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  1. Kepler

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    Is it possible to connect my Galaxy Nexus to our smart TV (a Sony Bravia) and, if so, how?
     

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  2. Tim K

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    Connect it how / for what? If you'd like to basically use your TV as a second monitor for your phone or to display pictures or videos on the big screen..... yes. You need to buy a micro USB to HDMI adapter. You can get them at amazon for < $10.

    There are no ways to wirelessly connect your phone to your tv at this time.
     
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    miracast wont work?
     
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    I'm not sure what your looking for exactly, but take a look at iMediashare. It allows you to watch your videos or pictures plus things like YouTube. Its really nice. I use the free version with my Samsung smart TV. Like the other poster suggested, I watch Netflix and movies via mhl adapter. It works good.
     
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    Thanks for the reply and apologies for the vagueness - I've only just found out that smart phones can be connected to TVs and it sounded interesting.

    And, yes, using the TV as a second monitor does have an appeal - I wonder what 32inch Angry Birds is like! :). But is it really this simple? Juts buy a suitable cable (which also seem cheap in the UK), connect one end to the phone, the other end to a HDMI port on the TV and off I go?

    The one thing that worries me is possible damage to the mini USB port. I've always been wary of their mechanical strength and I'm guessing that the cable is more the size and stiffness of a normal HDMI cable rather than a normal USB cable. How much damage could the bending moment of the cable do to the USB port with prolonged use and handling of the phone?
     
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    Its basically a "dongle". You plug it into the USB port and connect an HDMI cable from the dongle to your TV. The only other thing is that you need to plug the dongle into a power adapter because it must be powered (micro USB same as your phone). Also, there is no way to power your phone while its connected so you better have a full battery if you plan on using it for a long time.

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    I don't think its enabled on the Galaxy Nexus yet, and I don't know how many current TVs support it at this time either. Possibly in the future, but as of now I think its a NO.
     
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    I know Skifta is great for DLNA streaming via wifi to your smart TV... I do it myself. But as far as live mirroring the Nexus screen on the TV? That'd be a trick I'd love to learn to do.
     
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    Yes, should have 1A amperage says the MHL's specs.
    I was used to use the USB port of my TV as power supply for the MHL adapter ... then recently I saw the specs printed on the MHL adater, now I use my phone's 1A charger :D

    I think it's because the phone get charged too.

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    I am pretty sure that the phone doesn't charge while the MHL adapter is plugged in. Its kind of annoying, not that I've ever streamed video to me my for more than 5 minutes anyway. If you were trying to push a movie over Netflix it could be an issue.
     
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