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Huawei E5372 4G mobile broadband device review!
on 31 October 2014
Up until a few months ago I owned a previous version of this by Huawei, it was a 3G only device and it was brilliant for most things including web browsing and even online gaming. I decided to upgrade to this new device while keeping my old contract and being unlocked means if I ever want to switch to another network I won't have any problems getting it to work. Unlike past ones this features the very latest technology as of 2014 and is 4g ready.
Although this one is white I have also seen it available in black and it looks just as impressive although this white one hides scratches and marks very well. The device is very small and compact and can easily fit into your pocket, it features a built-in screen which shows all information that you could possibly want including, network strength, network type 3G/4G, battery life and data usage. Inside the box you get a USB charging cable and 3 pin UK plug for direct mains charging, naturally you get the usual quick start guide and safety literature included too.
Usability wise, once you've placed a SIM card and battery into the back of the device, simply pressing the on button for a few seconds powers it on, seconds later the device is connected and ready to use. The device uses a simple password encryption so others can't use the device, the pre-set password is on the inside of the back plate but there should also be a spare copy of the code located on a piece of card inside the box. If your main reason for using this device is web browsing then you should manage around 7 hours give or take before the battery gives way, which is quite impressive as the previous device I owned the E586 only managed around 4-5 hours. As a huge gamer and because part of my job involves traveling around the country for days at a time I also take my games console with me and my old device was pretty impressive when it came down to gaming speeds, admittedly that does vary greatly depending on where you are and what network you are using. The difference between my of device and this new one is quite noticeable however, especially when it comes down to streaming videos and stability while playing online games.
Now this is important for everyone to understand, because the device says its 4G doesn't mean it utilises 4G speeds all the time, indeed I would say 80% of the time on my travels visiting many different places up and down the country ranging from big cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and London to smaller cities or towns like Telford, Chester or Derby the device connects to a 3G network, I think the hard reality is that unless you are very near to a phone mast or near to the town centre then 4G is unrealistic in most areas. By all means use the postcode checker on the network provider websites but it's worth pointing out that the maps they have in stores are far more detailed and accurate, having said that take what they say as a guide only!
Also worth noting that this device works on duel bands, both 2.4 and 5ghz, naturally 5ghz is faster and more resistant to interference but not that many devices use 5ghz technology. Many laptops, computers and games console still use 2.4ghz, the inclusion of 5ghz technology is more about future proofing the device rather than technology most people can use in reality today. Network standard wise the device conforms to 802.11b/g/n so devices that use any of those standards should work fine. Now the device claims to work with 10 devices connected, I haven't been able to test that theory out simply as I don't have 10 wireless devices but I can tell you that any more than 3 and you do notice the speed drop considerably, if you plan on gaming then ensure you have as few devices connected as possible, ideally just the console otherwise the "lag" can become an issue. Battery wise I have to commend Huawei as the battery they have used is fantastic, 7 hours I managed while browsing the net, sure that does drop if you plan on doing other network intensive activities like streaming and gaming.
Pros: small and compact, ideal for portability * excellent battery life * 3G speeds are very impressive * 4G speeds are even better WHEN your in an active area * built-in screen is very handy * password protected to stop others accessing the device and using the service * 2.4 and 5ghz channels * comes with a UK plug for wall charging as well as a USB cable for computer charging * unlocked so can be used on any network
Cons: 4G isn't as widely available as the providers claim, many areas including most towns still operate off 3G * charging cable length is considerably shorter than past devices were supplied with * it may say it can support 10 devices but 3-4 is more realistic!
Verdict: when connected to a 3G network it is faster and more reliable than the E586 I had previously and when I do travel to a 4G area it puts traditional home broadband to shame. If you are looking for a mobile broadband device for browsing the web, streaming video content or even online gaming then this is one I can recommend. If you do buy this then all you need is a sim card and you're sorted! RECOMMENDED!!!