Now, about those Moto Mods
The Moto Mods include (clockwise from top left): Kate Spade Power Pack, JBL SoundBoost speaker, Insta-Share Projector, and Style Shell.
My favorite parts of the Moto Z story are the Moto Mods, which are all sold separately (save the Style Shell, which comes with the phone). Each mod connects to the Moto Z with strong magnets and connector pins. No power-off/power-on routine is necessary, and the mods activate as soon as they latch on.
The Moto Mods all connect easily with strong magnets and metal connectors.
The pins are exposed on the back, but aren’t at any risk if you decide to leave the Moto Style Shell at home.
For this review, I received the Moto Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost speaker, and Kate Spade Power Pack (there’s also a TUMI-branded Power Pack if you want a less feminine aesthetic). Each mod includes its own built-in battery—1100 mAh for the projector, 1000 mAh for the speaker, and an extra 2220 mAh battery for the Power Pack. What’s more, each battery-powered mod features its own status icon in the notifications shade. This way, you can see how much battery life you have between the Moto Z and its Moto Mod combined.
There’s also a Moto Style Shell inside the Moto Z’s retail box. Mods like the Insta-Share Projector and JBL SoundBoost definitely bulk up the phone, but they each come with their own carrying pouches so you can tow them along separately.
The Insta-Share Projector turns your little phone into a full-fledged entertainment device.
I was impressed with how big the projection could get while remaining visible.
The Insta-Share projector was my favorite of all the mods. I thought it would be hokey, but it’s actually pretty neat. It can project up to 70 inches on any flat surface, and features a kickstand, a built-in fan for cooling down the projector, and the extra battery, which grants an estimated extra hour of screen time. Motorola has yet to share a price for the Insta-Share, but given its quality and convenience, it’s worth all the cost of a similarly spec’d pocket projector.
The Moto clipped on to the JBL SoundBooster. It gets really loud!
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