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Yota Ruby, a different kind of hot spot (pictures)

We get our hands on a prototype of a new 4G LTE hot spot that looks a little different than the usual fare.

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Yota Ruby, a different kind of hot spot

Yota Devices isn't well known, but the company is already making a few small ripples with original, even unusual, designs for mobile devices. Take the Yota Ruby hot spot, which I got my hands on at CTIA. LED lights glow different colors to indicate your data speed.
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Multi-modal

If you bounce back and forth among 4G, 3G, and even 2G, you'll know by looking at the colored lights.
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E-ink display

The Ruby's e-ink display shows you a battery meter, how many devices are connected, and if you're sharing as a public network. Sliding the switch the other direction keeps it a private network only.
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Two ways to charge

You can charge up the Ruby using the Micro-USB port.
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Pop-out surprise

Or, you can flip open the USB connector to charge as a USB device.
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USB Modem mode

Plugging it into your computer also turns the Ruby into a wireless modem.
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SIM switcheroo

Globetrotters can swap SIM cards by country, and mutliband support means you should be able to use it almost anywhere.

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