Re: Tab-casting versus handover
Ceser states: "The Chromecast is *superb*, I couldn't be more positive about it. Really neat way to make a TV accessible to your content."
I agree, I bought one after reading the review here on el reg. Using my Nexus 2 in conjunction with the chromecast app is a very good experience indeed, the nexus can be shut down, charging, doing nothing at all, running different apps or working as your remote control.
I have a Sony Bravia which has most video services built into it except for Netflix. To be able to watch Netflix without turning on my PC, logging in, going to Netflix and selecting a film, then switching my graphics card output from dual monitor to the HDMI connection to the TV is well worth the £30 I paid for it alone. I imagine that more video streaming sites will become available over time which will make it even more useful.
If you have the £30 to spare then I would recommend buying one! The only downside for me is that as an owner of a Nokia Lumia 925 phone, I can not stream (I can't see Google creating a method like this for WP8 phones!) so let that be a warning to potential users, it doesn't (and likely never will) work with WP8 or at least the vanilla WP8 I use.
Still, android phones work as do modern iPhones; laptops and desktops too. The method is different for laptops and desktops but it does eliminate the need for the HDMI cable which now has a new home being permanently connected to my RPi.
Potentially using this whilst being on the go (staying in hotel rooms) is also a big boon but I haven't tried that yet and the only way to switch Wi-Fi networks seems to be a hard reset. I will have the opportunity next week so fingers crossed I can watch big screen Netflix instead of Nexus Netflix.
I'm not a big fan of google but along with the Nexus 2, they seem to have created a very good product indeed. 5 stars! Note that the service working from a pc or laptop is not quite as smooth.