My new best friend: pocket-sized wireless router

I’m probably the last person who doesn’t have an iPhone or Android phone yet – and I also want to keep it that way. At the same time I have to admit that I was always a bit jealous of the ability to quickly look stuff up on the web. After all, I already have a number of web-enabled devices.

True, there are USB stick that you can use to connect your laptop to the web, but to me that always felt like a crutch . Then, the other day, I discovered what I had been looking for all the time: a wireless router that is small enough to fit into a pocket. And I love it!

Connects up to five devices

Hauwei E5 wireless router

Fit's in the palm of my hand - the Hauwei E5 wireless router.

It’s called “Huawei E5” (marketing clearly had no say in this) and I bought it through my local mobile phone provide for 120 Euros. In addition you need a SIM card and obviously some kind of data-plan.

What I like about it is that it is not SIM-locked so I can easily switch this SIM card for another if I’m abroad.

I can connect up to five devices to it, which is great if you are meeting for an impromptu work-session with someone in a cafe where there is no wifi.

The maximum download speed is 7.2 MBit but that depends on what kind of wireless signal you have at your location. If HSUPA or 3G is not available, it’ll switch to whatever speed is. I tried it while being in the train and it was still good enough to browse the web (slowly) and send or receive emails.

Meager battery life

The only negative thing I can say about it is that battery life is not great. It’s only good for about four hours. Considering that it’s basically just a small transmitter the batter life should be much better than that. But it charges through USB and wall socket so it’s not a huge issue.

I’ve had it for around for about a week now – always in my carrier bag – and I think it’s great. In Germany O2 is selling it, but you can fit any SIM card into it so there is no reason to be tied to a specific provider.