Stay Productive with a Mobile-Hotspot-Capable Tablet

With a mobile-hotspot-capable tablet from Verizon, Syracuse-based developer Brian Weinreich shows how easy it is to stay productive while traveling to places without Wi-Fi.

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The user:

Brian Weinreich is a 24-year-old founder and web developer for app development agency Rounded Development. He relies on mobile technology to not only develop and test his client’s app creations, but also to maintain business matters of his own, from email to PowerPoint presentations. He lives in Syracuse, N.Y.

In this User Experience story, Weinreich tests a Verizon tablet to aid in his day-to-day business operations.

The device:

Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 (7.0)

The experience:

What do you usually do as a passenger on long car rides? Flip through magazines, listen to music or play games to pass the time? How about using your access to a 4G LTE network to cross work items off your to-do list?

With a mobile-hotspot-capable device, you can provide your Wi-Fi-only devices with Internet connectivity—even when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.

Brian Weinreich, founder and web developer for the Syracuse N.Y.-based app development agency Rounded Development, turned his Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 (7.0) into a mobile hotspot so he could keep working away from the office—even during a four-hour car ride to New York City.

“My friend was driving, so I enabled the 4G hotspot [on my tablet],” Weinreich says. “My other friend and I sat in the backseat doing work. It was kind of funny having Internet while driving down I-90. We got more than three hours of work done!”

Devices such as the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) can act as a hotspot for up to 10 devices, so Weinreich could share Internet access with his friend (who is also his business partner), connect the laptops to the hotspot and work away. For the few spots in the road that 4G LTE coverage wasn’t available, the 3G coverage kicked in. The data used by all devices connected to the hotspot was simply charged against Weinreich’s monthly data allowance.

“When traveling in general, it came in handy to pull up a hotspot quickly and either use the tablet itself for Internet access, or as a mobile hotspot for my computer,” Weinreich says, as he’s oftentimes preparing for meetings with clients. Weinreich uses his laptop computer when creating complex documents or putting together presentations.

Though his experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) was his first time using a mobile hotspot, Weinreich was surprised at how easy it was to use. “You literally just go into your Settings and turn the hotspot to On. Then, once I saved my hotspot password on my computer, the two devices would just connect automatically. It was really handy.”

With an easy setup and a reliable network, a mobile device’s hotspot feature can save the day when you need access to the Internet while away from the office. The only downside: Now you don’t have an excuse for being unproductive!

This article was written by an author contracted by Verizon’s Insider's Guide to provide helpful information on wireless technology. The thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the author may not necessarily reflect those of Verizon Wireless.

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