I got the Tattoo 4G Superstick last April 4 and took it out for a spin so I can come up with a definitive review. The device is powered by Globe’s 4G technology. Its retail box shows that its capable hitting 7.2Mbps and can accomodate up to 8 wifi-connected devices.

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The retail box of the Tattoo 4G Superstick contains the following:

  • Tattoo 4G Superstick (Huawei Mobile Wifi E5331)
  • 1,500 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
  • User Guide
  • Safety Information

The 4G Superstick is a Huawei Mobile Wifi E5331. The device’s semi-matte hard shell was minimally marked with Globe Tattoo designs. The included 1,500 mAh battery was enough for me to use it for more 5 and half hours at 3G speed.

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As mentioned in my previous article, installation was pretty straightforward: all I needed to do was put on the sim and battery, installed the driver for initial setup and configured it through its neatly designed web-based admin panel (through 192.168.1.1 default router IP).

Please do note though that the Tattoo Superstick offers 2 ways to connect to the internet – Auto and Manual. It is advisable to use Manual mode if you’re subscriber to time-based network service. I advise that you initially connect via Manual mode so you can also access the web management page and customize your device’s SSID and change your password.

The steps I previously related is an example of connecting to the net via Manual mode. Otherwise, if your prepaid account has enough credit and if you’re planning to surf the net momentarily, it’s best to use Auto mode and subsequently shut it off once you’re done.

There’s a reset switch that you can poke should you encounter any problems while setting it up or in case you forgot your password.

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There is also a Quick Setup Wizard available on the web management page to facilitate you in initializing your mobile router.

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Unfortunately, during my tests, I never got the chance to switch the device to 4G as it’s locked to 3G. I find this quite strange as this is marketed as a prepaid 4G stick, but it’s 4G toggle is switched off by default. (If you guys were able to switch on this feature on prepaid, please let me know in the comments section below.)

Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 11.44.42 AMThe superstick delivers decent 3G speeds during my 3 tests. Again, it’s quite unfortunate that I was not able to test this on 4G. I was hoping that I’d get 4 to 7mbps, but during my 3 tests, I only got an average of 2.07 mpbs – again, decent on 3G connection.

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I just really hope that all telcos would be able to provide true 3G and even 4G speeds eventually. Based on Radio-electronics.com, here are the Max Download and Upload speeds for WCDMA, HSPA/+ and LTE:

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As this device is also a mobile router, you can also use this as a means to connect devices. This device truly helped me especially during my speaking engagements where I use my iPhone to connect to my iPad or Macbook through the Superstick and play media or control my presentations.

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The stick may also be used to send and receive SMS.

Valued at PhP2,895, the 4G Superstick’s cool packaging and promising features may be marred with 4G connection issues, but you wouldn’t be too disappointed with the 3G speed it can deliver. Compared to other 3G sticks out there, this superstick gives off connection speed fairly better especially in Makati, Ortigas and in some areas in Cubao.

My experience may be different from you guys! If you’re using similar device on prepaid, please share your experience in the comments section below.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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