[UPDATE]: This is the review of the previous Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi that Globe released.
For the new one, click HERE.
Globe has been on a roll lately. While letting people get a postpaid plan without strings in the myLifestyle No Lock Up Plan, they gave a price cut to their Tattoo prepaid WiFi devices. I already did a review on the Tattoo Mobile WiFi and a big negative for me was the lack of LTE. I can’t blame them though. At P888, it’s a great deal for your money if you want an affordable pocket WiFi with you. Now I managed to get the better prepaid WiFi device: the Globe Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi.
From the name of the device itself, it has LTE. I was really excited to try out this device! I’m glad I did because I think that it is a great partner for a digital nomad! I’m also glad that it is now at a more affordable price of P1995! You want to know why? Here’s my review on the Globe Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi!
Let me start by saying that I’ve been using this device on and off for almost 3 weeks now. (From this review forward, I will be specifying how long I’ve used a device for review.) Despite my busy life at work, I do some light browsing to pass some time. When I’m not at work, I use the Globe Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi primarily to be online when I’m outside the house. I take advantage of using this when I know that there’s no WiFi. Even when there is WiFi, it is so slow so I also take advantage of the device. I use this for posting to my blog, reading a lot of news, and watching YouTube videos.
I won’t go into detail about the look of the device since I covered that in the unboxing of this device. My focus will be on how it performs, how reliable it is, and most importantly: how fast the internet is. Let’s begin, shall we?
Performance and Battery Life
The device performs really well. Despite the random reboots that happen, I am happy with what it provides me. (I have to admit, I was really annoyed by those random reboots). I can’t say the same for its battery life though.
After around 4-5 hours of continuous use, I have to plug the device to an outlet or a computer through USB. LTE consumes a lot of power compared to 3G or HSPA+. It’s a bummer but I’m fortunate enough that it can actually last that long. Some devices last even less than that.
One thing I don’t like about WiFi devices is when they tend to lose their connection while walking around. I decided to test if the Globe Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi can do that thing less. What I did was go around IT Park while using the LTE Mobile WiFi. I then checked whether Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube would work fine.
Around 5 to 10 minutes after walking around, I found out that it can hold up well in that aspect. Despite going through the elevator and walking around, I only experienced a few problems and they just involve going up an elevator.
I also found out during the Cherry Prepaid event that the Globe Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi can connect up to 10 devices without any loss in connection speed! LTE is really capable enough to handle the sharing of internet connection to multiple devices.
All in all, the Globe Tattoo LTE Mobile WiFi is a good device you can rely on.