Verizon MiFi 4620L Review: Perfect for Travel
The Verizon MiFi Jetpack 4620L is the perfect travel companion, delivering a fast 4G LTE connection, long battery life and overcoming areas where the early MiFi units struggled.
We’ve already reviewed the MiFi Jetpack 4620L, but this past week I took a trip to San Francisco, where I put the MiFI 4620L through the paces as a business and personal traveler.
Most smartphones can share their internet connection in a similar fashion, and the mobile hotspot function is even included on the new Verizon Share Everything plans, but a dedicated mobile hotspot is still the best solution for users who need reliable connectivity without compromising the battery and usefulness of the their phone.
The MiFi 4620L saved the day when I was stranded for 6 hours in O’Hare airport (thanks United). While the Social Barter Kings Challenge was wrapping up I was able to connect on my laptop while on the phone with a last-minute trade to complete my trade string, moving from an iPod Touch to $40,000 in NASCAR advertising, a trade that required me to be online, on Twitter and on the phone at the same time. The MiFi 4620L Jetpack was significantly more convenient than Airport WiFi.
Throughout the trip I used the MiFi 462oL Jetpack to connect to the internet for occasional work and for streaming video in the evening. Most hotels offer WiFi these days, but again it was nice to have a trusted connection to use without any additional fees.
Normally I would add a hotspot plan to my Galaxy Nexus, but using a phone as a hotspot is a good way to end up with a dead phone. I love that the huge extended battery option for the MiFI 4620L Jetpack is large enough to handle a full day of mobile use, which is one of the reasons we gave the Verizon MiFi 4620L Jetpack a GottaBeMobile Editor’s Choice Award.
The MiFi 4620L includes a number of improvements including a much nicer display that shows battery life, the current security key and signal strength. The new MiFi can also act as a hotspot while plugged into a computer to recharge, which is another great feature.
Check out my first impressions and hands on with the MiFI 4620L Jetpack to see more about these new features.
Casual users can get by with a mobile hotspot plan, but the benefits of the MiFi 4620L Jetpack’s dedicated mobile connection make it a worthwhile investment for business users.