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Its alright but not worth the price.
on February 24, 2013
I had a hard time justifying the $50 price for such a simple dock with no extras but I haven't yet found a case or stand that had the aesthetics that I'm looking for. Most add-ons I've come across look cheap, ugly, or don't do anything to improve wire management.
The selling point for this dock is how sleek and clean the tablet looks when docked. The simplicity of the stand along with the matching finish look great! Add to this a USB connection in the back and the result is unquestionably appealing dock for the Nexus 7. It definitely has enough weight to keep from being knocked over and the rubberized material on the bottom works very well to keep the dock from sliding around.
Unfortunately for this product, form is better than function.
The problem with this dock is the pins. For some reason the spring-loaded pogo connectors are just a bit too strong. When I drop the tablet into the dock, it doesn't weigh enough to cancel out the strength of the pins. The connection is often not made or broken as soon as I let go of the tablet. I've gotten into the habit of using both hands when docking - basically putting a bit more downward force on the right side to make sure the pins are pushed down all the way and won't push the tablet back up after release. This is especially irritating when I wake up the next morning to a low or dead battery because I was too sleepy to make sure it connected properly the night before.
The other problem I believe is a software issue so might be fixed in a future OS update. When docking, if I accidentally touch the screen before Daydream takes over (2s to 3s after docking), the tablet will stop charging regardless of the connection and I'll need to reconnect. This is quite annoying since I have set my status bar to hidden (Nova Launcher option) and have no icon to let me know its charging. 2 seconds is more than enough time for me to turn around without double-checking so I've often come back to find the tablet at the same battery level after a couple hours. I know I could add an icon to the homescreen or un-hide the status bar to fix this but it really shouldn't be a problem in the first place... and I like my homescreen layout.
Overall, it looks great but given all of the difficulties with its one purpose - CHARGING - I wouldn't recommend this product if you want a fast and easy charging option. That being said, I am not returning it. The dock simply looks too good and when its working properly, its fantastic.