• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter does its job BUT...

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    for the iPad to be effective in Sales presentations, it must be able to output Safari and most other apps (e.g. GoodReader). I understand each app must code for the ability to output using the VGA adapter. However, why Safari doesn't output is puzzling. Apple, please add this ASAP.

    86 of 98 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT IF APP DEVELOPER HAS IMPLEMENTED VIDEO OUT...

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    Ladies, ladies, ladies, please. Apple is not so draconian that they could or would stop the flow of photons from your ipad to the projector/monitor. The only reason (some) of Apple's native products work as they should (allow for video out) is because they have built their apps with the understanding that users might want to display the content of their ipads on a larger screen. The problem with this adapter is not that it doesn't work on all ipad apps (which is true), the problem is that not all app developers have enabled video out correctly in their ipad apps.

    Its not a system level problem or a problem with the cable — app developers need to explicitly build this feature into each app. Until they do, you can search the itunes store for third party apps that will bridge the gap — search using the terms "VGA OUT"

    90 of 116 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfect - within its limitations

    • Written by from Annandale

    Count me among the people who are disappointed this adapter doesn't work with all iPad apps.

    However, with Videos and slideshows in Photos, it works perfectly. The short cable is sturdy. I've found that very few VGA cables will lock into the threads, however, as they are slightly too deeply set in the housing.

    If the iPad threw VGA output at all times, this would definitely be a 5-star product. As it is, however, it's misleading as every other system in the world that supports VGA output thows that output at all times - apparently, except the iPad.

    63 of 73 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't I view purchases through iTunes?

    • Written by from Corvallis

    I wish I could rate this product higher, as it is very nice for showing photos and my own videos on a TV. However, I was very disappointed to discover that it would not allow me to play movies and tv shows I had purchased or rented through iTunes. This seems odd. One would think you would want to promote purchases of you own products!!

    57 of 63 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I asked at the Store...

    • Written by from Toronto

    I was not sure about the usability, so I asked three associates at an Apple Store if this adapter would display everything I see on the display when connected. They all told me it would, so I bought it, only to find out it does in fact, have limitations.

    Works sort of okay with the apps it's designed for, but since I was hoping to do more, I'm a little disappointed.

    As far as it goes, there's a delay between pressing the "slideshow" button in Photos and when the LCD projector actually detects the iPad, so you miss the first slide in the album.

    I can only hope there's a software upgrade in the future that can improve this adapter's functionality somewhat

    50 of 57 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's not the product's fault

    • Written by from KAILUA

    There's a lot of bad reviews on this product, and the complaints are warranted, but somewhat misdirected. The connecter does what it's supposed to do... connect your iPad to a second display. The fact that Apple has only chosen to enable it for Keynote, iPhoto, Video and YouTube is frustrating, and I can't quite decide if not listing the limited array of Apple-developed compatible apps is intentionally deceptive or disappointingly absent-minded. We shouldn't have to rely on reading the reviews for that kind of product information. Having the ability to project at least Keynote is very useful, and for that I'm grateful for the product... but Apple should consider being a little more forthcoming with the software compatibility aspect. Hopefully, third-party developers will be incorporating this, and I'll cross my fingers for Safari.

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    disappointed

    • Written by from KENT

    hoping for upgrades that will alow projection of all Safari content and other apps like Docs to Go.

    36 of 43 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK, but...

    • Written by from Exeter

    Works perfectly with my iPad 2, does not work with iPad 1- RTFM, people! Agree with other posters, the iPad connector often "slips" out while presenting. Why can't I connect to power AND VGA like the HDMI connector? Item needs to be redesigned.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Its great when its not killing my battery

    • Written by from oakwood village

    I have a 4th gen iPod Touch and this adapter is a BATTERY KILLER. My iPod will be 100% battery with a Bluetooth keyboard and my battery will last just as long as if Bluetooth was off, but once I plug in the VGA adapter my battery drops from 100 - 70 to 30 and then dead in matter of 5 to 10 mins. I tried this without the keyboard and it did the similar process. My opinion is if you only have VGA port and dont feel like spending more money then get this but just little bit more you could get the Component adapter (less quality but cheaper) or HDMI adapter (Best quality but more expensive) and just buy a VGA converter for those ports because those two adapter can charge while you use them.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It IS true: iTunes purchased shows won't play over this

    • Written by from Missoula

    Confirmed that on iPad Generation 3, iOS 6.1.3, playing a movie or TV episode purchased from the iTunes store, either via Home Sharing or directly from the device will not work. "Protected content can't be played on this screen."

    Any other video program plays back at full screen, and screen mirroring works just fine.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Loves the iPad2 But ...

    • Written by from KIHEI

    I tried with all three devices - iPad2, iPhone4S, and iPod Touch - on the same projector and would only project from iPad2, which is awesome, but we have a lot more iPod touches on campus so I was hoping it could work on those, too. So that's why the rating of 3.

    30 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    OK, but a Couple of Issues

    • Written by from Stewiacke

    I got an iPad 2 for Christmas and hoped to use it for presentations at work. I just got the VGA adapter and I have two concerns.

    First, the plastic on the 30 pin "plug" is flat (squared off), where the female receptacle on the iPad is tapered, following the shape of the iPad's body. As a result, the plug doesn't click into the port solidly, any movement of the iPad breaks the connection with the projector. I may have to file the plastic down so it mates with the iPad better, but I think I'll call Apple, first.

    My second concern is that either the iPad itself or the adapter do not seem to be supported by all projectors. I tried it on an Eiki and it didn't recognize anything being plugged in.

    I gave it 3 stars because when it works, it works as advertised.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Only get if you have a 4S or iPad2

    • Written by from Los Gatos

    I had one of these before that when hooked up to my iPad1 was disappointingly limited. It worked with only a handful of apps and did not mirror the way I was expecting.

    So reading the statement that it supports full mirroring on 4S phone and iPad2, I was skeptical.

    But in fact it did work as advertised with both these devices, doing full mirroring of the screen, including PIN entry and desktop as well as every app I tried.

    I'm giving 3 stars because it really should have worked this way in the first place and also because there are no controls or real feedback for this VGA connection in the settings menu.

    28 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but limited

    • Written by from Cantley

    Runs a few apps other then apples. What i didnt know was that not every thing works, luckily netflicks works. On the ipod 4 and iphone 4

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functionality okay, but hardware design not

    • Written by from Wien

    Finally it does support mirroring now with the latest iOS. BUT: The hardware design is very bad. The dock connector part does not lock into the iPad. And on the other side the screws of the VGA cable cannot fix the cable to the adapter. Depending on the individual presenting situation, you always end up fixing cables.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Moderately Useful

    • Written by from North Hollywood

    Without the dock I was only able to get it to play a Slideshow from the Photo gallery. With the dock you have some more options but it still should at least port a mirror image when not outputting from a movie app/keynote etc. Left me wanting more. I give it three stars since really this is a software issue (at least I assume they can fix the unsatisfying aspects with a software patch)

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hit and Miss

    • Written by from Ottawa

    I work in a building with multiple projectors and monitors all under two years old, if I plug into a monitor/projector with my HDMI or VGA connector it will work with an iPad 2 still running os5.1 but not an iPad 3 running 6. If it has to go through any kind of control unit, i.e. touch panel, video switcher, etc, chances are it's not going to work. My advice test it out first, try and go directly to the projector/monitor with out going through an audio/visual control system and always have a back up plan, like using a laptop instead.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, you can view Netflix movies - but ...

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    I bought the VGA adapter at an Apple store today without researching what it does. I was thinking like a PC guy that I could view whatever was on the iPad on an LCD TV or monitor. Nope. You need to have an app that is programmed to use it or you see zip.

    It so happens that Netflix, the main reason I bought the adapter, updated their app for the adapter today also. So I got all excited and booted the Netflix app and sure enough, it played the movie on my LCD TV. However, the view is far less than a full screen. Maybe 1/2 on my 26" monitor.

    So it works and is better than on the iPad, for size anyway, but it isn't as good as connecting a notebook, at least for the movies I tried. I also tried using Safari with Netflix but no difference. So this is good but not great - yet.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Get's the job done.

    • Written by from Dillsburg

    I do love this little adapter. Seeing my iPhone on the big screen is awesome. What really stinks is not being able to charge the iPhone while using this device. Long presentations, movies, etc. drain the battery; and there is no way to charge while using the device. If I would have thought of this, I probably would have spent the extra $ for iPhone component out + component-to-vga for about $15-$20 more and had many more options, about 20+ feet of cable to work with, and audio out.

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What it says on the tin is not quite useful.

    • Written by from calgary

    The problem with this product is not what it says it will do, but it's lack of stating what it won't do. Everyone assumes it will be able to mirror the screen, which would be especially nice and handy if demoing applications to clients or users. Sadly, what it states on the tin is that you can play video or run presentations. The limitations of the device are not mentioned (like any Apple product).

    I would still have bought it if this were the case, but I am stuck trying to find alternatives for a simple mirroring function. If you need it for presentations and movies, good catch. If you wanted to demo apps, forget it, save your money.

    10 of 13 people found this useful