If you use the smart cord, the Maxx HD recognizes it and goes into desktop/nightstand mode or movie mode, whichever you select. The smart cord uses a mini USB plug that bends at a 90 degree angle. The Maxx HD will go into docked mode anytime you plug that cord in. I have found that one advantage is that you don't have to take the phone out of a protective case to plug it in, like you did with the other docking stations. The flip stand is nice but anything that holds the phone in the desired position would work just as well (search 'small plate stand' on Amazon for example), if you have the smart charger. At this time they don't sell the charger separately.