HTC EVO 4G’s HDMI Cable
The HTC EVO 4G offers a sharp and smooth video experience on the phone itself, but for a device with 720p capabilities, it isn’t quite as crisp as it should be when using the HDMI output.
MoreThe EVO 4G has a big screen, but sometimes you’ll want to watch your content on an even bigger one. So the phone has a Micro-HDMI (Type D) port on the bottom, which works with a compatible cable to hook your phone up to an HDTV. The cable is sold separately; we found them online for $17 by searching “Micro-HDMI cable.”
When you plug the cable into the phone, a small “HDMI” icon appears in your alert bar. Unfortunately, the TV doesn’t mirror the phone’s UI. Only videos and slideshows play on the TV – the rest of your content is stuck on your phone, including still images, games, and presentations.
We tried the cable with two TVs, a Samsung and a ViewSonic. The Viewsonic TV read our signal as 480p and delivered a horribly blocky, artifact-filled image. The Samsung TV did better. A stored, 640-by-480 MPEG4 video played smoothly, although there were some visible artifacts. An H.264 video displayed horrible artifacting in any scene with much movement.
YouTube videos in HQ mode played decently over Wi-Fi; non-HQ YouTube videos were unwatchable. TV shows from CBS’s TV.com app and mSpot’s Mobile Movies app played on the screen in standard-def in a small window surrounded by black bars, but they played smoothly. Sprint TV refused to play on the screen at all.
Overall, we were quite disappointed with the HDMI experience on the Sprint EVO 4G. It’s unclear why you can’t view a wider range of content on the big screen – everything should get piped through this video out. More content should play in full screen, too. Hopefully future software updates will improve this function.