Android Accessory Review: HTC A/V Cable for Droid Incredible [video]

The HTC AV Cable for Droid Incredible is a quick and easy way to display content from your phone onto a TV. The cable plugs into the DInc's microUSB slot on one end and has composite video plugs on the other (sorry, no HD here). The cable offers true mirroring, so anything displayed on your phone shows up on the TV. The plug itself is pretty small, and I had no issues with using it even though I have a case on my phone, but your mileage may vary. Join me past the break as I take a closer look, and be sure to check out the video demonstration and extra pictures!

One great feature of the cable owing to its composite output is that there is no copy protection between your phone and the TV. HDMI, for instance, can sometimes require DRM to work. Not so with this cable, as anything you do on the phone shows up on your TV. This is great for sharing pictures or videos with family and friends, and could even be used to show groups of people how to do things in Android. There is no reason this cable could not be used in a "Intro to Android" class of some sort, or by a developer to show off an app during a presentation. 

The cable also has a microUSB port on the side that allows you to plug your charing cable into it. This will keep your phone charged while you show things on the TV, and is a really nice feature if you plan on showing long videos or demonstrations with the phone. One thing to note is that the Droid Incredible seems to have a slightly customized microUSB slot intended to work for this cable, so it likely won't work with other phones. When I tried to plug it into a Samsung Vibrant it wouldn't fit, so be aware of this unfortunate limitation.

Overall, this cable is a really nice accessory to have for Droid Incredible owners who want to be able to quickly share content from their phone, especially media shot with the 8MP camera, to groups using a TV. The lack of HD is somewhat disappointing, but it shouldn't be too noticeable on TVs smaller than 40 or so inches. The HTC AV Cable for Droid Incredible is available now for $22.95 from the Android Central Store. Thanks to Chris and Evan for the use of their TV! 

  • this is great. Is there soemthing like that for the EVO? I know the HDMI port works but it doesnt show the screen on the TV, just the slideshows and video. I'd like to use my EVo for presentations and stuff as well. Any ideas?
  • +1 This for the EVO would be great!!!
  • Doesn't the Evo have an HDMI port?
  • Yes, it has a mini HDMI out. But, unfortunately, it does not have true mirroring capability. Other than videos stored on the external MicroSD card and YouTube, the phone can't play anything else through that HDMI port. So I'd also be interested in this type of cable for the EVO. I'd like something that does "true" mirroring of what is on the device screen. This would help me when teaching others how to use the device.
  • It's a micro HDMI out. Not mini.
  • I hope something like this comes out for the Nexus One.
  • Would this work for the Nexus One? Or does Sense UI enable tvout, and running stock on a N1 does not perhaps?
  • I mention this in the review, but the DInc appears to have a custom microUSB port that HTC specifically designed to be able to use this cable. I assume it allows greater bandwidth or something. So no, the N1 would not be able to use this cable.
  • Doh! I was excited about that until I saw the mention of the custom port. That's a little frustrating. Seems like the N1 is rapidly getting out-dated.
  • Can You Guys Please Test On The EVO! Thanks!
  • I second the request! Please check the functionality of this cable on the EVO. :) Thanks!
  • Will this work on other HTC phones that have the same funky extUSB port (such as the Hero)?
  • Is it possible to get movies on the incredible yet? I kno droid x has the blockbuster app
  • Drag n' drop onto the SD card ;)
  • Would this work on the Desire too? :o
  • This only works on the Dinc or G2. No other HTC phones have the screen output through the usb port.
  • This works on the G2, you sure? Outstanding!
  • Am I sure? Nope, never tried it. Just going by what HTC says on their OEM packaging. It's going to depend on whether the Micro USB adapter fits into the port on the G2. Remember, Kyle and the Android Central store don't claim it works on the G2 in any way, shape or form!
  • It would work on the G2? Sweet action! I love this phone...
  • Usefull capability is that mirroring. I would rather that without HD than HD without the mirroring, ALA the EVO.
  • Sweet!!!!
    Question, does anyone know the name of that clock and weather widget?
  • It is the Weather widget from "Beautiful Widgets". Worth the price tag, and oh so beautiful...
  • The world's best phone just got a little mo' betta.
  • Indeed!
  • will this work on the motorola cliq/droid/droidx? my cliq might work with it! please tell me if it does. tweet me @capang9555
  • Post if it works with the evo if anyone can try it! It would be pretty interesting if i could mirror. The hdmi could mirror if someone would make an app for it :(
  • Would this work on the myTouch SLIDE?! Is there any way to mirror video on the myTouch Slide?
  • I have the application called Jetflicks that has t.v. shows you can watch on your phone & I want to order this cable for my Incredible so that I can run the app & watch the shows on my t.v. Since this cable mirrors what's on your screen, do you know for a fact if it will work for applications such as this?
  • I am in the UK and have an HTC Incredible 'S'. I need to know before buying the TV out cable, what the USB plug is and aslso the female charge plug socket in the plug block.
    I need a Micro USB 'B' type for both male and female. Will this cable work for me?
  • Hello, I from Singapore and have Acer Iconia A200 tablet. Do this cable work for my tablet? How many day will you able to shipping to Singapore if I place the order? Please reply me ASAP. Thank you very much