Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nokia takes on the Netbook Market with Booklet 3G

It sure is a sign of the times when the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile phones weighs into the netbook market. The Nokia Booklet 3G is a slick, light companion for those who can't leave their computer at home. Whilst we are still exploring pros and cons of this breakthrough system, we would like to share some initial impressions for those who just want to know the quick facts and gut reactions. 

Form factor Apart from being only 1.25kg, the booklet comes with a small but sufficient sized keyboard. It's just the layout that takes a little while to get used to. The shift key for lefties will be a little out of reach for the pinky and the up and down arrows are a little hard to discern from the shift key on the right. 

Power Running on an Intel Atom, you do not expect lightning speed but those purchasing the Booklet 3G are generally not looking for outstanding performance. It runs very well on Windows 7 starter and handles web browsing flawlessly.

Portability There are two types of users of laptops and that's why the netbooks came out. Some people have turned laptops into desktops while others do not like lugging 3kg around. For these people, the booklet 3g makes a lot of sense. It's featherweight means you can carry it around with one hand and treat it literally like a notebook (you know, those hardcopy ones with a spiral binder). 

There were so many instances that I chose packing the Booklet 3G than my "light" Dell XPS 1330 which weighs 1.8kg. Compared to the Booklet 3G, my 13.3" laptop looked like a giant! Having tried the Booklet 3G, I have been left with an itch which seems to be only satisfied with buying one for myself. And it wasn't just me. 

A taste of things to come? The Booklet 3G surely conquered with its size and its slickness but I felt that the booklet did not make the most of its distinctive niche. It is different from a Netbook in that it has a 3G sim card slot as well as an in built GPS. However, Nokia did not pack anything that really brought out the potential of a netbook-with-GPS. The Windows7 Nokia GPS gadget showed your location but did not enable you to navigate with the Booklet. It would be cool to have it acting as a big screen GPS device! Also the "pc suite" for the Booklet was lacking in its ability to use the sim card inserted into the Booklet. I could surf the net using the SIM card and send SMS but I could not receive messages. It would have been good if I could make and receive calls as well. Maybe something to consider for the future, Nokia? 

Nevertheless, the size of the Booklet and the seemingly never ending power supply surely impressed many of the people around me with people asking "how much is one of those?" Well, in Australia you can't get one of those just yet. The Australian Nokia website does not even feature the Booklet 3G. In the USA, it retails at USD$549. 

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