The Nokia Booklet 3G marks Nokia’s first foray into the netbook market and is currently only available in a few markets around the world. You can think of the Booklet as a premium netbook constructed out of a single block of aluminium, much like Apple’s Macbooks. It packs a 10.1″ 1280 x 720 display, a fanless 1.6 GHZ Intel Atom processor (which makes the Booklet virtually silent), a 120 GB hard drive, 1GB of non upgradeable RAM and runs Windows 7.
What sets it apart from the average netbook is the fanless design, a HDMI port, an inbuilt A-GPS for positioning with Ovi Maps and the incredible 12 hour battery life provided by its 16 cell replaceable battery. The Booklet manages of give a very premium feel to the user and that is where Nokia is looking to distinguish it from the rest of the netbook lineup. It may be noted that Nokia likes to call it a mini-laptop rather than a netbook.
As you can guess from the title of this post, I managed to get hold of one and have unboxed it for your viewing pleasure. In fact, I am writing this post from the Booklet itself and the keyboard feels great, I have been able to get pretty reasonable speeds pretty quickly.
Coming from a Macbook, the touchpad doesn’t seem very responsive although it does feature two finger scrolling and pinch to zoom. For a computer this size, it is quite large. My experience with the Booklet was not ‘love at first sight’ but it has grown on me in the last few hours.
It feels good to hold in the hand and despite its 1.2 kilo weight, feels pretty light. I can already see myself loving the battery life on this machine, I have not had to put it on charge despite the 4 hours I have already spent setting it up. The battery indicator tells me I still have 5 hours left, on full brightness and WIFI plus Bluetooth turned on.
The anti glare coating on the screen makes it look just a little dirty at times, specially with light background. But what I really liked about the screen was the 1280 x 720 resolution that allows websites to be rendered exactly similar to your usual computer, better than the 1024 x 600 found on most netbooks.
I am recent Mac convert and netbooks never really have been my thing, so it will be fun to see how the Booklet plays out for me in the coming days. I said that I will try and make this my only computer for the next week, however I can see that will not be possible due to my video editing needs. However I will try and make it my ‘primary’ machine.