Ever since my ill-fated first relationship with Smart Bro a few years ago I switched over to Sun Cellular and Globe for my mobile internet requirements. A series of unfortunate experiences (a mix of long intermittent connection periods and bad customer support) led me to terminate as soon as the contract expired. However it looks like that’s the price almost all first adopters pay. As most of you know I recently signed up for the Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini postpaid plan. This is a totally new product category since it’s 4G. However it’s currently underperforming and I’m starting to get frustrated with it. During my initial tests I bought a prepaid 3G Smart Bro Power Plug-it kit for trial purposes and now I end up using it more than the 4G postpaid Tattoo.
Here are the things I like about the Smart Bro Power Plug-it:
The Smart Bro Power Plug-it is a simple dominantly black with orange highlights USB stick. It’s slim, curved, and has the indicator lights for signal and connectivity. The Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini, on the other hand, is a USB stick with a sticker saying “Tonino Lamborghini” on top. Note that the sticker isn’t that good since mine peeled off already after less than 2 months of use. 🙁
However that’s a good thing since it looks really awesome without the sticker!
Not too happy with the designs of the regular Globe Tattoo sticks. The abstract designs with weird colors just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe I’m not their target market. =_=
The Smart Bro Power Plug-it has far superior user interface (software) compared to Sun, Globe Tattoo, or the Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini. It’s easier to navigate, cooler on the eyes, and it’s definitely made for non-techies. Check out this short video comparison that I made:
The Smart Bro Power Plug-it control pannel lets you send SMS, make calls, check your balance, and of course tinker with the settings. The other USBs do some of the features I just mentioned as well but the presentation of Smart is much better.
This is what surprised me the most. I was a disgruntled Smart subscriber before and it turns out the Smart Bro Power Plug-it consistently delivers the speed that I need at home, at the office, and in most places that I go to. This may differ based on location but if you’re mostly in Greenhills, Fort Bonifacio, Ortigas (Metro Walk, Podium), and Eastwood the Smart Bro Power Plug-it is actually reliable.
The Globe Tattoo also is okay but it falters a lot in Greenhills. The same can be said for the Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini which I’ve yet to fully maximize (hoping that the HSPA+ network reaches my office in Fort and here in San Juan at the soonest).
The Smart Bro Power Plug It kit sells for P1,245 (with free 120 hours worth of load valid for 5 days) at Smart Wireless Centers nationwide.