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It’s great to be able to watch TV and movies on your phone, or at least it would be if the screen were not so small and you didn’t have to keep holding the device at a very specific angle for the entirety of the first season of The Sopranos. But before you break down and buy a tablet to correct the issue, did you know there are almost comically simple devices you can use to magnify your screen without any fancy technology at all?
We love these smart phone magnifying screens, essentially just free-standing magnifying glasses, that enlarge the image on your phone propped up on a stand. Our favorite versions are easy to fold up and carry around, making them a perfect battery-free mobile theater for long train or airplane journeys. They also work well for when you want to watch the NBA or the news but the other TV in the house is already in use.
What Are the Best Smart Phone Magnifying Screens?
Like we said, these are pretty low-tech devices so there isn’t much to worry about with them. We mostly take into account appearance, the size and quality of the screen, and how easy they are to set up and and travel with.
Portability: Every magnifying screen we recommend can be folded up when not in use and is lightweight, making it easy to tuck into a carry-on bag or carry with you to the back porch for an outdoor theater moment.
Magnification: Phone magnifying screens generally enlarge the size of the picture by double or up to three times its original size. Importantly, the magnification should increase the size without distorting or otherwise diminish picture quality.
Picture Quality: The quality of the screen matters when it comes to accurately reproducing the image on your phone. Look for quality acrylic lens material designed to create HD images.
1. Dizaul 12″ Screen Magnifier for Smartphone
Users love the design and quality of this screen magnifier and we agree. Totally self-contained and intuitive to use, simply unfold the device, roll up the stand, and adjust the angle of the phone and screen to best suit you. While it works best in a darkened room, we were especially impressed by the image quality projected by the magnifying screen, which essentially doubles the size of the image on your phone.
2. GLISTON 12” 3D Phone Screen Enlarger
Unlike our other picks, this magnifier is not made of wood, but is still foldable and easily portable from the kitchen table to the back porch to your next long-haul flight. We find this enlarger great for kids, to protect little eyes from close viewing, and for older adults who will probably wind up using it for enlarging more than just phone screens, as it works just as well for magnifying newspapers, crafts, or anything else.
3. ORETECH 12″ Foldable Smart Phone Screen Amplifier
We love how this screen magnifier stays flat when folded up, making it ideal for carrying with you wherever you go. According to the manufacturer, this magnifier enlarges screen images by three to four times, and the acrylic lens material helps with radiation protection to keep your eyes from fatiguing.
4. D&R Toolz Cell Phone Screen Magnifier Stand
We love this magnifier’s 3D projector feature, which produces a remarkably clear display that may even be superior to what you get when looking directly at your phone. It is also useful for protecting your eyes from eye strain with an image that’s sharp and crisp without needing a lot of blue light.