CNET First Look
T-Mobile's Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro is a lot more than just a cellular routerFinally, something that is CNET editor Dong Ngo's favorite: the Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro from T-Mobile that gives you both fast Internet and battery life on the go. But does Ngo want it? Wrong! The right question is what does he want? Find out!
Hi guys, Dong Ngo's here and this is the all new Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro from T Mobile. I pay attention because this thing here is my favorite. Let's find out why. Shall we? Now first of all, it's very fast offering the ever-- 20 megabit per second for downloading and some 10 megabit per second for uploading in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of course, by far the fastest I've seen. That's quite how fast it is. We actually here in a building, a dungeon really. And take a look, it is still offering quite good numbers. The second thing I notice this one is the design. It's black on top and black on bottom with the red strip running around here and it come with this adaptor and USB cable right here for charging when you are out and about. Why people get this? Well, don't worry because the red strip here hides something really cool. Take a look. There you go. You can peel it out and voila! It's another USB cable. Now, you can use this on right here to charge it using any standard USB adaptor or with a computer. Just like that. Now, if you're like me who never forget anything while this cable here would not become redundant that's because it can pull out this side right here and now you can actually charge another mobile device. Really cool, isn't it? And now with all the charging going on, if I unplug the router from the power. Guess what? It's still charged the mobile device. That's right. The Samsung here is the very first mobile router I've seen that also can work as a juice pack. So basically, it gives you two most important things you want on the go, fast internet and extra battery life. So for get about food and water, this is what you want to pack. Now in my testing the Samsung here with a full charge, it can bring an iPhone 5 from empty to full as they have some juice left. Very impressive. Now what is not so impressive by this one is the screen on top here. Look at this. It actually an LCD screen that showed the status of the device, but it's completely [unk]. That means you cannot change any setting at all. For example, here I can see I have a one take message, but there's no way to read it. Now to do that or to change the setting of the router, you have to use the web interface. That's quite inconvenient, but honestly you do not have need to use that very often because out the box it come pre-configure with a Wi-Fi network and a password. And with that, you can actually connect up to 10 devices to it and use the internet. In fact, I do not like with touch screen at all because the surface and the bottom of the device here are actually fingerprint bring madness. They attract and retain your fingerprint even before you touch it. Underneath the battery here, there's a micro sim slot. The device slot of T-Mobile though, but it can possibly be allowed to work with other carrier. So what's the price of this router? Well, you can pay $170 for it or pay $50 now and $5 for a month for 24 months like a payment plan, but there's no interest. Now for data, you can choose to pay 20 or 30 or 40, 50 or 60, or 70 dollar for a month, 1.5, 2.5, 4.5, 6.5, 8.5, or 10.5 gig of Datacap respectively. I'm not sure what's up with the 0.5, but I'm sure it's better than 0.4, 0.3, or no point at all. Now for more on this router, take on my full review at cnet.com. If you're wondering if I need this when I'm out, the answer is no, but I might want it. Actually, I don't want it. I only want lock 'cause I have everything else. But that's only because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the Samsung LTE Hotspot Pro from T-Mobile.