"Fast in metropolitan areas."5.0 starson by Wombat-STL
Pros: Removable battery, Display screen, works well so far within office buildings.
Cons: No user manual provided, or mention about charging methods other than use of electrical charger. Haven't found a way yet to display month to date usage data on the unit itself. Activation directions somewhat confusing.
Summary: It is still early in the game to adequately test this device out. It came on the market less than a week ago and I have used this unit for less than 3 days. So far in a large metropolitan city Verizon's 4G network seems to be driving this at speeds showing 13 meg download and 11 meg upstream. These speeds were tested using the 3rd gen Apple iPod indoors at a downtown restaurant. While the unit is easy to use, I experienced more issues attempting to activate it due to Verizon's automated telephone service pushing me to a human being who seemed to be at a loss as to how I was routed to her, and equally challenged by this new device. I ordered this unit at the Verizon web site and as it ended up she noted that it was already configured and activated and the entire call was unnecessary (although the packaged documentation said otherwise).
I like the fact that the unit gives you access to the battery although at this time Verizon is not selling a battery at their web site that extends run time. Others seem to be offering an after market battery that can extend run time but the Verizon documentation warns about using aftermarket batteries. No mention is made of using any other charging methods other than using the electrical charger that comes in the box.
Speaking of documentation, the unit only provides a quick start manual. You have to go to the web site for the real document that is about 75 pages long.
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