October 22, 2014

Nexus 7 Case-Compatible Desktop Sync and Charge Cradle review

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Nexus 7 owners looking to give their beloved Android a slightly more permanent spot in the office or home may want to check out the Nexus 7 Case-Compatible Desktop Sync and Charge Cradle from MobileFun.com.

It’s worth noting that this is not the official Asus product and does not employ any of the connectors along the left side of the Nexus 7. No, this one uses the microUSB port from the bottom of your tablet.  With that out of the way, let’s dive in.

The cradle itself is almost entirely plastic and provides a very light experience that can be moved about quite easily. Unfortunately, this is also presents an issue when removing the tablet. Seeing as it is not all that heavy, it takes two hands to undock the Nexus 7 from the microUSB port. Yeah, it’s a tight connection.

kidigi_nexus_7_liveWe did appreciate that we could dock our tablet in the cradle even when wearing some Nexus 7 cases. If you have a gel skin, screen protector, or something similar then chances are decent that it will work nicely. Simply pop in (or out) the collar and you’re all set.

Given the natural way we tend to hold the Nexus 7, we were glad to dock the tablet in an “upright” position. Setting the cradle on the office desk, it uses very little space yet adds a new layer of productivity to our work day. Not only do you get the convenience of having your tablet nearby but you also get to charge that thing up.

Seeing as how the Nexus 7 runs Android 4.2 and can now offer Daydream mode, we were anxious to see how this worked on the Desktop Sync and Charge Cradle. Sadly, it amounts to the same experience as simply plugging in the charging cable. That said, you can still have Daydream mode enabled when on charge. If this is the primary way of charging your Nexus 7 then it will be quite a cool experience on the nightstand, counter top, or desk.

You’ll find that although the press images show no branding across the cradle, it does actually bear “KiDiGi” on the face. It’s not very big and really not a bother, but it’s worth pointing out.

What We Liked:

  • Appreciate being able to dock the Nexus 7 upright
  • Often works even when tablet is protected by a case
  • Rubber feet keeps it in place on desk or nightstand

Room for Improvement:

  • Would like it to be heavier; pulling out requires two hands
  • Cannot “tell” the tablet to go into Daydream mode as it’s not a true dock

Where to Buy:

 

MobileFun.com offers the Nexus 7 Case-Compatible Desktop Sync and Charge Cradle for $26.99.  While you are there, be sure to check out the entire line of Nexus 7-related products, it’s pretty extensive.

Amazon.com offers a whole range of products from KiDiGi so check to see if there is something for your Android device!