I've been using the Globe Tattoo Superstick Plan 1299 extensively for 3 months now and now I'm gonna write my thoughts so far with this wireless internet connection. I have to split my article though and discuss my review of the device and the online experience separately. In this part, I'll review the Superstick device that Globe has given me, the ZTE MF60.
Yugatech already wrote a review after using this device for 1 to 2 weeks so you may want to check that out too. Now, having used the device more extensively, I wrote a more comprehensive review detailing the performance of the device after using it to its limit.
The Globe Superstick looks sleek even with the Globe Tattoo icon embedded on it (even though the picture above doesn't look like it... sorry for the poor quality of the picture). The device is shaped like a soap and smaller than your average smartphone so it fits on your pocket perfectly so you can take it wherever you go. On the left side of it are the power button and WPS button along with the microSD card slot. I had to purchase the microSD separately though. When you plug it on your laptop, the device will automatically install all the necessary plugins and drivers in order for the device to work as well as the microSD to be readable. However, because of this the microSD won't work on any other non-Windows device that has USB slot like the PS3, since it won't be able to install its drivers on it.
Yugatech mentioned that originally, ZTE MF60 can support up to 8 devices, including the device in which the Superstick is plugged in as USB but it seems that Globe has put a limitation on their Supersticks so that only 6 devices can connect to them. It could be a way to control the amount of bandwidth that is allocated for each subscriber. It should also be noted that you can be as far as 10 meters from your Superstick and still detect its signal, depending on your wi-fi device.
Once you snap your sim card it automatically configures Globe access point for postpaid, which saves a lot of hassle. After that you turn the wireless router on and you connect your wi-fi device to it and configure the rest of the settings like SSID, security mode, etc. via the web interface which is the same for all devices - 192.168.0.1. Take note that when you connect the Superstick via USB and install all the necessary drivers and software, a Globe Tattoo icon will be included in your program list which also opens the said web interface. Select Quick Settings on the menu for an easy straightforward setup.
Connecting to internet is like a breeze. The router connects to Globe's network for around 15 seconds and then you're good to go. You can check all the details of your connection on the web interface like the type of signal that you're getting, RSSI, cell ID or whatever.
Performance is probably the aspect that I'm not very impressed with the ZTE MF60. It seems that the device is not designed for long use unless you snap it on your laptop as USB. The average battery life is roughly 5 hours, and the device drains faster depending on your internet activity and the number of devices connected to it. If you're downloading a lot, the device will easily dry out in under 3 hours. When the device is under 50% battery charge, the signal and internet experience is degraded drastically so there are times that I plug it in to its charger just to keep my downloads and browsing smooth. The bad thing is, if you keep using it while charging, the charging stops at a certain point and the device never gets fully charged. You have to stop using it and turn it off (or let it go to sleep mode) if you want to fully charge it. A lot of other users are reporting this as well and there are reports that it doesn't charge at times unless you take off the battery first and snap it back.
Overheating is also an issue with this device. Especially if you're downloading a lot, the device gets hot pretty easily. And when the device gets really hot, it malfunctions and kind of hangs. When you disconnect and reconnect it, you'll get a "connection failed" error. You have to cool it down a little for you to continue using it. Fortunately, this doesn't happen a lot when it is plugged in to charger or USB. However, I'm a little dubious about the life of the device if I continue to use it like this. I'm locked in to Globe Superstick plan for 24 months and I don't feel like the device is gonna live that long.
I haven't used a CRC9 antenna with it yet, but I'm thinking that it might help alleviate the overheating problem. If I have the money, I really want to buy the Huawei E586 and compare it with this device. I'm not very satisfied with ZTE MF60's performance so far, but if you're not a heavy internet user like me then this device definitely does what it's supposed to do.
The next part of this review will discuss Globe's network performance with the Superstick, the speeds that I'm getting in different places, and the HSPA+ signal.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
If you want to read the part 2 of this article, check the link below:
Want to use the Globe Superstick for PS3 online gaming? Check out my article here:
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