Nokia Released its first Booklet 3G Laptop in August (2009) and now its available in Market ..
When Nokia announced its tie-up with Intel earlier in the year, few people would have expected to see a new device produced so quickly.
The last computers made by Nokia were in the 1980s, but the Booklet 3G isn’t actually made by Nokia. Nobody will tell us who the manufacturer is, but we aren’t that bothered because the design is 100 per cent Nokia.
When is a netbook not a netbook?
We’re not supposed to call the Booklet 3G a netbook, but rather a ‘mini-laptop’. Nokia believes the word ‘netbook’ conjures up the image of a low-cost, cheaply built and mass-market laptop with limited processing power and capabilities. Yet the Booklet 3G is still powered by a netbook-style Intel Atom Z530 processor, running at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. It certainly sounds like a netbook, but it definitely doesn’t look like an Eee PC.
The design, with an aluminium chassis that serves as a heat sink and enables the laptop to do away with a fan and ugly looking vents, is up there with the latest MacBook family. In fact, while Apple has been stating it has no intention of getting into the netbook market, Nokia has come along and proved exactly why there is a gap in the market for a small laptop for people with higher aspirations.
The chief designer of the Booklet 3G, Ian Buckle, told us that Nokia has been watching the PC market for a long time, waiting to produce something that hadn’t been done before. The Booklet 3G retains many key Nokia design trends, including a subtle ‘Nokia Smile’ curve that most people probably won’t even notice.
Nokia Booklet 3G Features
Software and applications
Nokia recommends Windows 7.
Video: Nokia Booklet 3G
Review: Nokia Booklet 3G
Netbooks are ultra-portable laptops, about a third lighter than a typical model and roughly the size of a hardback book.
They’re suited to working online as well as to light office chores but now they’re acquiring impressive features. Nokia’s Booklet 3G will run on a Windows operating system, have a battery life of up to 12 hours and, unusually, have built- in 3G connectivity.
It’s rumoured that the Booklet 3G will have a “premium” price, but it is possible to buy netbooks for about £200.
Advantages: With a full keyboard and a decent-size screen, a netbook offers full mobile computing but without the additional weight and bulk of a standard laptop.
Disadvantages: It may be portable but a netbook is heavier, and takes up more space, than a tablet or a smartphone.
Alternatives: Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One.