The existence of netbooks was threatened by the recent release of the Apple iPad and the JooJoo. Obviously, the latter two tablets are definitely irresistible with their eye-candy looks and impressive UI (user-interface). But will tablet PCs, like the iPad and JooJoo really put an end to the fate of netbooks such as the Nokia Booklet 3G?
Nokia, the leading mobile communications devices manufacturer, did not think so when they developed and released the Nokia Booklet 3G last November 2009. Now that the Nokia Booklet 3G is in my hands – thanks to WomWorld Nokia for lending it to me for 2 weeks – it made me realize that nothing still beats the power of the marriage of style, efficiency and mobility (I’ll talk about these 3 things on my full review of this product soon).
The Booklet 3G is the lovechild of Nokia’s mobile device leadership and their brave venture to create a device we never thought they’d make. Armed with the necessary power and speed to help you take the internet wherever you go, this netbook is definitely packed with pure awesomeness
Here are my initial impressions of the Nokia Booklet 3G:
- It’s ergonomic and eye-candy.
- Mostly built in tough, resilient elemental aluminium, it looks pretty solid and it seems like it can withstand the test of time.
- It’s thin. It even fits inside my leather organizer.
- It has everything I need to connect… to people. (Thanks to its built in 3G, Wifi and bluetooth adapters)
- Definitely not thinner than Macbook Air, but it looks better.
- Some keys are small, but better compared to other netbooks.
- Battery life doesn’t suck at all. With average use, it can be up for 7-8 hrs.
- Quite pricey. Price may within the range of Php 28k to 37k.
- Not yet available in the Philippines.
I’ll post my extensive review next week. In the meantime, enjoy looking at my unboxing photos below.
Nokia Booklet Specs:
10.1″ @ 1280×720 pixel resolution
Intel Atom Z530 1.6 Ghz
1GB DDR2 RAM
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
3G model (data only, no voice)
Integrated GPS and A-GPS
1.3 megapixel FF camera
3 x USB 2.0 ports
SD card reader
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.