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Since the release of Smart TVs I had always wanted one but with them being so expensive and as there was nothing wrong with my current television I had put off buying one. I am so glad I did though.
I was searching through Amazon after considering the Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV etc when I found this Apple Lightning Digital AV Adaptor and it seemed perfect. It was only about £35 so much cheaper than buying a Smart TV and it does just what I wanted.
The wire is just over 11cm long, the Lightning cable to go into the iPad mini (for other iPads you have to buy the correct ended cable) on one side and on the other side is a space for the HDMI cable and the Lightning cable from the charger to charge the iPad at the same time. It is not compulsory to have the charger in though, it will work with just the HDMI and ipad.
The adaptor shows whatever is on your iPad screen on the television, on my television it is not full screen all the time but when you play a video it is always full screen so it is just like you are watching something from the television. Most of the time I use YouTube to watch videos and it is really nice to see them on a full screen rather than a computer and so is perfect for what I needed. As it is just showing the iPad screen nothing other than the iPad has to be connected to the Internet so as long as your iPad isn't slow at showing videos neither will the television be. It also works with apps like ITV Player and 4OD so is good for the catchup services which is handy as whenever I used to miss a programme it was never the same watching a television programme on the computer.
I have heard that it won't play videos from Sky Go on the television but I don't have that so I can't confirm but it would be best to check before buying.
Overall it was a fantastic purchase, I am so pleased I found this and didn't spend all my money on a Smart TV. Even some of my family have started to buy these since I've shown them and found them perfect for what they need as well.