Summary: Phase-out model. The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, ventured into the netbook sector in 2009 with the Booklet 3G. We take a look at the still available, former luxury netbook with now obsolete hardware about two years later. Read in this review where the once premium Booklet is placed today.
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, A few things! Among others, a better workmanship, appropriate input devices or even a superior display with matt surface.
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.
Review: Nokia Booklet 3G review - part 1, design and hardware
All About Symbian
1 June 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 .
The Nokia Booklet 3G - Sexy and well connected - the Gadling review
23 March 2010
Summary: Design The design is also unlike any other netbook on the market - forget cheap flimsy plastic, the Booklet 3G is designed around a single aluminum frame, and the end result is quite simply stunning. The one poor design choice is in the lid - instead of making that in the same finish as the rest, Nokia picked a glossy plastic cover - making the machine one big fingerprint magnet. I tried keeping it clean for the first couple of days, then just gave up.
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.
Summary: We typically recommended against netbooks with built-in 3G because they offer modest savings in exchange for locking you into a hefty service charge for 24 months. However, the Nokia Booklet 3G stands out from the subsidized crowd with a clean, modern design, and by offering about 8.5 hours of battery life.