Nokia 3G Netbook Booklet Review

by Abhishek on March 9, 2010

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When Nokia announced Nokia Booklet 3G, I was the one who was most excited to get my hands on when ever I get it. Some days back I got Nokia Booklet 3G for review, it was with me for around 30 days. I use it and carried it various events like Tedx and other bloggers meet, it was so light to carry as compared to my bulky windows laptop and so easy to carry and a great portable device.

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Nokia Booklet 3G comes with Windows 7 Starter, with a price tag of $299 on a 2-year AT&T wireless broadband contract or $599 without contract unsubsidized.

Following are complete hardware specification on Nokia Booklet 3G

Processor – 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530

Memory – 1GB, 533MHz DDR2

Hard drive – 120GB 4,200rpm

Chipset – Intel US15W

Graphics – Intel GMA 500 (integrated)

Operating system – Windows 7 Starter

Dimensions (WD) – 10.4 x 7.3 inches

Height – 0.78 inches

Screen size (diagonal) – 10.1 inches

System weight / Weight with AC adapter – 2.7/3.2 pounds

Since the day I got Nokia Netbook, I tested it on various things like portability factor, performance, build quality, keyboard and touch pad response and battery backup etc. Below is the detailed review on all these factors.

Portability Factor [ Score – 8/10 ] – I must say this is one the lightest netbook I have ever used, It is just 264 x 185 (with hinge) x 19.9 mm which makes it quite small and weighing just 1250 grams which makes it so light to carry it where ever you want to just like you carry a book.

Build Quality [ Score – 9/10 ] – It is something I am surprised to see, it has such a wonderful build quality which makes it hard and robust in the same time, it has aircraft-grade aluminium, much like the my macbook pro.

Keyboard Keys [ Score – 9/10 ] – Its keyboard is very nicely constructed and very much like solid just a good keyboards in macbook pro and sony viao laptops, the keyboard keys are nicely spaced – although the shift key is quite small but of adequate size when you compare it with other netbooks.

Touch Pad [ Score – 6/10 ] – It did not liked the touch pad much, although it provided some great features like multi touch, but when you try to use it its laggy some times when you move your fingers across the touch pad to do things quickly, but still ok to work with it.

Performance [ Score – 6/10 ] – Performance is some thing which is something I was not happy with,It has a lower-power Intel Atom Z530 instead of the usual N270 or N280 in the Booklet, and though it increases battery life, but it makes is sluggish and more slower. However the overall speed and performance is not bad as compared to the other netbooks, may it more slower due to windows 7 starter – I think it could be more faster if it has windows xp on it.

Battery Life [ Score 9/10 ] – Battery backup is some thing which is biggest Unique Selling Point according to me, yes it has a wonderful battery life which is rated at 12 hours but it lasted for around more than 7 hours when I used it for browsing and around 10 hours movie playback as we had tested.

What Else It has ? 

  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Built-in 3G modem (data calls only): WCDMA 900/2100 or 800-850/900/2100
  • Integrated GPS and A-GPS (with Ovi Maps Widget for Windows 7)
  • Accelerometer (motion sensor) (although we werent able to find anyway to actually do anything with this)
  • 56.8 Wh 16 Cell BC-1S Battery
  • Built-in 1.3 megapixel FF camera
  • HDMI port for HD video out
  • Built-in stereo speakers, and microphone
  • Analog audio output / headphone out (with OMTP headsets also functions as audio-in)
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card reader
  • SIM / USIM slot

Link To ExclusiveNokia Booklet 3G Pictures Gallery

Conclusion [ Over All Score – 8/10 ] – In short this Nokia Booklet 3G is one in the netbooks which has a beautiful design, high-resolution screen and embedded 3G connectivity — until we started waiting around for it to load Windows 7 Starter. It could a be a nice companion if you don’t expect much performance from it. However it has the best portability factor, great compact factor, great keyboard feel and an awesome build quality and these reasons are enough to buy it. 🙂

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