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April 16, 2012

Huawei E587 Review

Huawei continues to improve its very popular line of pocket WiFi, the latest of which is the E587 that claims HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps. We already reviewed the first Huawei E5 before as well as the E586 and if you’ve already read them, go and proceed to our Huawei E587 after the break.

Unlike the previous E5’s we’ve seen before, the Huawei E587 got a bit of a re-design with a bigger body, a rubbery matte back cover and a completely polished, piano-black front cover but with a smaller LED panel.

Almost 95% of the features and functionality of the E587 are the same as the one on the Huawei E586 so I suggest reading up o our review of the older model to give you a better perspective.

Once you’re done with that, head back here and we’ll tell you what that 5% difference is all about.

The Huawei E587 supports HSPA+ download speeds of up to 43.2Mbps. In comparison, the E586 already supports downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps so the E587 is basically double that speed.

This capacity is really good if you are connected to an HSPA+ network which supports great downlink speeds that maximizes the pocket WiFi. In the Philippines, Smart offers mobile internet speeds of up to 20Mbps via their SmartBro Rocket WiFi Plus service while Globe offers downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps via an upgraded plan of the Globe Tattoo Superstick. Also take note that the prepaid Rocket WiFi Plus actually uses the E587 and priced it at Php6,495 (network locked).

Technically with these theoretical speeds being offered by local telcos, the Huawei E586 can still handle it. However, using the Huawei E587, you’re already set once the telcos offer a speed upgrade later.

Then again, actual performance will vary depending on a lot of factors — location, type of SIM/account, time of day, carrier, day of week, and other interference. Here are sample speed tests I took using the Huawei E587:


O2 Germany on prepaid (highest recorded) taken at Cologne City.


Smart Bro Postpaid (highest recorded) taken at Pearl Farm Resort, Samal Island, Davao.

The top speeds are impressive on their own but when you compare that to what was already achieved by the Huawei E586 and the ZTE MF60, there’s really no significant difference. This is primarily attributed to the performance of the network rather than the devices that we used in doing the speed tests.

What is interesting though is that using an openline E586, E587 or MF60, I am still able to reach speeds of up to 7Mbps or 8Mbps even if I am only using a Smart Bro Postpaid Plan 999 that promises only 5Mbps (using the USB stick). In essence, I am getting more than what I paid for with this set up. I’m looking forward to be able to test the same using a Globe Tattoo Postpaid SIM card, preferably the one with the add-on to make it up to 21Mbps.

The other improvement on the E587 is the included Li-Ion battery. It now has a capacity of 2,000mAh from the 1,500mAh of the older models. I was hoping this would add 33% more battery life to the device but it turns out since the modem eats up more juice than the older chips, the expected battery life maxes out at 4.5 hours. From experience, it is around 4 hours but that really depends on the usage pattern and how many devices are connected to it.

Here’s a more detailed list of specifications for the E587.

Huawei E587 specs:
* WiFi 802.11b/g/n
* DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS
* EDGE/GPRS/GSM
* DC-HSPA+ data service up to 43.2 Mbps
* HSUPA data service up to 5.76 Mbps
* Equalizer and receive diversity
* microSD slot (up to 32GB)
* Data and SMS Service
* 4.5 hours working and 150 hours stand-by on battery
* Dimension: 102.0mm×56.0mm×15.5mm
* Weight: 110g

Like the older Huawei pocket WiFi devices, the E587 only supports up to 5 WiFi devices at a time. It would have been better if they increased this capacity to around 10 devices considering the speed it can handle.

For those who already have the E586, the Huawei E587 might not be a sensible upgrade but those who have the earlier models of the Huawei E5 will surely feel the speed improvements whatever network they are connected to.

The Huawei E587 is being sold in online stores like Hot Gadgets in Sulit for under Ph8,500 {see here}. It’s about Php2k more expensive than the E586 but that’s the investment you’ll have to make to be future-proof on mobile internet speed.

Disclosure: Hot Gadgets provided us with the review unit for free.

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20 Responses to “Huawei E587 Review”

  1. bern says:

    P8000 for internet? seems not practical.

  2. Andy says:

    @bern, yeah… I’m still using my old usb stick huawei mf626. Just bought a router that supports usb to use it wirelessly with my other devices.

  3. chris says:

    I wonder when can we enjoy high-speed internet here in the Philippines for a reasonable low price?

  4. Andy says:

    still light-years away for us to enjoy high-speed net at low price. with all of few increments in net speed yet quite expensive.

  5. Atik says:

    will wait for E589, that support LTE, but price might be high, around 400+ USD

  6. digitallysick says:

    A device thats able to get 42Mbps down, that only gets about 7 to 8Mbps down in the absolute best location LOL

    Why not test it in manila, in average spots. Try makati, and some of the other busy areas. You can bet its probably less than 2Mbs

  7. balout4sale says:

    Di ko alam kung panu gamitin yan? Pag binili ko ba yan wala nku monthly bill?

  8. Allen says:

    Which would you guys prefer the Huawei E586 or the ZTE MF60? thanks :)

  9. Allen says:

    which network would you guys prefer, Smart – Globe – or Sun? Prepaid or Postpaid? Thanks a lot…

  10. JapeX says:

    Hi..

    Nice review…. I’d like to know if with this device i can also use it as a Desktop Modem connecting with USB or ethernet.

    Thanks

  11. roderick says:

    @JapeX

    you can still use this modem via Internet configuration settings on your computer, while it’s connected to the usb port it will automatically install a network adapter… together with your Local area Network adapter…
    simply go to the properties of the usb lan adapter then… go to sharing tab.. then choose share then apply… Now put a straight-through network cable to your lan port of your pc.. and put it to a hub.. Then just let the modem give an ip address to your pc’s… “Done” you now have share your connection to other computer with-out buying expensive router… :)

  12. danbasurero says:

    Bagay yan sa kariton ko habang nangangalakal ako. Wifi para di ako mabore habang nag-iikot sa q.c.

  13. Karl J says:

    Great review. The promises from Globe and Smart is always “up to” speeds. Only through delivering internet content localy they would be able to give you this speed. But if we are able to use the p999 deal and in the best locations get more than 2/5 mbps it would be great.

  14. G says:

    just wondering: if and when I use this device using a SMART sim, can I download torrents? I get the impression that people aren’t able to download torrents because of the mediocre speed of smart’s (even globe’s)basic plug-it. However I’ve read that SMART network restricts torrent downloads somehow. Did I get the info right? Can somebody shed light into the matter? :)

  15. Allen
    Twitter: 4GLTEMall
    says:

    Look cool, but i prefer HUAWEI E589, I wait for the price down on the site: http://www.4gltemall.com , it’s almost the cheapest one

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  18. Michelle says:

    Hi… What would be he difference between this device and the e5331? And which one do you guys think perform better? Ive seen a comparison of the e586 with e587 or the e5331 with the e583 though i know theyre in different leagues…

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