6 way to connect my xperia ZL to a HDTV. Which is best?
I spent my entire day to figure out the best way to connect my xperia ZL to a HDTV. What I want to do on my tv is:
a)Play all my music, tons of Mp3 in my phone.
b) Plays youtube video, sometimes I have friends over and its fun to watch music video or even dance with them (lounchign playlists)
c)Browse the web on the tv.
At first I thought to buy a smart tv, but then after reading all the reviews it is not really worth it. Cause people say that browsing the web with smart tv is a pain, and most of them do not have an hard drive where I can store my music to be played, and the utube app does not have the option to add adblock in order to play a youtube compilation seamlessly when I have a gathering/party. Therefore I decided to buy a standard tv and mirrow/share my phone screen to the TV. The available options are:
1)Connect by cable. Here I need to buy an MHL to HDMI Adapter + an HDMI cable. This seems like a good solution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHa56Dm2j_8
. Wireless mouse and keyboard are an extra, I might just buy a 15 feet long HDMI cable that goes from the TV to my couch and use the phone. Do you have any experience on this? what MHL to HDMI Adapter works for the ZL (the one one the youtube video works for Z not sure for ZL)
2) Connect via the Throw sony feature. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVRV1u6qLWg
I need either bluetooth or wifi on the TV, and it only works for 3 applications (walkman, album and video). You cannot throw youtube video. It could be an extra fast option to throw my music to the TV in case I am walking around the house but it would not be the solution for all the three a), b) and c) points I posted above. So this is excluded.
3)Using Chromecast. Seems like a good option. I dont know how fast and responsive it would be but it allows you to share the internet chrome browser and play utube video. But does not allow playing music I guess. And I guess no option to launch ad-free utube playlists since it would use the chromecast app to play video rite?
4)Using a android mini PC.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvozNRIms78
. I did not dig into it too much. It has an harddrive where i can copy my music...but im not sure its convenient.
5)using the mirroring screen capability under settings-> display-> screen mirroring.It seems like I need a Miracast wifi gadget to add to my TV, like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgCDlrzqgdM
. Cons: in the comments of the video it is said that you cannot connect to the wifi while you are mirroring, only 3G/4G I guess. What do you guys think?
6) Using NFC. Here is a ufficial video, but guys I have no idea what TV i should buy for doing this.
For what I have understood the easiest way is the old way via cable (point (1)). The only thing I am not sure of is: how can I charge my phone if the micro USB outlet is used buy the MHL to HDMI Adapter?? In 1 hour of browsing my phone will die!! could u enlighten me please?
As for wireless options, I like Miracast, but not sure if the fact that I am stuck on browsing with my 3G/4G network might be a problem. What do you guys suggest?