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HDMI Droid X
So got the HDMI cable on Friday, and in testing I'm kinda disappointed only the Gallery Player (the proprietary one) is the only thing that kicks out the HDMI signal. Which by the way really rocks for playing back pictures, and video does a nice player control on the screen as well to fast forward, etc.. Watched some Empire Strikes back and it was amazing quality..
I was hoping that it would just show the screen no matter what's connected or what I'm looking at.. bummer that it doesn't.. would be cool for showing websites on the TV, etc..
Oh well, maybe 2.2 froyo has it in it..
- 07-12-2010, 03:12 PM #2
- 07-12-2010, 03:22 PM #3
- 07-12-2010, 03:27 PM #4
- 07-12-2010, 03:28 PM #5
- 07-12-2010, 03:28 PM #6
I really don't see the point in the HDMI out. Why would we use that? How often are you going to want to show a phone video to a group of people too large to crowd around the big screen on the X? Why did you take the time to rip Empire from a DVD just to play it on an HD TV when you could have just popped in the DVD?
- 07-12-2010, 03:29 PM #7
- 07-12-2010, 03:33 PM #8
I haven't ripped movies onto DVD's in about 3 or 4 years. It's much more efficient to put them on flash drives and phones that can be reused and don't have to be labelled or anything. Plus, I can put HD content on any of these types on media and output it in HD to my tv. Again, can't be done on a DVD for the most part.
The function isn't a big selling point for me, but it's a feature I, and many others, will use once I spring for a cable.
- 07-12-2010, 03:35 PM #9
- 07-12-2010, 03:35 PM #10
how often do you carry around your Star Wars DVDs? i always have a couple movies loaded on my ipod and i keep the TV out cable in my bag in case i'm in a hotel room and feel like watching a movie. now i can have some HD quality goodness straight from my phone instead of carrying the ipod too
- 07-12-2010, 03:47 PM #12
At home I would have almost no use for HDMI out from a phone. Traveling on the other hand, the feature would come in handy. Problem is how many TVs do you come across with HDMI ports when you're staying in a hotel? I'm poor and most places I stay at have a huge CRT TV circa 1990.
- 07-12-2010, 03:57 PM #13
- 07-12-2010, 04:01 PM #14
It's really a case-by-case basis whether or not people will use it heavily and where they will use it, so it's really not fair to say that no one will use certain features (I'm not saying that you had implied that, however).
- 07-12-2010, 05:22 PM #15
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- 07-12-2010, 05:38 PM #17
Some claim that the blockbuster app will output over HDMI in it's final release, however I haven't seen it demo'd personally.
- 07-12-2010, 05:50 PM #18
My potential uses for HDMI:
When possible (either at home or at a friend's/relative's house) I feel that showing pictures on a TV is a much better option than on a handheld device. Many high end cameras (the DSLRs that are actually there for stills instead of trying to be movie cameras and phones at the same time) have an HDMI out these days, having upgraded from the old RCA video out.
I have my entire DVD collection on a DLNA server as well as PlayOn for Hulu and NetFlix support. Previously I didn't bother with getting TVs for certain rooms since I'd need an XBox 360 or other DLNA-enabled media player with a whole new interface that I didn't want to manage. Now I'm thinking I can just plug the Droid into the TV and watch whatever I want, and how cool is it to have the Droid as a remote that's showing what's on the screen as well as giving the ability to use the control buttons? Now I just need to run an HDMI cable from the TV to wherever the viewing area is.
I'm curious to see if I can hook the Droid up into the projectors at work. If I can run a presentation from the Droid I may not need my laptop. Since most projectors these days have at least a DVI input I have hope that I'd be just a cable away from this.
Recently I was at a party and tried to get a neighbor's PC hooked into their home theater setup. We ended up hooking into the projector behind the room via the VGA cable and then running a long 1/8" extension so we could plug it into a portable radio at the rear of the room because we couldn't reach the audio system. It would have been so much nicer if I could load the video onto the Droid and just plug the HDMI cable into the receiver.
The big question is what will be HDMI-able? I've seen some specific examples of what is, some of what isn't, a generic statement about "non-DRM video" but I'm not sure what the API allows now nor what it can be expanded to in the future. Even if there's no PPT viewer today that can output to HDMI there may be an upgrade as more phones support it.
Would I use HDMI daily? Probably not. Would I use it frequently? Once I add a TV into the bedroom and the exercise room to replace the aging laptops there now, I think I would. For me HDMI was actually the driving factor between the X and the Incredible, I'd like the Incredible's "hackability" but I see a lot more potential in HDMI than I do in getting Gingerbread a few months earlier than Verizon would let me.
- 07-12-2010, 07:44 PM #19
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- 07-13-2010, 07:47 AM #23
I think I'm gonna go for an adapter too. Most people I know with HD TV's, myself included, have a few devices plugged in already. It'll be easier to just take the plug out the back of my XBox and use an adapter than it'd be to have to reach around with a cable every time I wanna plug my phone into a different TV. (This is what i get for wall-mounting my flat screen lol)
- 07-13-2010, 10:40 AM #24
- 07-13-2010, 04:07 PM #25
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Hopefully at some point this will output anything thats on the phone.
This would be a perfect setup for sporting event tailgates. Instead of lugging around your dish/directv satellite dish and receiver, I would just be able to connect to a slingbox and output it to a 30" flatscreen.
That would be sweet.