Chromecast and other accessories for connecting your phone or tablet to the TV review
There are streaming hubs and dongles for the wireless part, in case you don't have a DLNA-capable TV, and adapters for almost any kind of port for the wired way, including for older TV sets without an HDMI input, so check out a few of them in our slideshow below to know what you are in for when considering a TV hookup on the cheap.
Accessories to connect a smartphone or tablet to your TV
Now that there is a workaround for that which lets you drag and drop your video in a Chrome tab and cast it over to your TV, the Chromecast dongle is the easiest and cheapest way to connect your phone or tablet to the TV - all you need is an HDMI port.
You can hook it up to your TV via the HDMI port, and, as we are used to from Samsung's smart television sets, it supports multiple video formats for streaming from your Galaxy or other devices in 1080 Full HD definition.
Currently on sale in Japan for the equivalent of $300, the Personal Content Station should give Samsung's HomeSync box a run for its money.
It also offers web browsing, some LG apps, and streams Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Cinema Now, MLB, MOG, Napster, Pandora, NHL, and 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 around $70 or less to boot.
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 MHL-equipped mobile device 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.
1. yousef8824 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
the archos tv connect is a tablet without a screen
2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1389; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Totally didn't know about Acrhos's product. I think it's really cool. Should have looked into it before I ordered my Chromecast
3. thachlel (Posts: 75; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
Can my phone or tablet screen off while casting YouTube to tv?
5. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
My favorite feature so far on Chromecast is that I have been able to listen to music on websites and play local music and videos. Chrome needs to be updated to play more video formats but some did work. If Chrome can do that then I will never need to be wired to the TV with my laptop again.
6. Genersis (Posts: 203; Member since: 29 May 2013)
*Sigh* Why is it so hard to find a decent device for connecting a phone to a TV via DLNA?
7. MAXXtreme007 (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
"Can't be Apple TV if you've invested into the Apple ecosystem..."
Actually yes you can. And for only $14.99! AirServer
Just found an app you can install on your Mac or PC called AirServer. It's a program that enables AirPlay from your iOS device to your computer over the same wifi network. It works great for me (I use an iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to connect to my MacBook Pro). Further more, so many people connect their computer into the TV anyway, so you can mirror your iOS device to your computer and therefore your TV. Works flawlessly for me (even with my slow Internet) and it only costs $14.99 (plus a 7 day free trial). Great investment if you ask me.