Is HTC's AirPlay solution for the One series a value-add?
16 August 2012
Summary: The Media Link HD gets a lot of things right: it’s portable, extremely easy to set up, and often does what you ask. Unfortunately, it just doesn't do its job very well. There are lots of rules that you’ll need to remember — far too many for a device that should in theory just magically put whatever is on your phone onto your big TV screen.
Pros: Small, portable design, Very simple and fast setup, Works with YouTube
Cons: Unreliable video playback, No 1080p, Only works with One X, One S, Evo 4G LTE, Droid Incredible 4G LTE, Poor third-party app performance
Excerpt: HTC's Media Link HD is a great idea. Now HTC just needs to make it work. Today's smartphones are powerful video players, but it's usually too difficult to get that video onto a big screen. Apple leads the way with AirPlay, although that requires the gigantic $99 dongle known as the Apple TV (4 stars).
Excerpt: The HTC Media Link is a tiny box with two small outputs. What it does is fairly magical and quite cool. Plugging it together is simple enough. A familiar miniUSB charging plug goes into one hole, a miniHDMI plug in the other. After hooking the HDMI into your TV you’re on – the HTC “Quietly Brilliant” logo appears and you’re met with a soft coloured home screen.