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5.0 out of 5 stars Simples! My pet hamster Norman could set this thing up., 2 Jun. 2012
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OK, so I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi) - UK Version, but being too cheap and too iggerent, I only got the wifi version, trusting, naiively that I could generally rely on my home wifi or, away from home, on complimentary wifi. This didn't seem too much of a stretch - McDonalds, my local hospital and most airports provide such a service, but it quickly became obvious that I was perhaps expecting too much. I never go to McDonalds, spend little time at Frimley Park Hospital (thank god) and my home wifi router is pretty feeble. So, on the advice of a relative, I bought this.

For those of you of a similar level of stupidity to me, this is basically a 3G/4G mobile phone: it lacks a keypad and microphone/speaker, but that's as good a description as I can provide. Despite being pretty useless as a moby, it DOES emit a wifi signal, allowing your wifi device (iPad, Tablet, laptop or gaming handset) to access teh interwebz via the mobile network. Fab, innit?

What you get in the pack is the hotspot device itself, a charging cradle, a couple of USB cables (one short and one long) and a 3-pin power plug. there is also the battery which needs to be installed and charged (either by connecting the 3-pin to the hotspot via one of the USB cables or using the cradle). There you go. That's it!

Well, not quite. You do need a SIM card. I bought this one, which gives you a 1GB download capacity with a life of 1 month and this one, which gives you a 3GB download capacity with a life of 3 months (the card's life runs from the instant you first access the network). I currently have no idea how 1GB pans out but I'll see which lasts longer, the card's capacity or its life, and report back.

To set it up is child's play. Pop in the SIM and the battery, charge it up and then get your wifi device to search for it. My Tab found it immediately and asked for the password which is provided on a card but can also be displayed on a wee screen on the hotspot by pressing the key button. Type this password into your Tab and bingo, you're connected! Even I managed it and I find that technological devices recognise me and have a habit of exploding or ejecting small, lethal knives into my fingers just to spite me before they spontaneously switch off (and I promise you I NEVER exaggerate).

The hotspot's display will also provide you with plenty of other info - battery state, connection strength, remaining capacity and so-on.

The hotspot itself is very small. The product picture doesn't do it justice. It's about the size and weight of my Samsung Slider phone (the size of a box of Swan Vestas): small and light enough to slip in a pocket and be forgotten about. Admittedly the charger is a bit of an encumbrance but the battery life - 5hrs - while not enormous is sufficient for a short day of heavy browsing or a full day of intermittent porn searching.

Huawei have also provided the hotspot with a microSD card slot which theoretically should allow you to access your digital camera's photos. I say "theoretically" because there's no information in the rather sparse user manual to explain how you actually access the card once it's installed in the device. What little research I've done suggests that you cannot (currently) access the card wirelessly. Logically then you can only do so by attaching the mifi to your laptop/tablet via a USB cable and treat the mifi as an external drive. As this requires a special cable (ie with the correct connector at each end) I haven't tried this and for me it represents a useless function.

Signal strength is about as good as my Sky home broadband router - it fades out if I put a couple of good structural walls between it and me, but that's the point, isn't it? You can carry it with you so it can go in your pocket, rucksack, tote-bag or down the front of your Speedos (if there's room) and you will never be without a signal (network coverage permitting).

How cool is that?
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2012 23:44:41 BDT
Hungry Joe says:
Very helpful review!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 18:52:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2012 18:53:09 BDT
Will C says:
I don't often feel compelled to respond (or actually give a fig no matter how helpful or amusing) but this is a great review. Exactly what it says on the tin as the adverts say. If only all ads were as open and straight forward as this review.

Good job - do come again! I will now take a walk to the local 3G shop better informed (although resisting the urge to be smarter than they)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 19:03:14 BDT
Crookedmouth says:
Cheers mate. It's great to be appreciated. :-)

Posted on 26 Sep 2012 17:44:37 BDT
Coolish Review, Thanks! - Nice to see a bit off humour too.!

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 11:08:54 GMT
Liz Chukwu says:
Hilarious:-) Thank you oh Son of Olaf, this deserves to be on Twitter and FB, wish I could post it as we all need a good belly aching laugh sometimes:-) Thank you for the review, I love gadgets especially how they look, so design is important to me, however I do get a bit lost in all the techno babble, but to read yours and Simon's balanced reviews are a real Godsend. Cheers:-)

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 10:41:41 GMT
Really helpful, really funny, had to read it out to the family. As it was a review with great understandable detail will probably opt for one of these. Not an Aussie is he/are you?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 13:42:15 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
"Not an Aussie are you? " How bl00dy dare you.? :-)

Seriously, I think that Huawei now offer a range of other similar products, so I would recommend checking out the marketplace before buying this on.

Posted on 27 Nov 2012 18:17:25 GMT
johnaerial says:
Do you work for Huawei by any chance? - Only joking!
Nice review, thank you.

Posted on 9 Jan 2013 21:07:21 GMT
Mikee B says:
I've never before been motivated to give feedback on posted reviews. However, your article was so straight to the point and ideal for the uninitiated like me and you are to be congratulated for your efforts. Very helpful and informative. Well done
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