I just did?
Um, my phone cost under £500 SIM free, and not only does it work perfectly as a WiFi access point (as in there is literally nothing else I could ever imagine it needing to do), but it's also, you know, a phone. People have one anyway, and I really can't understand why anyone would ever need a standalone portable wifi access point. Can you give me a real world example?
Not the greatest comparison, your phone is around £700 sim free. If you compare this to the netgear m5 which is currently priced around six to seven hundred pounds, there’s no contest, the dlink beats it on price and offers a similar performance.
This was between London and Manchester. Also worked fine in a large hotel room. I just can't think of a single realistic situation where I'd ever need more than my phone's hotspot. I mean, maybe if I needed to provide a hotspot in the middle of a large field for a dozen people all needing 4k Netflix.
But where was this? Take your phone into a poor signal area or have a larger wifi area to cover than a car and your phone will not cope; its antenna are NOT big enough.