Nokia’s debut on the netbook market was met with a lot of excitement. Being the number one mobile handset maker in the world, it’s pretty interesting how they’d implement their very own netbook with the Nokia Booklet 3G.
There are four major aspects that this unit scored very high marks in my book:
Solid Design and Form Factor. The Booklet 3G is compact and solid with aluminum mostly used in the chassis construction. Obviously, Nokia took a lot of time and effort to make this device. The lid has glossy-black finish surrounded by a silver bezel. It’s sleek and slim design makes it one of the thinnest netbooks around (just 20mm).
And for the 10.1-inch size, it’s actually also very light at only 2.76lbs. Having that Nokia logo on the lid surely does attract a lot attention and surprise — yes, Nokia now makes laptops too.
The display screen is glossy and prone to fingerprints but offers better resolution (1280×720 pixels) than most other netbooks in its category.
Very Long Battery Life. The Booklet 3G has a 56,800mAh battery and the low-power Atom Z530 running at 1.6GHz offers a nice performance to save up on battery life. Even when running Bluetooth, 3G and WiFi altogether, the Booklet 3G still registers at least 6.5 hours of battery life.
With WiFi on and Bluetooth and 3G off, the notebook can handle up to 9.5 hours. Hands-down, it’s got a pretty impressive battery life (without sacrificing the design with a protruding battery compartment at the bottom).
Built-in 3G/HSDPA Modem. There’s a SIM slot on the right side of the unit. All you need to do is insert the SIM card, input the APN (access point name) of the 3G provider then click on connect to start.
There’s an indicator whether the connection is on GPRS or HSDPA so you’ll know if you’re on a fast connection or not. I’ve tried it both on Globe and Smart networks and works perfectly.
Built-in GPS with aGPS feature. Another great feature is the built-in GPS and aGPS function of the Booklet 3G. Just load up the Ovi Maps on the Windows 7 Gadgets panel.
The other specs of the Nokia Booklet 3G are pretty standard in its category. You get a 120GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, Intel GMA 500 graphics chip, WiFi 802.11n, 1.3MP webcam, 3 USB ports and even an HDMI port. The SD card reader is hidden inside a compartment slot together with the SIM card.
What’s missing is a LAN port and the back panel of the laptop is completely sealed, except for the battery pack. The only thing that bugs me with the unit is the keyboard layout (the Enter key is too small so I kept on hitting the # key beside it).
Nokia Booklet 3G is not yet officially released in the Philippines and I have this gut feeling it might not hit the country at all (I hope I am wrong). Besides, we’re not really sure how much it will cost if ever it arrives in the country. Best Buy is selling it for $199 in the US with a 3G contract and $599 without one (Php39,000 according to our source).