Nokia (s nok) created quite a stir by entering the crowded netbook field, and the Booklet 3G set the bar high with an appealing design and special features not found on other netbooks. The metal casing, MacBook-like design and integrated 3G make for a stylish entry into the field for Nokia. The Booklet 3G also has higher display resolution than most other 10-inch netbooks (1280 x 720). The first reviews are starting to appear as the Booklet 3G gets closer to distribution, and our friends at Laptop Magazine have given the new netbook a go. How did it fare? They found the performance a bit lacking for a premium-priced netbook.
The Booklet 3G is a netbook at its heart, with an Atom processor powering the system. Laptop found that to be a problem for displaying video, much the same as other, cheaper netbooks. A particular bottleneck they noted was the slow, 4,200 rpm hard drive, which hampered performance.
“The tardy hard drive was just as bad when it came to file operations. It took a leisurely 7 minutes and 3 seconds to complete the LAPTOP Transfer Test, in which we copy 4.97GB of mixed media files from one folder to another. That’s a rate of 12.0 MBps, which is below the category average of 15.4 MBps and way behind the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell (22.2 MBps) and Toshiba mini NB205-N330BL (17.9 MBps).”
Nokia has promised all-day battery life with the Booklet 3G, and Laptop verified it does indeed last a long time. Their web surfing over Wi-Fi benchmark saw the Booklet 3G lasting almost 8.5 hours, a decent endurance. The gist of the review finds the Booklet 3G to be well designed, but not excelling in any one area to justify the high price that Nokia is asking for the netbook in the U.S. — it sells for $299 with a 2-year data plan, $599 without the plan.