Top 5 Pocket WiFi Worth Buying
Pocket Wi-Fis or Mobile Hotspots have become a must-have for users who wield multiple devices. As such, we listed down five of Pocket Wi-Fis that are worthy of your hard-earned moolah.
Note: The devices on the list are not arranged in any particular manner.
We’ll kick off our list with the pocket Wi-Fi that I personally use, the Huawei E5776. It’s an LTE mobile hotspot with a non-removable 3000mAh battery. It made our list because it also doubles as a powerbank that comes in handy when our gadget runs out of juice.
The Huawei E5776 can be had for Php4,995 from Globe which comes with a prepaid LTE SIM. The open-line variant of this LTE mobile hotspot is available at Lazada for Php8,919 (see listings here.). More information about this device can be found on our full review.
Next up we have the E5776’s rival, the ZTE MF93D, which is being offered by Smart for Php4,888.
Unlike the E5776, the MF93D has a removable battery which, sadly, can’t be used as a powerbank. To compensate though, the LCD of this device is touchscreen. Not sure why would you need a touchscreen display on a pocket Wi-Fi, but if that’s what rocks your boat then the MF93D should be a good bet.
Now if you want a pocket Wi-Fi that supports LTE connectivity, but don’t want to be tied with any of the telcos and/or spend a fortune for it, then look no further than the Cherry Mobile Ultra-On-The-Go.
It’s openline right off the bat, which means that you can pop any local LTE SIM card in it and get LTE signal whenever it’s available. It also offers decent battery life and it costs almost Php1,000 less than what Globe and Smart is offering. Be sure to read our full review of the CM Ultra-On-The-Go, so you’ll have a better idea of what you can expect from it.
The whole point of getting a mobile hotspot is to have wireless access to the internet on your mobile devices. But if the situation arises that you need hook up your internet source to your PC/laptop via an Ethernet port, then having a pocket Wi-Fi like the Huawei E5730 may come in handy.
It’s doesn’t support LTE connectivity like the other devices in this list, but it makes up for it with an enormous 5200mAh battery that is claimed to last up to 16 hours on a single charge. Like the E5776, it can also be used as powerbank to charge your devices and, as mentioned earlier, has an Ethernet port which you can use to establish wired connection or broadcast your internet so other wireless devices can connect to it.
The Huawei E5730 is available in some local stores like HotGadgets (see listings here) for Php4,280.
Rounding up our list is the Softbank 203z, a Japan-made mobile hotspot that was made available locally by some online resellers on OLX (see listings here).
Although we haven’t personally tried the device ourselves, the specs sheet of this bad boy alone got us hyped up. In a nutshell, it’s a combination of the ZTE MF63D’s touchscreen display, powerbank function of the E5776 and the monstrous battery of the E5730, plus it has LTE connectivity too so it’s really quite a steal for Php3,999.