Apple iPad 2 Digital AV Adapter Demonstration
As much as it would’ve been nice to see an HDMI port built into the iPad 2, the optional adapter is still nonetheless not all that obtrusive – although it does seem to just dangle on there. Regardless, you basically connect your standard HDMI cable to the adapter, and from there, it’ll output the iPad 2’s display onto the big screen. So whether you're holding the tablet in portrait or landscape, it’ll mimic every action to the teeth with almost very minimal evidence of lag.
Obviously, you can do just about anything on the iPad 2 as it keeps up in displaying all your actions on the big screen. From navigating between the homescreens to browsing a complex web site, it’s effortlessly accomplished and really shows the added functionality that is experienced by using the adapter. Furthermore, we’re able to even play videos and music stored on our iPad 2 through our television.
Interestingly enough, the biggest use for the adapter in our opinion comes in the gaming department since you can basically rely on the iPad 2 to act as the gameplay controls – while viewing your actions on your television set. Without a doubt, there are some interesting things that developers will be able to concoct at this point in getting the most out of the adapter’s usage. Even more, we were able to comfortably place a FaceTime call while sitting back on our couch as we relied on chatting it up with friends on our television.
So for only $39, it’s almost a no-brainer in picking it up – albeit, it’d be beneficial to have a lengthy HDMI cable on hand if you want to sit back far enough from your television. Well, that’s unless you can tolerate being up close and personal instead.
1. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Another tick tack to add on the jack the price up. Rip of non standard apple. Another scam....
2. PatrickY (unregistered)
This dongle is a nuisance. The beauty of iPad is mobile, yet I am tied down by the cable to the diplay. Why can't Apple, for all their might and fat margin, give us a native WiDi interface like some of the newer Wintel notebook PC. With all OEMs failing to innovate, Apple should how the light and provide a vision. In contrast, with 60Billion in the bank, Apple simply chooses to fool us consumers to believe that they are more innovative, keep their VP and GM richly rewarded while we consumers keep thinking that Apple is giving me all the innovation of the world. What a joke!
3. Ed (unregistered)
"As much as it would’ve been nice to see an HDMI port built into the iPad 2, the optional adapter is still nonetheless not all that obtrusive – although it does seem to just dangle on there."
It would be interesting to see a review of a similar dongle for a device from another manufacturer. I'm pretty sure in that case it would've been a nuisance, an extra thing to carry and what not. I really want to figure out how this Apple reality field distortion happens. Do they actually pay bloggers or you somehow feel what Apple does is superior and genius even when the exact same thing by another manufacturer would be a deal breaker?
4. kool jerk (unregistered)
Totally agree with ed. The zoom does the same thing and with ease. But nobody sat down and explained how great the zoom was in this department. What a shame because people need a choice when it comes to a device. The zoom is.still better but nobody in the blog community will admit that.
5. jroc74 (Posts: 3624; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
In a way I'm curious as to why Apple didnt just add an HDMI out to the iPad 2.
On the other hand, since the adapter works with the iPad 1 and iPhone 4, I think the adapter was a good idea. It also goes against the notion that Apple leaves features out on purpose. They coulda just added HDMI to the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 and gave folks another reason to want to upgrade.
6. johnblair7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Mar 2011)
If its so great for apple to provide HDMI out via an optional, relatively expensive adaptor. How amazing is it for Nokia to provide HDMI out with the same features on the N8 and throw in the short adaptor cable required?