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I have the Sprint Touch Pro, and one of the unique features that I have been dying to play with since I got it was the TV cable feature. With such a small screen on my phone being shown on a big screen like a TV, I wasn’t expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised to be surprised by what I found once I got my hands on the HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable. 

Want to see what I found? Then take a look inside at the full review of the joys a simple cable can bring to you…

The HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable feels like a well-built cable. On one end of the cable you plug it into the ExtUSB port at the bottom of your phone. This has a box with another handy ExtUSB port off to the side. At the other end of the cable you will find your normal RCA plugs (Yellow for video and red & white for stereo audio) that you would plug into your TV. 

With having 5 ft from end to end, you should have enough room to comfortably use the phone while it is connect to your TV.

What is nice, is that as soon as you plug the HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable into your phone, it recognizes it and launches the TV out program automatically.

As you can see, you have several options that include a PowerPoint Presentation (a feature I think I might be using in the near future for work), Photos and Videos, Internet, and You Tube.

The photos and videos section is just what you would think, plus some extras. You can share your photos or videos that you have taken with your camera. You can even show digital movies that you might have on your phone. But what is cool, is that you can take live pictures, including the streaming preview of the room. This could then be used as a nanny cam if hooked up to a VCR or DVR. 

It was kind of cool to browse the net and see it on the TV.   I could see myself using this on vacation in a hotel that charges $9.99 to $19.99 a day for internet service, so I can look up the local show times and the whole family can see. The text is very clear and very easy to read. If I did not know the picture was coming from my cell phone, I never would have ever guessed that. Here is what the WMExperts website looks like:

If you like YouTube, you will love this. Watch videos with your friends or family. If the YouTube movie is really optimized, you will see the low quality of the video on the TV a lot more than on your phone, but if the video is of good quality, then the picture is perfect. Here is a video from You Tube:

You also don’t have to worry if you travel abroad or don’t live in North America… you can configure it to work just about anywhere:

  

Summary

There is no doubt that the quality of the video on the TV exceeded all of my preconceived misconceptions of what it would look like. This cable is fun, entertaining, and actually very useful. This is a must have accessory for all HTC Touch Pro series phones owners. You get get it for $19.95 from the WMExperts Store.

Pros

5 ft in length Good quality build Good video quality on TV 

Cons

Where's the HDMI cable?  =) 

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15 Comments
  • Other than the 4 predefined Programs: PPT, Internet, Videos, Youtube, can you access other programs? Is there an option to mirror/reflect to the TV anything that is ont HTC Pro's screen, so I can watch HAVA or SlingBox, WMP, TCPMP, Divx Player etc.
  • yes you can hit the x button and it will bring you to you home screen from there you can launch any windows mobile app and they will show up on your t.v set
  • So will this go back any further, to say the kaiser(HTC tilt) or dual touch or does it only work on HTC phones with "pro" in the name? is there software that comes with it? if so wonder if you can load it on a not so older phone....
  • No, currently the only ones in the American market that suppor this are the ones built on the Touch Pro, such as AT&Ts Fuze.
  • Not very surprising about the quality, IMHO. Wasn't old school TV 480x320 roughly? 640x480's going to look like gold.
  • O..M..G..
    That is too ****ing cool. They need to advertise the hell out of this!
  • Nice, hope this post makes me win the Jabra :D
  • this is cool! i want this. do i need it--no. just like my Zune (don't laugh) a/v cable. oh well.
  • will this work on touch pro 2?
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  • Found this page while looking for an app for tv out for my My Touch and Dash 3G since I already have this Awesome cable. Just like you said, I was Very pleasantly surprised at how great this works. It really makes it like having a huge monitor for my TouchPro 2. It is a hundred times better than using the S video out from a laptop. It was definitely the best 20 bucks I ever spent, especially on an impulse item.
  • Will this work for the HTC Hero?
  • I have this cable and the Hero. I can not get any TV-Out functions.
  • Cable arrived in good condition, and I was happy with the interface and the horizontal direction that is installed by plugging in the cable. I am able to view my image on TV, and share them with friends or even show some movies uploaded recently. This really opens a lot of possibilities to make presentations at the phone as well. Would recommend for sure.
  • I would like to purchase the follinwing item: HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable But i would just like to know will this cable work with the HTC Desire (Bravo)& if so then will the sound also come out the tv from site or youtube or just picture. Please can someone get back to me asap. Thank you