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Nokia Booklet 3G Review

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The Nokia Booklet 3G comes with Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium (like our unit) and we definitely prefer the OS to the now obsolete Windows XP. What you get preinstalled is MS Office Small Business Edition with 60 day trial and F-Secure Internet Security 2010 with 30 day trial. We are not fans of computers clogged with trial and demo versions of whatever software, but in this case we would have liked to see Nokia Ovi PC Suite as well, because the Booklet 3G sports an Atom Z530 processor that needs about 17 minutes to install the 95MB software pack. The hardware resources are virtually similar to those of typical netbooks and the Booklet 3G is entirely useable (but low-spec) computer. Windows 7 will suggest that you turn off transparency the minute you power the device, because it slows down the gadget and we strongly advise that you accept.

The built-in aGPS is an extra feature that is quite rate rare with portable computers, so the Nokia Booklet 3G can one day be referred to as a navigational device equipped with 10-inch display and QWERTY keyboard, when the corresponding software has rolled out, of course. Nokia is expected to release the necessary Ovi Maps version soon and supposedly, it will come with the same maps the cell phone edition is equipped with. The netbook version is, however, still unavailable.

The built-in 3G modem performs great – just plug in your SIM card, enter the necessary settings (APN, username and password) and that´s all, you´re connected to the internet.

The combination of a slow processor and mediocre video chipset means you don´t have proper HD video playback. We managed to play a video with resolution of 1280x700 pixels, but the skipping of frames was more than just occasional and it´s just too bad the device is not based on Nvidia´s ION platform. Sound through the loudspeakers is not anywhere close to what normal speakers deliver, but is passable for Skype chat sessions and both the built-in microphone and camera are good enough for that as well.

Nokia Booklet 3G Review
Aside from design itself, one of the major strengths of the Nokia Booklet 3G is its 16-cell battery with capacity of 56.8Wh that paired with the low power consumption of the sluggish processor equates to almost 12 hours of uninterrupted work, at least according to the manufacturer. During our tests we played a video at above average screen brightness (normal level for watching indoors) and a fully charged battery provided over 6 hours of continuous playback. Compare that to the Samsung NC10 and its 6-cell battery that keeps the gadget operational for up to 4 hours (8 according to Samsung). Most impressive performance indeed, not to mention the Booklet 3G can work for almost 8 hours if connected to the Internet (that´s what netbooks are all about, aren’t they?) and we rarely needed to bring along the charger during our tests.


Conclusion:

The Nokia Booklet 3G is a high-end netbook – it looks appealing, comes with proper battery, costs an arm and a leg… and that’s all. We do like its appearance, but the mediocre performance makes its relatively high price tag (of almost $300 on a two-year AT&T contract and, can we have your attention please, retail price of $600) unjustifiable. If you happen to be on the lookout for a decent netbook and you´re willing to pay extra for appealing design and extended battery life, the Booklet 3G is just what you need. There aren’t many alternative options available and the Sony Vaio P is the only gadget in the sea of look-alike netbooks we can think of – it´s a bit more expensive, comes with worse battery life, but with really pocket size as well. In our own lights, however, a netbook should be affordable. 

Pros

  • Robust battery
  • Small in size and quality built
  • 1280x720 pixels resolution

Cons

  • Feeble Atom processor
  • High price compared to other netbooks
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