All-New Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 (Compatible with 7th and 8th Generation Tablets – 2017 and 2018 Releases)
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- Transform your tablet to an immersive, full-screen Alexa experience optimized for visibility across the room. Just ask Alexa to show trending news, timers and alarms, movie showtimes, weather, and more.
- Dock your tablet to automatically switch to Show Mode. Enjoy movies, TV shows, books, apps, and games while your tablet is docked—or pick it up to take your entertainment on the go.
- Now you can ask Alexa to start a hands-free video or voice call while your tablet is docked, then pick it up to take the call with you. (Fire tablets currently do not support incoming Drop In requests or Announcements.)
- Stream music from Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio and listen to audiobooks from Audible. Just ask Alexa to play a song, artist, or genre, see lyrics with Amazon Music.
- For richer sound, connect your tablet to external speakers via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm audio cable.
- Attach the case to your Fire HD 8 tablet and magnetically dock to the adjustable stand for convenient charging.
- Small enough to place on a kitchen counter, nightstand, or desk.
- Includes a case, adjustable stand, power adapter, and USB cable. Show Mode Charging Dock is compatible with 7th and 8th generation (2017 and 2018 releases) Fire HD 8 tablets, and will not work with 6th generation tablets or prior.
Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8
8.6” x 5.3” x 0.9” (219 x 134 x 23 mm)
16.1 oz. (457 g)
Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 (case and stand), 1.5m USB 2.0 charging cable, Amazon 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide
Fire HD 8 (7th generation) tablet. Show Mode Dock for Fire HD 8 is not compatible with prior generations of Fire tablets.
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90-day Limited Warranty and service included.
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Cons:How not to make a case. The back is completely smooth.It will slide away on smooth and/or polished surfaces that have more than 10-15 degrees of slope. It doesn't have a cover It's also a little more challenging to hold onto with one hand. The Amazon tablet case doesn't slide away, AND HAS A COVER!
Amazon, it actually hurts me to ask this question. Why didn't you add the power circuit and magnets to the existing case, as an upgraded tablet case? You could leave the cover closed, or flip it over the back of the dock.
Update 8/13: I will change back to the tablet case and cover when it leaves the house with me. It's annoying, but I like having the cover.
Update 11/9/2018: I got tired of switching cases. This is now sitting in a corner gathering dust. I'm hanging on to it for now, just in case Amazon releases a charging case with a cover.
But, if you are like me and own several Echo devices that you use in an integrated fashion, I dare say you will not be pleased. My Echo devices can't see, much less interact with the Fire HD tablet in show mode. The developers have set it up so that it can see and interact with my Echo devices as part of the illusion, but my Echo devices cannot see or interact with it. I regularly use the multi-room audio function for whole house music listening. The drop-in feature is also one that I use often. This bundle (Fire HD 10 + Show Mode Dock) was purchased to be an integral part of my Alexa ecosystem. It cannot function in that capacity because it never really transitions from a tablet to an Echo device. Again, it's all an illusion. I am very disappointed with this product, not because of some technical failure. But because Amazon should have done a better job of telling us what this product's limitations were. Full disclosure would have helped me make a better purchasing decision. Had I known, I would not have purchased this product or the tablet.
Let me add however, that the bundle(Fire Hd + Dock) has tremendous potential for Echo users if Amazon wishes it so. This hybrid solution can work if a software fix is developed to bridge the integration gap between Echo devices and this unit. The video images from the device are outstanding and the form factor (aesthetic design) is exactly what I want my Echo Show to look like. I have until about the first week in August to return this product. If Amazon has the ability and will to make what I think are appropriate adjustments to this product in that time frame, I for one will enthusiastically embrace it (I'll keep it). If not, I will return this product along with the tablet and wait until a fix is developed or Amazon releases a dedicated 10 inch hopefully flat panel Echo Show.
Cons: You CAN'T dock the Fire and leave the screen on full time. 30min is the limit. This is really stupid because the charging station is supposed to charge while using the unit. There is NO reasonable explanation from Amazon support staff as to why this option was REMOVED on the newest units.
- The display is very dim even on the highest settings
- Amz support is clueless and keeps bouncing me around their group to answer even the simplest questions - they even had the FIRE TV support group call me then transfer me to a dead line! REALLY? Then, they even quoted old and outdated support information that is not associated with the product I purchased from them!
- I will probably use the tablet more as I probably won't forget to charge it now.
- Magnets are used to help you slide the tablet into the correct position for charging.
- Since the tablet has its own battery, I may use it as an alarm clock now. Hopefully, the alarm works without an internet connection.
- The dock is expensive.
- The dock is not required in order to use a compatible tablet as an Echo.
- Because the audio from the Fire HD 10 is so tiny, you probably should still consider the Echo Show over the tablet and dock.
- The charge case included with the dock doesn't protect the tablet screen.
If good audio is a part of your use case, don't buy the tablet and dock as an alternative to the Echo Show.
If you plan to use the tablet and dock as a big screen Echo, check the other reviews for all of the current limitations when using a tablet as an Echo.
If you already have a compatible Amazon tablet and want to enhance it with a slightly over-priced charging dock, then the dock works well for this use case.