Edited by technisol at 11-27-2016 21:31 |
I'd put the screen protector on and get a case or stand and a bluetooth keyboard... at least that is what I did.
There is a fair amount of evidence, or at least multiple user accounts, to support the notion that there is a bug somewhere in the mix that can throw the Hi12 into an unknown power state when powering down the tablet and then closing it onto the attached keyboard unit too soon.(I imagine before the power down sequence completes the tablet is instead entering a sleep mode.) I have had it happen to me twice, in both cases the tablet seemed to stay in a sleep mode draining the battery, but was unresponsive to normal power up by the button. The first time around it completely drained the tablet battery and took me nearly 45 minutes while charging to get it to restart after countless button press and button sequence attempts. The second time it drained the battery about a third and restarted with the button sequence 10 seconds hold, 3 short presses... The first time it happened, I really thought I had a brick. Worst experience I've had in quite a while.
I like the keyboard well enough, not a big fan of the trackpad operation, but with the battery drain issue, the problem of having two tempered glass screen protectors get cracked by the abrupt final snap of the hinge mechanism as the tablet closes onto the keyboard, and the extra weight to drag it around, I just can't justify it. I use a bluetooth keyboard and have had no further power drain issues. Both times I did, the keyboard/dock had been connected...
If you can live with the extra weight and have enough self-discipline and the ability to never allow yourself to be distracted while shutting it down, you might get away without the screen protector while using the keyboard as long as you remember to always give it a while after shut down before folding the tablet down onto the keyboard. I also went for the tempered glass screen protector because I use the pen and read the built-in glass was not quite up to pen use without scratching -no proof offered, but better safe than sorry.