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iPhone 5 Review Roundup

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The iPhone 5 will be released tomorrow and strong sales are expected.  So, should you get it?  Here’s a collection of reviews to help make that decision a little easier.

CNET:

 But, if you want a great, all-around, beautifully engineered smartphone that covers all bases, here it is. Just like the MacBook is to the world of laptops, the new iPhone is one of the top three, if not the best-designed, smartphone around. It’s better in all the important ways.

TechCrunch:

Those worried about the talk of “disappointment” surrounding the iPhone 5, I suggest you simply go to an Apple Store starting on Friday and try it for yourself. My guess is you’ll immediately recognize just how ridiculous all that bluster actually is. The iPhone 5 is the culmination of Apple doing what Apple does best. This is the smartphone nearly perfected.

Engadget:

The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn’t see an upgrade over its predecessor — camera, storage capacity — one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it’s the operating system here that’s beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age.

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Review: Verizon 4G LTE MiFi 4510L

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During my time with the (deep breath…) Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L the results seemed to depend on where I was.  During a weekend in Stamford the MiFi was the only way I was accessing the web because the speeds were fantastic and much better than any WiFi that was available.  However, in Hartford I could only stick with it for a few minutes before going back to another, quicker connection.

A little over a week ago Verizon announced that 4G LTE service in Hartford had expanded to the vicinity of Hartford Hospital and along Park Street, Wethersfield Avenue, Maple Avenue, and Franklin Avenue, as well as Main Street in downtown Hartford.  Clearly, work is still being done by Verizon to improve the 4G LTE service in the Hartford area so I won’t dwell on that.

Where the coverage was strong, which apparently includes Stamford, the device was great to have.  In fact, I would have been miserable without it.  The hotel I stayed at had painfully slow Wi-Fi and the speeds provided by the MiFi were blazingly fast.

Local Coverage Map from Verizon's website

The Good:

  • When the speeds are good, they’re really good.
  • The design is solid — compact and user-friendly.  The E Ink display for signal, battery and other information looks great.
  • It can connect up to five devices at a time.
  • The battery has a very long lifespan
  • 3G service is available too for areas without 4G LTE

The Bad:

  • Could use some improvements in the Hartford area.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L is availble for $49.99 with a 2-year contract.