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Osprey 2 (Alcatel Y853) 4G Pocket Router Review

We had introduced the first generation Osprey MiFi last year and now the second generation comes out and it’s named EE Osprey II (or Osprey 2) Mini router. It’s customized by the network provider EE in UK. Also like Osprey MiFi, it’s also from the vendor Alcatel One Touch. The first Osprey MiFi comes from the factory model Alcatel Y855 and now the Osprey 2 comes from the Alcatel Y853.

Alcatel Y853 Ospray 2 4G Mini Router


Frankly speaking, the two Osprey MiFi are similar on appearance and even functions. The Osprey 2 MiFi also has a SIM card slot, with a valid SIM card, user can access internet freely. Up to 10 wireless terminals could connect to the Osprey 2 and surf. The Osprey 2 mini router is in pocket size and user can take it easily in hand or pocket. It’s a good partner for business men or traveler to take it around the world.   The colors of Osprey 2 router is very attractive, in black body and colorful round edge. The outside edge is surrounded by a bright yellow slightly rubbery plastic that gives a little protection from drops. Going around the edge one side has the power button that also serves as a 4 LED power level indicator, the second has a sim draw for the nano sim – this takes a tool to lever open. The third side has a microUSB and full size USB port as well as a recessed reset switch and the fourth side is blank.


Alcatel Y853 Ospray 2 4G Mini Router


On the top size, the EE logo is printed and the LEDs show the strength of the network signal which is connected to. It also shows the 3G or 4G connection and if you have any SMS messages on the account. On the back sticker, we can see the model number, WiFi name and password for WiFi.   The Osprey 2 mini router could support peak download speed to 100mbps and upload speed to 50mbps on LTE networks available. It could support LTE network on frequency band 3, 7 and 20 (800/1800/2600Mhz), which means it could work well with almost all the countries in Europe and Asia. Sometimes, if the LTE/4G network is not available, it will automatically switch to 3G UMTS networks. With DC-HSPA+ technology, the peak download speed could reach 42mbps. The WiFi work on 802.11 b/g/n on single band 2.4GHz, 5GHz band is just missed.


Alcate Y855 Y854 Y853


The Alcatel Y853 will still use the micro SIM to get network. The battery capacity is 1500mAh, which is just enough for one day use. Here now, there are many 4G mobile hotspot with large power volume, such as Huawei E5770. The Alcatel Y853 is just OK for usual life. If you want to extend the working time, a mobile power bank may be necessary and this will be a good solution for the Osprey 2 battery concern.


Alcatel Y853 Ospray 2 4G Mini Router




What’s more attractive is that the Osprey 2 (Alcatel Y853) has a very good price for personal use. User just need pay around 100 USD to get the 4G mobile pocket router, which means the Osprey 2 is almost the cheapest 4G mobile router over the world. If you usual go outdoor, travel around the world or take trip for business, we recommend the Alcatel Y853 for you. However, if you want 4G pocket router with higher specifications, you have many options here:        


ZyXEL WAH7706 LTE Cat6 Hotspot Review

ZyXEL offers the cheap LTE-Advanced Cat6 Hotspot WAH7706 in January 2016. You can get the small portable LTE router with replaceable battery, which can reach up to 300 Mbit/s download speed. Up to 32 devices can be connected via the integrated WLAN ac simultaneously with an internet connection. The ZyXEL WAH7706 is in direct competition with other vendors such as Huawei, Netgear and Alcatel one touch. Today, we will have a look at what’s the key features of the new ZyXEL WAH7706 mobile hotspot.




  The ZyXEL WAH7706 LTE Hotspot is packed in a nondescript cardboard box. In addition to the router, a USB to microUSB cable can be found in the packaging, with which the battery can be recharged. There is also a good guide that contains all the instructions and information for controlling the WAH7706 and through many images is easy to understand. Unfortunately (but maybe only in my tester is the case) the instructions in English, and a power adapter is not included, so you need to use to an existing power supply with USB connector and the USB cable to charge the WAH7706 from PC. But it should not be a big problem because most users should always have at least one suitable power supply from their mobile phone at home.  


At first glance, the ZyXEL WAH7706 appears quite small and compact. At the sides, the device is flat, so the router is very well in hand. Overall, however, the design is very spectacular and the mirrored front is more disruptive than helpful, especially when it comes to read the small or low-light display on the front. There is the micro-USB port, so you can not connect an external LTE antenna. But you can remove and replace the rear battery, which is also not so necessarily common. The SIM card should be present in the MicroSIM format, but a nano-sim with adapter is also no problem.







LTE-Advanced Cat6

The ZyXEL WAH7706 is one of the fastest LTE router on the market, the modem allows speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s downstream and up to 50 Mbit/s upstream via LTE Category 6. The internet connection was very stable and reliable in the test, presumably a chipset from Qualcomm works in WAH7706. In Telekom's LTE network in 1800 MHz, data rates up to 200 Mbit/s could be achieved, the latency was up to 20 milliseconds in the Vodafone LTE network. Both readings are of course highly individual and depend on various external factors, ie there are some large deviations upwards and downwards. The ZyXEL WAH7706 supports LTE bands 3, 7, 8, 20, 28 and 38 and can be used in addition to LTE, and of course UMTS and GSM networks. The use abroad is no problem, only in North America there may be restrictions on multiple vendors, as there usually different frequency ranges are used. It is generally advisable to look before buying, which frequency bands are required, if the router is to be taken more often when traveling to other countries.  


Thus the fast LTE Cat6 connection arrives and including connected terminals, of course, a powerful wireless radio module is necessary. The ZyXEL WAH7706 here offers dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, thus allowing simultaneous operation at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This is in view of the comparatively low price is not self-evident and therefore definitely worth a praise! Up to 32 devices can be connected simultaneously via WLAN with the Hotspot, which is very powerful than other similar devices. As we know, most LTE mobile hotspot could support only 10 or more to 15 wireless terminals simultaneously. The similar model Huawei E5786 is integrated a wireless extender or repeater, unfortunately this function is not available in WAH7706.    


The battery has a capacity of 2800 mAh and is easily replaceable by the user. According to ZyXEL, the WAH7706 provides thus an operating time of approximately 10 hours. The device was posted permanently in noisy environments in LTE network and has passed an Internet radio stream via WLAN. What positively noticed in connection with the battery: the appliance heats up despite persistent use only minimal, which is quite an advantage over comparable devices. The chipset seems generally to consume little energy and be mature.  





The setup and configuration of ZyXEL WAH7706 takes place via the web interface, which you easily can access by entering the IP address of the router from any browser. The web interface is simple modern decor and reacts very fast. The home page offers all important information at a glance, such as the used volume of data or the number of connected devices. There is also of course all the information about the battery status, and network technology.   The menu item "Internet" can be operated on request through only in LTE, UMTS or GSM network. In addition, of course, you can adjust the access data (APN) individually, provided that the device has not been automatically entered the correct data. Through the "Data Usage", user can store a data limit and get notified when it exceeds a certain limit, not to exceed approximately disposable in the collective volume. SMS can be sent and received, of course also, even contacts can be stored in a phone book. If a memory card is inserted, you can use the ZyXEL WAH7706 as a file server.    


The ZyXEL WAH7706 is a very good mobile LTE hotspot. In the test, the device was able to impress with a long battery life and a fast and stable Internet connection. Also, the web interface is fast, easy to use and has many features. A drawback may be the lack of connections for an external antenna for some users.    


As an alternative, other vendors also provide LTE category 6 mobile hotspot, such as Alcatel Y900, Netgear AC790s and Huawei E5786, but all of them are more expensive than WAH7706.  


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4G LTE Smartphone Review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is considered little sister of the Galaxy S4 and is generally somewhat poorer specification therefore. With LTE, a Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor and a high resolution Super AMOLED display, the S4 mini keep his promise almost. Except for a few small drawbacks, the "mini" version is all compact and above all, cheaper than the S4.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (4)


However, the "mini" attribute does not just happen on partly weaker components. So the smartphone acts relatively small, the screen size is 4.3 inches but larger than, for example, the Apple iPhone 5. What the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini otherwise distinguished and where important differences for the greater S4 are, learn in this overview.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (3)



Features and characteristics of the Galaxy S4 mini with LTE
Name & Manufacturer Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, GT-i9197
Important performance data:
CPU (cores, clock) 1.7GHz Krait dual-core (2 cores)
CPU name Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400
random access memory 1.5GB
internal memory 8GB
operating system Android OS version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Display size; resolution 4.3-inch Super AMOLED, 540 x 960 pixels
camera 8 Megapixel resolution
Data Transfer:
LTE standards * FDD-LTE(850/1800/2600MHz) * TDD-LTE(2300MHz)
Dominated VoLTE Yes (if necessary update)
wireless Internet access Yes, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-Band
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
other standards GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA +, DC-HSPA+
Other key data:
memory card microSD, up to 64GB
GPS function Yes
battery pack 1,900 mAh
Weight; Dimensions (HxWxD) 107 grams, 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm
Release May 2013



Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (1)


Enough power even for higher claims  


After the predecessors Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4 excellent sales, Samsung has launched the S4 mini, a smaller but still very powerful smartphone. In contrast to its bigger brother, the screen size falls while out noticeably shorter, 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display is convincing nonetheless. Even with the lack of HD resolution, the display is very rich in contrast and sharp. Expands to the comparison, to the overall performance of the phone, it will be appreciated that savings are made ​​in the processor. For the South Koreans set a 1.70 GHz Snapdragon 400 Plus dual-core processor instead of a quad-core processor with 1.9 GHz. Due to the small display, however this is perfectly adequate to support the device and any applications.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (7)


The Galaxy S4 mini is also equipped with a removable battery, and an integrated storage space of 8, 16 or optionally 32 GB. About a built-in microSD card reader, the memory can be expanded up to 64 GB. The entire body is made of sturdy polycarbonate and is available in black, brown and white available, so end customers come with an affinity for design at their expense. With 107 grams the device falls out easily and is due to the good processing well in hand. The 8-megapixel camera with full HD camcorder, LED flash on the back and 1.9 megapixel on the front serve their purpose, although the quality is better suited for snapshots. The only negative is the lack of a CMOS sensor and a non-constant available autofocus.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (6)


When it comes to Internet and mobile data, the S4 mini comes not too short. It supports LTE network and achieved with the right contract download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s and a maximum of 50 Mbit/s upstream. Besides LTE, UMTS/3G, and the reception of WiFi support, you can smoothly browse the home network or in those of the wireless service provider either.  


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (2)


Just like the S4, the S4 mini is with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and TouchWiz user interface is delivered, which is developed by Samsung. As additional software Samsung installs the applications "S Translator", "S Health" and "S Travel" on the device. Moreover, you get a wide range of games and other apps from the Google Play store, followed by Samsung Hub, which lets you take charge retrievable movies, games and music to complete. Use the above components working Android 4.2.2 excellent liquid and the apps are loaded and processed surprisingly quickly. The former of course strongly dependent on the own Internet connection.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (5)




The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is available from all network operators. The unit is sold at good price now at without any contract. The smartphone is particularly for the smaller purse a class alternative, but you have to expect any restrictions. If you want larger screen size and higher lever smartphone, you can check here: