iPAD : Dock Connector to VGA Adapter a half baked product ?

Posted on August 24, 2010

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A HK friend emailed me that he was ” cheated” by Apple over his purchase of the Ipad Dock Connector to VGA adapter. The connector costs him HK$ 228. I’d say he has only himself to blame. He bought it after seeing the display advert :

Use the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter to connect an iPad to your television, projector, or VGA display. Then see your videos and slideshows on the big screen.
The iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter connects to your iPad or iPad Dock via the dock connector and to your projector or display using the VGA adapter.

He was disappointed  as the advert was misleading – had he do some research and read the fine print, he’d realized the limitations of this connector. This is Apple’s official statement : QUOTE

The iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter can play content to a VGA display when using the following apps:

  • Videos (iPad) or iPod (iPhone 4)

  • Photos—Slideshow/Video playback only

  • YouTube

  • Safari—Video content on webpages

  • Keynote (iPad)

Video output over VGA is set to 1024 x 768 using a 720p scan rate. For optimal performance, it may be necessary to adjust the video resolution or settings for your display. If your display offers an “auto detect” or “factory default” setting, you may be able to use these options to optimize video resolution and display… UNQUOTE

Some users review of this product :

– Will not work on iBooks, Maps, Email, Safari webpages, Games, iWork apps ( Pages, Numbers )
– Will not work with more than 1 monitor
– Movies limited to those on Videos ( on iPAD ) ; you cannot watch rented movies purchased over iTunes
– Slides limited to Keynote ; Powerpoint slides on iPad cannot be projected
– some TV monitors not compatible

If you read the 327 reviews posted, generally you see remarks ” useless”, “waste of money”, ” got cheated” etc . So if you are thinking of getting one, do check up properly your requirements and read some of the buyer’s reviews

A good review here : http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/apple-ipad-dock-connector-to-vga-adapter/

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