This has been a long overdue post. Anyway, back in June 2010, I looked into the WOMWorld/Nokia website and sent a request to trial a Nokia Booklet 3G. I was excited on seeing and getting my hands on this product since I am a Nokia fan. I’ve owned several Nokia phones before and have been impressed by them, so I was curious to find out if this product (which is something new for them as they only normally make phones) would be a good one as well.
The Nokia Booklet 3G is about the size of a netbook, however Nokia doesn’t refer to it as such. They refer to it as a mini laptop.
When I first unboxed the product, I was impressed with how it looked. I fell in love with it at first sight. It had a sleek shiny black top exterior. Then when I opened it, I liked the 10.1-inch HD glass display, and the matte aluminum chassis which measured at only 2cm thin. It was also very lightweight as expected (2.7lbs).
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This product has Windows 7 running on an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor with 1GB DDR2 memory and a 120GB hard drive. The expected battery life is about 12 hours. When I tested it, I think I had it running for about 10 hours and I only had a couple browser windows open. I would say that’s really pretty good. I could have tried playing a movie on it to see if it would make a big difference on the battery life, but I was too busy to test it out like that.
One thing I liked about this mini laptop was that it was capable of running on a 3G cellular network just by inserting a SIM card in it. I have a Rogers SIM with a data plan so I tested it out with this. It worked really well right away, no need to configure anything! (See screenshot below). It is capable of download speeds up to 10.2 Mbps.
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It has three USB ports, an HDMI output port, and comes with the usual Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, which is good. It also has an integrated A-GPS which I didn’t really get to try out. The A-GPS works with the Nokia Ovi Maps. Amazingly, the Booklet 3G ran very quietly, especially since it had no fan.
The Nokia Booklet 3G isn’t available in Canada although it’s been released in the US since last year. Retailers sell it for about $600, which I think is a little bit pricey. If it was in the $400 range, it’ll probably be worth buying it.
The overall rating I would give this product is 4.5 stars out of 5.