Three MiFi HSPA+ (Huawei E586)
Three has released the first HSPA+ device in the UK. Do the theoretical benefits translate into real ones?
Three MiFi HSPA+ (Huawei E586) review
If you believe today’s tech marketers you not only need a smartphone and a laptop, but a tablet and an eBook reader as well. Keeping each online can quickly become expensive, but Three’s latest MiFi package offers a far more graceful solution. Vitally, it also offers the fastest…For those not in the know, MiFi devices are portable WiFi hotspots. They are pocket sized and battery powered, connect to a mobile network and send out a security protected WiFi signal to which you can connect all your portable devices. The downside is all your devices share a single connection. The significant upside is you pay for just one tariff leading to considerable cost savings.
Now in launching the Huawei ‘E586′ MiFi, Three has become the first UK carrier to sell an HSPA+ compatible device. The HSPA+or Evolved HSPA
specification has an increased theoretical download speed of up to 21.6Mbps, while maintaining the 5.76Mbps theoretical upload speed of HSUPA
. This compares very favourably to the 7.2Mbps theoretical maximum download speeds of rival MiFi products. Needless to say ‘theoretical’ has little to do with reality, but we’ll come back to this in a few paragraphs.Speed isn’t the only feature on the agenda though, the beauty of the E586 is its simple design. Front and centre is the small, but wonderfully clear, OLED display which provides at-a-glance information to everything you need. From top left to bottom right (see image below) these are: signal strength, connection type, the number of connected devices (up to five), connection status, new messages, battery level, total data usage and roaming state (‘R’ shows if enabled). Meanwhile on the right side you have power and security buttons, the latter of which displays the SSID
and password and on the left there is a 32GB compatible microSD slot which turns the E586 into an elaborate memory key if plugged into a PC. This can be done via the micro USB port on the bottom of the E586, which is also used for charging. Helpfully Three supplies not just a charging cable, but also a matching dock. Continue reading…
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