November 11, 2009 at 10:48 am
Reviews are starting to trickle out for Nokia’s first entry into the netbook segment. It seems that the Booklet 3G has had a bit of a mixed reception. Yes, it has superb build quality and a long battery life, but most of the negatives mirror our initial take of the device back in early September.
Crunchgear found that the Booklet 3G was too generic and underpowered to be considered a great product. Even in general use, the netbook was laggy when it came to rendering web pages and loading YouTube videos. As this netbook will mainly be sold on contract they also felt it was “folly” to be locked into a contract for 2 years given the lack of power under the hood.
However, the form-factor is great and is one of the smallest & thinnest 10-inch netbooks on the market. The aluminum chassis gives it a MacBook feel. The battery life is also phenomenal, lasting 10 hours on a video loop.
Laptop Mag also reviewed the Booklet 3G and believed it didn’t live up to the hype. They found it to be a “major disappointment” and awarded it three stars out of five. The liked the HD glossy display and battery life, but felt the 1.6Ghz Z530 Atom CPU and 4200RPM HDD really let it down.