Huawei is one of those companies that have always been far away on my radar.
I used a 3G modem several years ago, and it didn’t work too well. Not the modems fault, as I was trying to stream video far beyond coverage in the North of Sweden. When I got the opportunity to try a new piece of hardware from Huawei I of course jumped on it expecting a new tablet, or smartphone. I actually thought the E589 was a phone when unpacking the box. The lack of touchscreen gave it away coupled with the lack of the normal features of a smartphone such as camera, and headphone jacket. It dawned on me, as I figured out what the heck this object was that it is really something quite handy.
The E589 basically takes an ordinary simcard connected to a service provider with either 3G, or 4G where available and shares it. The idea isn’t that advanced, and neither is the design of the device. It looks like a smartphone with slightly rounded corners, and a bit of plumpness to the look.
Once the simcard has been inserted you can power up the device. As there is no input you have to enter the bios settings using a Mac or PC. This has to be done to enter the pin code; otherwise you won’t have much use for it. Once the pin code is inserted the device is live. Simply connect it by choosing it as your WiFi source, and enter the number of the device. It is really easy to get it all going, and I managed to hook up an iMac, MacBook Pro, Macbook, 2 iPads, 3 iPhones and a PC to it at the same time. Sure it still had to share only a 3G connection, but for checking email and surfing the web it worked with this setup. Streaming on youtube, or downloading large games on iTunes isn’t what this is ideally for. I forgot to try out the PS Vita, and that is perhaps the device benefitting the most from this kind of solution. When only one device is connected I didn’t see any difference in speed compared to my blazing hot cable. That was when looking at page searches, and loading of news and the TouchGen website.
The design is kind of dull in my opinion since it looks like a generic Android phone. More could have been done to make it easy to understand that it is not a phone. A cube, round or even star shape would have been cool.
Another thing that I found to be missing is a case, or pouch to protect it. It comes with nothing, and I used the Bose Mobile Headset zipped pouch when riding my bike to work. In the box you only get a charger, and a quick start guide.
The Huawei E589 combines quick speeds in a small portable format. It is a great solution for a company, or the private person with multiple devices but not wanting to have multiple 3G accounts. For those with the WiFi model of the PS Vita it gives that extra portability, and you can still use your WiFi iPad to surf the web that the Vita handles so poorly. I found this to be a really exciting device, and now I want one for my summer holidays.