Pros No connection issues:
xbox 1.0 (wireless adapt.), HTC kaiser PDA phone, archos 7 and laptop simultaneously!
FTP over (Laptop to xbox) peak = 6 mBYTE/s, sustained 4 mbyte/s (YES BYTE)
battery life is plenty
HAS GPS YEAHHH!!
Looks cool (seriously)
Cons might eventually run into a situation where longer battery is useful (maybe on an actual hike or camp trip)
MIGHT (unlikely) need more than 5 connections (i highly doubt this, though). unlikely 5 seperate people need simultaneous access.
Summary Super cool toy, especially if you have a lot of devices that utilize wireless connections.
Just like my Archos 7, this thing has surprised me. it is super easy to use, super handy and, honestly, it is well worth every penny I spent on it.
The only unfortunate thing is that I am sure I am going to kill the battery (eg maximum number of recharges that is an inherent quality of every and all lithium ion batteries, even those in a prius!) before very long because I will use it so damn much.
this is the type of thing I would not leave the house with:
keys? check, wallet? check, phone? check, Mifi? Check.
I know how cheesy this sounds but I am totally stoked on this thing. I AM USING IT NOW!!
it is now an integral part of my electronic "toolkit" (my archos 7, my laptop and my pda phone). Now I can connect em all wherever I am (pretty much).
The only real competition for this device is to use a laptop connected with a conventional air card as a hot spot.
I have tried this and it is a royal pain in the ass. it is a hassle to get set up, it destroys the battery on the host laptop, you really cant even use the host at all, and it is difficult to connect more "imbedded" (so to speak) devices than other computers.
I tried this once with a laptop identical to mine (a HP dv8333cl). we got it working, but (even though the battery was new at the time) the battery only lasted for 1 hour with no programs running (we even shut down a bunch of background processes) and the lid closed.
we determined that you basically couldnt even use the host laptop because any CPU use would DRASTICALLY slow down the connection speed (it would go from full speed to 28k modem in a microsecond)
I tried connecting it to my PDA phone, which worked OK (the phone interface is kind of crappy to begin with)..
I tried connecting it to my Archos 7. THAT was a huge pain. I had to call tech support, it took 45 minutes (THAT is how we figured out that the battery only lasted an hour, we sat on tech support for 45 minutes before we even got that device testing)
I am gushing. I know how cheesy and stupid it sounds but I am seriously like a little kid again, opening that bad ass toy that I always wanted.
I highly recommend it.....
considering the costs associated with it, it is not for everyone.
I guess it is best if you ALREADY plan on getting a data plan...
if you do, it is a total no brainer.
aircards are pretty expensive to begin with. even if an aircard is half the price, you might as well get the MiFi....
it does the same thing, but for 5 different computers.
you actually save money!
Pros Concept,30 day free trial
Cons Could not stay connected
Summary I could stay connected. I spent more time trying to get on the internet then I did on it.
I had it for 2 weeks and returned it to sprint.
Pros Mobile, can connect multiple devices concurrently.
Cons NO battery life indicator, battery just plain died after 4 months
Summary After 4 months of pretty routine usage (almost daily usage), the battery just dumped in the middle of an internet session (the same day the stock market crashed, incidentally). Could not revive it at all. Sprint tells me to bring it in and they'll exchange the battery or the device.
"So very pleased"on by puppyrazzi
Cons Battery heat
Summary I paid $69.99 (plus tax and free shipping) for MiFi 2200 from Truconnect Mobile Prepaid and I love it. I lightly use MiFi for Accuweather, Mapquest, Google Maps, Gmail, etc., and Google's location service for local info with my Nextbook Android tablet. I also have a Tracfone Samsung S390G that detects my new 3G hotspot. I love my prepaid lifestyle ;) The device has good battery life, about four hours. I purchased a second battery and power cord and solar trickle charger for my motorcycle.
With Truconnect I pay only for what I use, no contract, no activation fee, no termination fee, and no gimmicky upgrades. Truconnect's "access fee" is $4.99/mo (and signup month is pro-rated) and I may suspend access (no fee). Prepaid billing requires a credit card and is initially $10 and the $4.99 pro-rated access fee (mine was $1.86) is deducted. Usage is billed at 3.9cents per MB. When the $10 is used up another $10 is automatically charged. Or I can choose to increase that to $20 or $30. If I don't use my account for awhile it's no problem, the prepayment rolls over. I can see every instance of usage billing with Truconnect's online account. I also installed the Android MiFi app that shows real-time usage in both MB's and cost and it matches identically with Truconnect's usage billing.
An example of what usage in MB is, I just checked Accuweather, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail and that was 4.3 MB and cost me 0.168 cents. I'd like to point out I won't watch movies or listen to Sirius Radio because that would be expensive, but the speed is that good and you have those options. I checked out Sprint prepaid... but there is no such thing, they require a contract that offers 3GB $35/mo or 10GB $70/mo. Verizon had slightly higher pricing for that data but they didn't require a contract. I found I have many choices for my hotspot needs and made my decision based on my lite usage. With Truconnect's MiFi. I'm 100% satisfied and you've read my positive review today.
Pros It is smaller than an empty wallet, and it has been running for 6 + months being used by the family. Three computers are running for 4+ hours per day. It beats satellite internet option hands down. Running Skype, email, online videos often.
Cons It runs "HOT", and has me concerned on longevity of the product. Portability can attribute to "Losing It". Other users have commented on battery life. Do not use 3G for high volume business.
Summary The MiFi2200 is a good unit. It can run 23.97 hours per day for > 6 months so far by the family(3+)computers often. The "HOT" temperature leaves some concern on the longevity of the product. Be cautioned on battery life from the other reviews. We are in an area without DSL/Cable. The kid and wife screamed for 3 hours a day with satellite internet, now they only scream about 3 minutes per day in peak hours. VOIP, streaming videos is all good for the most part. Remember that the complaints other than battery life, and heat are most likely ISP (throttling) related. This unit is always in one location of the house, but can be placed anywhere.