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3M Pico Projector Phone Sleeve: Riding Shotgun to the iPhone 4s

Laura Clinton, March 12, 2013

While this projection device is enjoyable, there are notable drawbacks. First, it has been manufactured for use with the iPhone 4/4s and has a 30-pin connector; those with the new iPhone 5 cannot use it. Eventually, it will become obsolete as everyone slowly makes the switch to the new iPhone. Second, after roughly 45 minutes of projecting a movie, the sleeve and iPhone both became hot. In the manual, it states that moderate heat is normal. On a scale of Joaquin Phoenix to George Clooney, I would rate it somewhere around Ryan Gosling--it gets very hot, even with an internal fan. Finally, like many picos before it, this projector uses the audio from your iPhone. When watching a movie with more than yourself and your dog, the audio simply does not cut it. Fortunately, I was able to use my Matrix Audio One Bluetooth speaker to amplify the sound. This 3.5 W speaker is about the size of a tennis ball and does not require wires. It is truly the perfect companion to these types of smartphone projector sleeves (not to mention it makes your iTunes sound amazing). Plus, you can use it to answer your phone if someone calls in the middle of your movie.(Now you have no reason to get off of the couch). Throw the projector sleeve in one pocket and save room for this speaker in the other.

After spending four weeks with the 3M Projector Sleeve, I found that it is best suited for a life of casual entertainment and impromptu gatherings. With a native resolution of 640 x 480 and a brightness rating of 35 lumens, it will not impress everyone. However, it offers a slightly higher resolution and lumen count than the Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4/4s. The effort is noticeable and appreciated. At a retail price of $230, this projector is worthy of consideration if you are not planning on upgrading to the new iPhone in the near future. It offers a clear picture with some added flare and attitude. This consumer has a shiny new gadget riding shotgun to her beloved iPhone 4s.

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Elaine Tait Posted Mar 13, 2013 2:06 PM PST
Great information about the projector only suited for the iPhone 4/4s, something to consider. Also the heat factor.

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