The Franklin USB EV-DO card is perfect for readers with laptops that don't have a PCMCIA or ExpressCard slot, or those with tablets, PDAs, and UMPCs. This goes directly into the USB slot, unlike the Novatel, which had a separate cable but looks bit bulky in comparison. Franklin's solution seems a bit more compact.

Performance on the Sony device that Dave tested it with seemed pretty good. The only problems we can see with it is the delicate-looking antenna and the fact that it's directly connected to the USB port instead of with a cable like Novatel's. A slight bump would probably rip the card right out of the USB socket, something that's bound to happen at least once or twice in a mobile device.

First Look: Franklin Wireless USB EVDO Card [Mobility Today]