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Nokia Booklet 3G

Nokia World 2009 Live Report
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Netbook sales are skyrocketing and everyone wants to take a piece of the pie. Nokia is no different. What Nokia also has is great connections with the network operators (US excluded). The company has learned their lesson from the multimedia tablets and realized that making good hardware and selling it are two different things. Not to duplicate their mistake again, the new Nokia Booklet 3G is pretty much a netbook with 3G connectivity built-in. This way, selling it in large quantities will be a lot easier task – give it to the carriers, which will subsidize it, the users will buy it at a very low cost, pay their monthly data plans and everyone is happy! 

We always credit where credit is due and Nokia did a superb job with the design and appearance of the Booklet 3G. The whole body is one piece aluminum alloy; making is lighter and sturdier. We wished we had an Apple Mac air to snap a few comparison shots, but all we had was Samsung NC10. Take a look at the pictures and you’ll see what we are talking about – about 0.78 inches (2mm) width. Despite utilizing a huge 16 cell battery, the weight is about 2.65 pounds (1.2 kg). 

In terms of connectivity options, it has everything one can expect like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3 USB ports and interestingly HDMI port which we usually see in more mid-range laptops. In addition, the Booklet 3G also packs a GPS receiver.

The first time we saw the keyboard, we were like – that is very small. Once though we actually used it and compared it to the NC10’s, we were relieved. Typing is extremely easy and comfortable once you get used to it. The actual keys are smaller compared to the ones on the NC10 and are very similar to the Mac Air’s keyboard. 

When it comes to screen size, it is all about personal preference. We would have been happier with 11.6”, but still 10.1” is great. The actually screen quality is good, but not extraordinary and set at the highest brightness is pretty much the same as on the NC10. What we liked how the screen could be tilted to become almost flat with the table. 

Nokia World 2009 Live Report
Nokia World 2009 Live Report
Nokia World 2009 Live Report
Nokia World 2009 Live Report

The battery life is touted to be about 12 hours, which of course really depends on what you do. If you start playing 720p video, it would be less. Still, that is about an hour more compared to ASUS Eee PC 1101HA (it is only 1.3 GHz though). As of now, Nokia does not have plans to offer extended batteries. Because of its design and aluminum construction, the Booklet 3G does not need a cooling fan, which of course saves energy as well. 

In terms of processing power, a Z530 single CPU processor running at 1.6 is used. The clean Windows 7 ran very snappy like is does on most netbooks. The memory is 1 GB with no possibility for expansion. The same goes for the hard drive, which is 120 GB. 

Even though the netbook features a GSM module, phone calls cannot be made. The hot-swappable SIM card is used only for data connections. 
 
All things considered, we like the Booklet 3G mainly because of its design. If you are constantly on the road or need connectivity places where there is no Wi-Fi, and don’t want to plug those external data USB keys, you should consider it. If you just like the cool and sleek design and want to pay more for it – consider it. If you demand to watch 720p content on it – consider it. Everyone else can get similarly equipped one for twice less money. 
 

Nokia Booklet 3G next to Samsung N10
Nokia Booklet 3G next to Samsung N10
Nokia Booklet 3G next to Samsung N10
Nokia Booklet 3G next to Samsung N10

Nokia Booklet 3G next to Samsung N10






Nokia N900

N900 left, N810 right - N900 next to E75

N900 left, N810 right

N900 next to E75

N900 next to E75

The 770, Nokia’s first Internet Tablet was announced about 4 years ago. It did not have keyboard or a GPS and was primarily designed for Internet browsing. The N800 brought some improvements, then the N810 come with a keyboard for more convenient typing. In our reviews we liked them as devices to put on your bed table and read something before falling asleep, but didn’t think that a lot of people will like the idea of carrying one with them just to be able to browse the net when in a Wi-Fi area, chat and play any of the few games available for the Maemo platform. Everyone was trying to converge products into one, not make us carry more and more stuff.

With the new Nokia N900, the Finnish phone manufacturer goes the right way. The most important change in our opinion is adding a GSM module to it. This way Nokia takes down two rabbits with one shot. The first one is having it sold through carriers (subsidized). Secondly, there is no need to carry a tablet and phone any longer. Using the carrier’s GSM network, the N900 can browse the net anywhere, and can be used as a handset as well. Add the completely revamped interface and you actually get a very decent internet… computer (no, Nokia does not call it that way). Even though Nokia tries to present the N900 as yet another part of the tablet family, with just added phone functionality, we actually see it as an experiment to see if they can get the developer community on-board (Ovi Store will feature Maemo applications, so devs will finally start making money for their apps) and how the consumers will react to the “new” operating system.

Starting with the design, the N900 looks just as a regular phone with a large display. That is because instead of the 4.1” screen of the N810, the new one is only 3.5”, as big as on the iPhone. This helps for rather normal dimensions, allowing it to be fit into a pocket. Luckily, the screen resolution is kept the same as before and is WVGA (800x480 pixels).

Being an internet device with just added phone functionality, the regular on most phones send and end keys are missing here. Actually, there are no keys on the front at all. In order to make a phone call, you have to go to the phone menu and do it from there. Still, it packs an earpiece and a microphone, so you can hold it right next to your face while in a call, instead of using the speakerphone or a headset, as in the HTC Advantage X7510. Thumbs up for Nokia.

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Nokia World 2009 Live Report


Stereo speakers are located on each side of device.  The 3.5mm headset jack and the stylus are on the right. Our only gripe when it comes to the design is about the top key row on the sliding QWERTY keyboard, which is too close to the edge of the top slider.  Well, we’d prefer a 5-row keyboard instead of a 3-row one, but it is better than nothing. The 5-megapixel camera with a kick-stand around it are located on the back.

The N900 runs on the new Maemo 5 platform, which offers revamped user interface, looking sleeker than before. There are total of 7 home screen pages, very similar to the Android ones. They house different widgets, which can be moved around and arranged as you like. Clicking on the top left corner of the home screen invokes the task switcher, which also looks very contemporary. The Mozilla-powered Internet browser is better than before, with a more intelligent zoom that can be controlled with a circular gesture (kinda funny, isn’t it). It packs Flash 9.4 and can be used not only for YouTube videos, but also for Vimeo or almost any Flash content, including our 360-degrees view!

Nokia World 2009 Live Report
Nokia World 2009 Live Report
The whole UI is very visually pleasing and easy to use. We really like a comment from a fellow journalist here at the show – “Maemo 5 looks like what Symbian should have been”.  Still, it is not nearly as popular and the apps for it are not all over the place. If Nokia keep on pushing new Maemo devices (including real phones), we think it can definitely find its place under the sun and become one of the smart phone operating systems, next to the other newbies.

Nokia N900 Specifications

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. pureland (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Jul 2009)


The booklet looks wonderful. Great design! I also find the protruded buttons of the keyboard cool. I guess they will be very comfy to use.

posted on 02 Sep 2009, 12:22

2. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)


Hopefully the n900 will be able to go on hulu. if it can, totally awesome!!!

posted on 03 Sep 2009, 00:13

3. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


omg. the x6 is THE SHIT!!!!!!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2009, 18:42

6. vulgar (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)


that phone looks amazing.. why cant verizon ever get a good nokia phone like these ones.. very depressing.

posted on 03 Sep 2009, 01:57

4. tausuddin (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


i want the n900 now i think its awesome even though i am a iphone user

posted on 03 Sep 2009, 09:07

5. sonisoe (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 May 2009)


am a sony ericsson fan and i'm very sad theyve been in a slump... i mean se excited us with the excellent camera capability and the walkman, to some extent track id.... but seeing nokia with such ferocious intent to stand its ground as the king of mobile, i feel even sadder.... here's the thing, generally nokia's got very good camera with the carl-zeiss lense and other functions whatever, great mp3 player, 16-million color display, looks like now great video player, integrated social-networking, much improved touch-screen (may not be iphone like, but seems v.good) and true full web-experience (see the facebook demo, it's not a "mobilephone" app, it appears the way it appears on your computer), but the grand daddy of it all is nokia messaging with black-berry like push capability.... so far manufacturers can easily do one better than the other in those things like camera, audio player, video, screen-display etc, but none of them have been able to deliver bb true push... but now nokia can (at least a bit later when its out of beta)... in fact, to be honest without true-push, bb will be the first victim to see their demise...as bb is arguably the worst mobile phone, i mean the interface (the icons, font type, etc etc) is just plain bad, the design well is too "corporate" if not bad as well......so honestly, all these features packed in the always aspiring design, is there a better phone than Nokia....

posted on 07 Oct 2009, 06:04

10. gawakita (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


you are right Nokia is a reliable phone & most durable. I tried Samsung G600, SE 850 but I regret it because quality is not on par with Nokia. My Nokia 5200 stand the test of time. So Nokia X6 will be mine. Thanks

posted on 05 Sep 2009, 17:45

7. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 147; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


Nokia PLEASE dont let Tmobile cripple this phone. Do as apple and not let the carrier kill the phone!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2009, 17:55

8. tdanner88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


did any body catch the contacts part? notice how theres 5? maybe we got it comin to tmobile! and i got less than a year left in my contract, wooooooooooooooo!

posted on 08 Sep 2009, 15:06

9. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 147; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


It is going to Tmobile usa, it has 1700 3g and it already confirmed by Tmobile, I have a friend high up in Tmobile.......

posted on 07 Oct 2009, 06:05

11. gawakita (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


Nokia X6 be here in Canada okay?

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