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We spent just a few short moments with the Logic Wireless Bolt, a projector phone. The phone itself is huge and heavy. It is thick around the middle and bulky, bulky, bulky. It will not go easily into a pocket. If you're foolish enough to put it there, it is going to weigh you down like an anchor.

The plastics feel a bit on the cheap side and are clearly not final production quality. In fact, this phone had seen serious action, and had a gaping hole in the bottom where it had apparently been dropped.

There is a volume toggle on the left side of the phone and two microUSB ports on the right side. The Bolt has a decent touch screen on the front of the device that lets you interact with the menu system. The menu system is a series of icons that you press to open. You can also choose to use the D-pad instead. The D-pad and function buttons around it felt a bit mushy to us, and weren't all that responsive on the screen. The number keys felt a little bit better.

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At the top end of the phone is a hole where the lamp is placed. There are lots of vents and slots near the lamp, but there are no fans used to cool it. It relies on natural airflow alone to prevent the lamp from overheating.

According to Logic, the basic usage scenario envisioned is for professionals to show slide shows or presentations to colleagues or business partners. For that purpose, it certainly gets the job done. It can project a nice, sharp image ranging from 36 to 64 inches, though the Logic people told us you can go much bigger than that it dark rooms.

Because the room we saw the demonstration in was so bright, it was hard to guage how good the quality of the projector really is. You can see in our video (below) that you can barely see the projection at all. We'll reserve final judgement until we see a demo in a dimly lit or dark room.

Logic said that the quad-band GSM/EDGE phone will be available in the spring.

You can watch a short video tour here:

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