and is very much a worthwhile product but If the protection problem could be overcome at a reasonable price, it would be an excellent product. As it is I would still recommend it, but with reservations about screen protection.