MiFi Liberate review: does the world need a mobile hotspot with a touchscreen?
The MiFi Liberate is a fast and long-lasting mobile LTE hotspot from AT&T, but its unreliable touchscreen encourages us to either opt for a less-fancy MiFi or tether to a smartphone instead.
- Fast speedsImpressive battery lifeGood pricing
- Unreliable touchscreenUnnecessary featuresBulky build
There are two factors that are of the utmost importance when it comes to choosing mobile hotspots: speed and battery life. Further down the list is portability, with hardware design ranking even lower. So the idea of a touchscreen MiFi struck us as a ridiculous luxury, the sort of thing we'd find in a SkyMall catalog. This is why we were intrigued by the MiFi Liberate, Novatel Wireless's first-ever 4G LTE MiFi with a built-in touchscreen. While it might seem like a gimmick, the interface does, in fact, provide quick access to vital stats like data usage. Novatel wasn't content to leave it at that, though: the Liberate has features we would never dream of adding to a MiFi, including media streaming, GPS and even a basic messaging app. Fortunately, the addition of such features don't inflate the price: it's available for $50 with a new two-year agreement with AT&T. How well does it all work? Join us after the break for our review.
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