By Sean Hollister, with Chris Ziegler and Joanna Stern

I have a love / hate relationship with Verizon LTE.

Our first tryst occurred in Las Vegas, as such things do, over ten months ago. I was a newly seasoned Engadget editor attending my first Consumer Electronics Show with the publication; "she" was an LG VL600 USB modem. While every other editor surfed the waves of 802.11 Wi-Fi or jacked into a physical Ethernet port, I opted to try the LG — a temporary present from a MacBook-wielding editor who discovered that OS X drivers weren't yet available. Luckily, I had a Windows machine.

I plugged in the dongle, and installed the drivers from CD. I launched Chrome; My homepage loaded instantly. One 33 megabit per second (Mbps) session later, I was hooked on LTE.