Excerpt: You might think MikroMikko is the name of some Asian fusion restaurant, but it was actually Nokia's first computer line -- and in 1987, the MikroMikko 3 was a state-of-the-art MS-DOS machine with 1MB of RAM and 20MB drive. It's been about 25 years since Nokia's made a computer bigger than an N900 , but it's back in the game with its first netbook, the Booklet 3G.
Pros: Very sturdy aluminum build, Comfortable rubberized keyboard, Nice quality HD display
Cons: Slow 4,200rpm hard drive, Sluggish everyday performance, Very expensive compared to other netbooks
Excerpt: Yes, we know, it’s just another netbook. The proverbial device that technology companies are getting meth-like shakes over left and right. One wrinkle on this story, though, is that it’s the first to be released by a phone manufacturer. Called the Booklet 3G, there’s no doubt the device’s roots stem from the world of cellphones. That said, based on its specs, it will definitely be a laptop instead of some terrible smartphone-computer-bastard-love child.
Conclusion: The Nokia Booklet 3G finished the test track and our overall verdict is fair to middling. The aluminum case convinces at first glance, but then shows clear weaknesses. The lacking option for exchanging or upgrading hardware, the tiny input devices and the screen are lame. In contrast to that, the list of positive aspects is a lot shorter and includes the 3G UMTS module , the somewhat bigger scope of delivery, the low noise emissions and the battery life as well as power...
Pros: Built-in 3G UMTS module, Given scope of delivery, Practical power adapter, Low noise emissions, Impressive battery life and power consumption, The good battery life, the low emissions and the built-in 3G UMTS module ex-factory.
Cons: Poor workmanship, No upgrade options, Small input devices, Glossy display layer, Average display brightness and contrast, Weak application performance, Moderate stereo speakers, High price despite obsolete hardware
Review: Nokia Booklet 3G review - part 1, design and hardware
All About Symbian
2 April 2010
Summary: The Nokia Booklet 3G, a 'mini-laptop' running Microsoft Windows 7, represents a new direction for Nokia and its expanding product portfolio. In part 1 of our Nokia Booklet 3 review, Rafe offers a short introduction and look at the overall design and hardware. Part 2 will examine the Booklet's performance and software, before considering the Booklet 3G's market positioning and drawing some overall conclusions.
Review: Nokia Booklet 3G review - part 2, performance, applications, conclusion
All About Symbian
2 April 2010
Summary: Rafe looks at the performance of the Nokia Booklet 3G, offers a quick overview of the software and draws some overall conclusion in part 2 of our Booklet review. Part 1 covered the design and hardware of the Nokia Booklet 3G .
Conclusion: Ultimately the Nokia Booklet 3G is a very nicely designed piece of kit with some practical compromises that I find it hard to see a place for. Apple has the advantage that only they make their systems. If Nokia had produced something that was truly unique to this device, even as far as a custom OS then maybe it would be a different story.
Summary: If you perform the most basic tasks (email, text editing) and need a small laptop with an amazing battery life, the Nokia Booklet 3G is worth looking at. However, you will pay for these qualities in performance. The computer is even slower than recent Netbooks, mainly because of its hard drive performance and small memory size, I suspect. Additionally, there’s not easy way to upgrade either of these and Nokia offers only a single model.