Motorola Moto Mods tested: upgrades worth making?

Moto Insta-Share Projector

The Moto Insta-Share Projector is tied with Hasselblad's True Zoom as the most exciting Moto Mod we've played with so far. It snaps a portable pico projector onto the back of your Moto Z for taking the big screen anywhere.

With absolutely minimal effort, you can project up to a 70in image on a wall, whether you're streaming video, playing locally saved media, or enjoying a game. If your room is dark enough, it's solidly bright at max settings, and the keystone correction for auto-adjusting to your wall tends to work well - although you may need to fiddle with the angle a bit.

The built-in kickstand helps make the Insta-Share Projector effective, as it's super strong and can help you toss the image on any wall or ceiling with ease. There are drawbacks, however, starting with the meager 480p resolution. That's fine for a TV show from Netflix, and it's on par with most standalone pico projectors, but it's a big drop from the Moto Z's Quad HD screen.

Also, the battery life isn't awesome. The 1,100mAh battery within the Mod helps supplement the phone's battery, adding about an hour of extra playback – but with a fully charged phone and Mod together, I barely got to 2.5 hours in a rundown test streaming from Netflix. Even if you can get through a full movie, your phone will be nearly tapped out.

And with no headphone jack on the Moto Z, you'll need a Bluetooth or USB-C-connectible speaker if you're planning to entertain a crowd. The phone's speaker is fine if you're watching in a quiet room, but the larger the group, the less likely you'll be able to hear it well enough.

While the Insta-Share Projector is a very handy thing to be able to pull out of your bag, the RM1399 price point – nearly half the price of the phone itself – makes it difficult to justify, given the slim battery life and low resolution. Found at half the price in a bargain bin in a few months, however, it might be worth a cheaper pickup.

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