Internet on-the-go is pretty important if you want to be...well, on the go. I spend a lot of time on the road, both driving and riding. I only just recently got the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (with Mobile HotSpot functionality), as well as the Verizon Novatel MiFi 4510L HotSpot (yes, I got both of them in prep for CES 2012), and they are both awesome.
|It's even got a battery indicator! Unlike the Samsung HotSpot...|
Though I use the Galaxy Nexus's tethering more often, because it's my phone and because I have unlimited data allowance, the MiFi is more reliable. As in, it doesn't disconnect...ever. This is important because I am an online news editor for PCWorld, and I have a daily afternoon shift. Thanks to the MiFi, nobody even knows that sometimes I'm editing while speeding down the 15 on my way to Vegas. (Okay, well they know now, if they read my blog -- but I don't think they do.)
A note -- I did have the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile HotSpot for a hot second, and, while very sleek and fast, it's not reliable. Even when I wasn't moving in a car, the Samsung HotSpot would cut out at least every hour and a half (and more often if I was in a car).
The MiFi, on the other hand, almost never disconnects -- even in the middle of the desert. So unfortunately I must disagree with this PCWorld article comparing the two: if you're a road warrior, you'll definitely want to go with the cheaper and more reliable Novatel MiFi.
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