How do you entertain your kids on long car trips and in hotel rooms? What if I told you, all you need is a specific phone? Parents – you need to check out the Moto Z Force Droid phone with Moto Mods from Verizon.
Thanks to Verizon for lending me a demo model to check out the Moto.
I’ll never forget the first time I took a road trip with kids in tow. It was some time in the early 2000s & I barely made it 100 miles before the screeching tires silenced my bickering toddlers. I’d slammed on the brakes as I pulled into the nearest Best Buy. In under 20 minutes I was racing back out of the store where I’d maxed out our credit card on a portable dvd player. I remember that thing fondly. It was a behemoth, by today’s standards, and came in a special carrying case that suspended between the two front seats. We needed special adapters to use it in the car which we also happily shelled out for because it was our salvation.
Screen size, however, was always a challenge. Especially as our brood grew. I don’t have to tell any parent how counterproductive it is to ask your kids to squish in closer together in order to afford everyone equal viewing angles of a 5-7 inch screen. Especially after a long day of travel. Also challenging with these types of players, is the need for discs, limiting your movie/show selection.
A couple of weeks ago I took a road trip on the same route as that trip of over a decade ago. We were headed to Tahoe (driving time about 10 hrs each way) and I happened to be testing out Verizon’s Moto phone with Moto Mods. It’s a slick, sleek, shatterproof (!) phone that takes gorgeous photos. But what’s even cooler is that there are a variety of easy to use “mods” that snap onto the back with magnets, like a faceplate. Including a projector.
Truly this changes everything.
Our hotel did not offer movies that I was aware of but no worries. Via the hotel wifi we were able to stream films from my Amazon account and project them on the ceiling, big screen size with amazing clarity. We synced with a blue tooth speaker and were able to lay in our beds and watch “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Children” as if we were in the world’s most comfy screening room.
Similarly, in the car, we were able to project and watch downloaded movies and stream from our Hulu and Netflix accounts. Just lean back the seats and viola! Big view that nobody has to miss out on.
We even brought the Moto phone out in my father’s hospital room over the holidays, to review family photos and watch tv. Where was this device in every waiting room I’ve ever tried to keep my kids occupied in, ever?
When I think back to the days of hauling around the bulky dvd player, chargers, plugs, dvds etc, vs a device that is about the same size of a charging case that snaps onto your phone… my mind is truly blown.
I know some of you are thinking that your kids have their own tablets/phones/gaming devices etc. But for this trip in particular, we had planned a tech detox and asked kids to leave gaming devices and tablets at home. I am thrilled to report that we made it over 20 hours of driving without their usual screen “crack” on board.
Sure our kids could be plugged into their individual small screens, and kept occupied, but there is just something so much more social and satisfying about experiencing
a movie together, and watching it large. We go places to be together and relax and enjoy together and this keeps us in the same moment, turning downtime into family time, without resorting to tiny screens that alienate us from one another.
Of all the clever innovations I’ve seen recently, this little wonder seems to pack the most punch. The Moto Z Force Droid phone is a really good phone to begin with, and for parents, this mod in particular makes it great.
Note: Other awesome mods include a Hasselblad camera, a JBL speaker and power cases, though you prob won’t need the power case. This phone stayed charged for days with regular use.
If you’re upgrading or adding a line, you might want to consider this phone!