5 accessories to connect a smartphone or tablet to your TV
It also offers web browsing, some LG apps, and streams Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Vudu, Cinema Now, MLB, MOG, Napster, Pandora, NHL, YouTube plus some more with the latest firmware upgrade.
The best part is that unlike HTC's Media Link offerings, it seems to work with any streaming device, and is just around $50 to boot. LG said it will issue a new version this year, with this one being discontinued, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for the improvements, and enjoy the low price in the meantime.
Apple's own Digital AV Adapter is the missing link between your iPhone or iPad, and the HDMI cable that leads to your TV. It supports 1080p and, unlike the cheaper $20 alternatives, allows you to charge and sync the device as well, which might be important during a presentation.
Granted, it still requires the cable snake, but you can't beat hooking up your Galaxy S II or S III, HTC One X or One S, etc., to the largest screen in the house for 10 bucks. Of course, if your phone has an HDMI port, like a lot of Sony and LG handsets, you can just buy a cheapo microHDMI-to-HDMI cable for $5 and call it a day.
5. ViewHD Two Input HDMI to RGB Component YPbPr / VGA 2x1 Switch Converter Support 5.1CH Surround Sound ($80)
Touted by the manufacturer as "The World Most Powerful HDCP Deciphering Converter Ever, Supports Older None HDCP Compliant TVs", the ViewHD converter box also works with Apple TV 2, making streaming from your iOS device to your aging but trusty TV unit a possibility.