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Nokia Booklet 3G Unboxing & First Impressions

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.

Nokia Booklet 3G

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.

All Things Symbian & ‘Then Some More’

Right from the first day when I started TheSymbianBlog, our tagline has been ‘All things Symbian and then some more!’ and today more than ever it is seems most appropriate. Back when I started this blog, Symbian was the only mobile OS that I was truly interested in, however things are changing and I find myself attracted to the likes of Android and virtually smitten by what little I have seen of Maemo 5.

All Things Symbian & 'Then Some More'

It is in this light that I find myself wondering whether or not taking about things such as the Booklet 3G, the N900 or other ancillary topics would be appropriate on TheSymbianBlog. Therefore, I need your feedback.

Should I continue to cover all these things that are of obvious interest to both you and me or launch another website which is a little more generic? We have in the past covered devices such as the N800, N810, talked about Andriod as well but those topics have never been the center of focus. That might change depending on how the N900 shapes up.

So please tell me, what would you like to see? A new website or this website turning into a one stop shop for ‘All things Symbian and then some more!‘?

PS: I still continue to love Symbian and anxiously wait for what the later releases of Symbian have in store for us, I also believe that it is *still* the best OS for non touch devices.