If you live in a country where you have been spoilt with amazing Wi-Fi connectivity and are planning on venturing into a part of the world that doesn’t provide you with the same kind of cocooned existence, the Novatel MiFi Liberate might be just the right kind of thing for you. The touchscreen device is being dubbed the first of its kind mobile access point that doesn’t require connection to a computer to be set up.
What the gadget basically does is that it allows you to use your cellular network to access the internet. Folks in the third world have been doing that for almost a decade now but this particular device provides you with the freedom to access the closest cellular tower to configure your Wi-Fi devices to get online. The gadget is aimed at folks that simply aren’t used to living without Wi-Fi connectivity and provides a wired broadband level performance with around 20.66 Mbps upload speed and 19.70 Mbps download speed. Of course the device’s performance may vary with the service provider you are using.
The Novatel MiFi Liberate however does come with a brilliant capacitive LCD touchscreen measuring 2.8-inch that is easy to navigate around in. The device returns around 10 hours of performance per full charge. Just like smartphones, the device reorients itself when you move it around. When you connect a bunch of devices via the DLNA, you can share music, photos and movies by accessing the same microSD card used on the device even though a card reader does the same trick if you have a little time and some patience to share it with others. At $49.99 a pop, the MiFi Liberate sure isn’t cheap and you will have to shell out a few extra bucks in monthly tariff for LTE connectivity.