The same hour that Chromecast dongles became available in Canada, I ordered one. It was so popular that during the ordering process, the shipping date slipped by a day. Curious: we Canadians order from google.ca, pay in Canadian dollars, and yet the product is shipped from the USA.
Nevertheless, a week later the small box arrived, and upon unpacking it I immediately plugged it into one of the 21" LCD monitors that surround me. Having already read several tutorial-like reviews, I knew what to do; hey, I had already downloaded Chromecast software to my smartphone in anticipation.
First disappointment. The display on the monitor was wonky, with a magenta cast. Not cool.
So I unplugged the dongle and hauled it upstairs to plug into our LCD tv. Correct color, so good.
Second disappointment. I don't have any movies on my Android, so the first thing I tried was a slideshow of photos. There was a 3-4 second gap, a black screen between each photo, as data streamed from phone to dongle. Not cool.
Third disappointment. I installed Avia, an app that streams photos, movies, and music from other networked computers. It works well, except that streamed movies show banded gradient, the result of insufficient data bandwidth.
I gave YouTube a try, and it worked well, as expected, because it works differently. Instead of using the smartphone as the intermediary, the dongle recieves the data direct from YouTube's servers.
Fourth disappointment. That's it? Chromecast is good only for mimicking photos, moves, and music? Somehow I expected more.
This could be my fault, since I already have more. The same tv to which I attached the Chromecast is also attached an Apple Mac Mini, which does all that I expect from an Internet-connected media device -- albeit at 15x higher price.
So that's now two Google devices I don't get: Chromebook and Chromecast. I don't understand why Chromebook isn't an Android-powered tablet; but it seems Google figured out that Chromecast needs to be replaced by Android TV box.
I'm placing Chromecast on the shelf with other impractical technological devices whose only purpose was to show what's possible (and not be useful), like that Sony smartwatch.