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what can we do with our micro HDMI out? considering now that cables are cheaper

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tracerit, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. tracerit

    tracerit Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    with Micro HDMI cables going for ~$5 shipped on ebay, I'm wondering if there's a point to getting one. I think i read that you can't use the monitor as a display, you can only view certain apps on the screen?

  2. Fubie

    Fubie Well-Known Member

    As several of us tried to point out, there were cheap cables available at (and before) that price for the EVO launch. My problem is that the EVO isn't compatible with all/most/some HDMI capable TV's. Including my Sanyo.
  3. tracerit

    tracerit Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    from what I recall, at the time around the EVO launch, there were only one or two retailers selling them for around $13 plus for the cable.

    you're right, there was also an issue with the EVO recognizing certain TV sets. I have a Samsung, they're a big enough LCD TV manufacturer, hopefully it'll work?

    GODHOOD Newbie

    I find that the HDMI cable is loose when it's connected to the HDMI port on the Evo.
  5. cupcake9999

    cupcake9999 Lurker

    I have used the HDMI out feature on 4 different TVs now and they all work fine (Westinghouse, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sharp. My guess is many people are having problems becuase of cheap cables.
  6. eric3316

    eric3316 Android Enthusiast

    You can swing the cable round and round over your head and make believe you are a cowboy who owns an EVO.........Much better use then what tha cable actually does when hooked up to the TV.

    I will tell you something HTC says you can't do with your EVO because of the cable. They won't fix our phones to go over 30fps because of that dumb feature!
  7. Vicdude

    Vicdude Android Enthusiast

    I don't see the point in connecting your phone to the TV? Am I missing something?
  8. I watch shows from you tube on mine. The quality is far from high def but it fills its niche. Works on both my Samsungs BTW.
  9. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    doesn't work on my sharp...haven't tried it on the mitsubishi yet. prolly going to just take the $20 cable back to fry's
  10. Youtube, videos, and pictures can all be put on the tv.
  11. graham53

    graham53 Lurker

    can we use micro-USB to composite TV-Out cable after 2.2?
    Plug it into my car???
  12. no thats only for the incredible
  13. Vicdude

    Vicdude Android Enthusiast

    I get that but given the size and quality of the screens these days on the phone, can you actually be bothered to fish out the cable, plug it into the TV or monitor, plug in the phone, select the task and then sit there pressing the buttons on the phone or swiping the screen anyway.
    Isn't it just easier to fire up the browser or gallery and just pass the phone to whoever you want to look at the content ;)
    I suppose It would be kind of cool to do a slide show after a day of taking photos maybe, to your friends or someone that wasn't there, but you'd still need to set it all up.
    I think it's more novelty than anything else and I don't think that the pay off is worth the investment of messing around with cables.
    The days of wireless HDMI are required before it's interesting lol :D
  14. I've used mine a few times at family get-togethers. With 10 plus people, its way easier to just hook up to a big screen, rather than handing it around.

    It's really not that hard to "set up". Plug cable into phone and tv, turn tv on, open galery in phone, hit slideshow.
  15. Vicdude

    Vicdude Android Enthusiast

    That's what I mean, group shows then yes I agree, it's a valid, novelty but other than that, what else. I suppose it comes down to circumstance. Personally I'm never that far away from a PC or laptop that i'd seriously need to watch a you tube video on my phone. I might watch it as a result of receiving a link or watching an embedded video in facebook for example while sat in my car or waiting around.
    If I'm at home or work, i'll use a PC or Laptop to surf, maybe the phone during adverts if i can't be bothered to move lol :D
    I tend to store my pictures online so generally, if I fancy looking at pictures on the TV, I'll log in with the media PC and do it that way. I don't think I'd ever really need to connect my phone to TV.
    On the work front, i suppose if there is a compatible TV around and you wanted to show a group a photo then it might be worth it. A policeman showing the details of a traffic accident to colleagues maybe, i don't know, i'm clutching at straws here as to the point :D
  16. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    I love monoprice. If you're paying more for cables, you're getting ripped off.

    here's the thing with digital signals: either your cable can transmit them, or it can't. There's no such thing as a "low quality" cable if it works. There's no degrees of quality, because either the receiving device is getting the 1's and 0's, or it's not.

    I've been using monoprice cables for years, and they all still work.

    For those people who can't get their phones working with their model TV, have you tried changing the display resolution on your phone?

    On 2.2:

    Settings > Display > Display Resolution

    There are 3 options:
    Automatic (default)

    Try 720p or 480p. Any HDTV should be able to handle those. Not sure what Automatic means. full resolution of the TV? native resolution of the evo? no clue.
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  17. J03

    J03 Android Enthusiast

    That's a common misconception. The device can lose some of the 1's and 0's and show artifacts or completely lose the picture.

    I'm not saying that its justification for monster cable but consider it when buying a long hdmi. For lengths over 15' you would be hard pressed to find a cable under 22awg (and I wouldn't trust it). Under 15' and pretty much any cable should do just fine. You are looking at ~$1 per foot on monoprice for 22awg "professional" high speed HDMI cables.

    Oh yea, and to get back on topic, I guess slide shows are the only thing I would use micro hdmi out for. I haven't bought a cable yet because my TV is connected to my laptop anyway so I find it easier to just load up the photos or run youtube on my laptop.
  18. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

    Definitely, but then you'd see the artifacts quite clearly and know that the cable is not working. Assuming there's nothing wrong with your image, there's no difference in image quality between a cheap cable or an expensive cable.

    And yes, longer cables are more prone to weakening signal, but typically making a proper long cable to prevent signal loss does not require lots more cost.
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