AllShare Cast wireless streaming dongle for Samsung Galaxy S III — hands-on (video)
If you’re looking to pair up a brand new GS III with a bigger screen, but you’re not yet part of the Smart TV generation, then this little accessory could get you out of a fix. It’s palm-sized with a single blue LED light indicating a connection, but honestly you don’t ever need to look at it: it doesn’t need line-of-sight to your handset because it uses a wireless protocol called WiFi Display, which means you can happily leave it dangling out of the way behind your TV. The unit has two cables: one for power and the other for the HDMI connection to your TV, which can transmit up to 1080p video and audio. As you’ll see in the hands-on video after the break, it works for direct mirroring, so you can watch movies, play games or reel off holiday slideshows. But it also has a more enterprise-focused feature, in the form of a slideshow function in cahoots with the Polaris Office app, which means you can use your GS III as a controller for a presentation. It’s a simple idea, but it all seemed to work smoothly and we can imagine it coming in pretty handy.