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Hands-On: LG eXpo

LG eXpo (Phone) Pico Projector Comments  4  

The projector is the real interesting part of the eXpo. First, it is not included with the phone. It is an optional accessory that has not yet been priced. The eXpo itself will cost $200 after rebate with new agreement. LG said it didn't know when pricing for the separate projector will be available.

The battery cover of the eXpo snaps off and the projector slides onto the eXpo in its place. There are contacts at the top that connect the electronics of the projector to the phone itself. These are hidden once the projector is snapped into place.

 

Pico Projcetor

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With the projector attached, the eXpo becomes truly unwieldy and completely incompatible with any pants pocket. It also adds noticeably to the weight. LG says that it uses the eXpo's battery to draw power, but that it is fairly power efficient.

There is a sliding hatch that covers the lens. Slide it open to activate the projector. The eXpo immediately launches the software to start the projector.

The projector simply projects whatever is on the screen. You can choose to show things in landscape mode (default setting) or manually switch it to portrait mode. According to LG, the projector can project an image with a diameter of 40 inches a maximum distance of eight feet. That's more than enough to share photos, video clips and, well, PowerPoint presentations.

It's not exactly super bright, but even in a well lit Starbucks, I was able to make everything out when the screen was projected onto a dark brown wall. Shine it on a white wall in a dark room, and I'm sure you'll be fine.

It's definitely a neat accessory.

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