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Netbook vs iPad vs Smartphone [Video showdown]

May 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Netbook vs iPad vs SmartphoneThe arrival of Apple’s iPad has led many to forecast the end of the netbook. In our view, each serve a different purpose, but to highlight some of those points Cnet UK has a good video comparing the iPad against a netbook (Nokia Booklet 3G) and smartphone (Nexus One) for everyday tasks.

It’s all a bit of fun but highlights some practical points about where each gadget has its positives/negatives. Check out the video after the break. Read more

Nokia Booklet 3G netbook gets pricey UK pre-order

December 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GThe Nokia Booklet 3G netbook is finally available to pre-order in the UK although it won’t come cheap. It’s already released in the US and parts of Europe and the high price has carried through to UK shores. It is available for pre-order on the Nokia store for £649.00, which thankfully includes shipping. It is due to ship in January 2010.

Back when the first details of the device came through, we opined that it is more likely to be closer to the £600 mark than the £500 mark quoted at the time. We called the £600 price point ridiculous so hearing that it will actually cost £650 causes disbelief. Read more

Nokia Booklet 3G review roundup – let down by slow CPU & HDD

November 11, 2009 at 10:48 am

Nokia Booklet 3GReviews 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. Read more

Nokia Booklet 3G hitting Best Buy stores on November 15th

November 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GThe Nokia Booklet 3G netbook will be arriving in Best Buy stores from 15th November. Those of you who are Reward Zone members can place your pre-orders as we speak, however some stores already have them in stock. The Booklet 3G can be bought for $599.99 or $299.99 plus two-year AT&T data contract.

The Nokia Booklet 3G has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 720) display, measures just 20mm thick and is powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU, 1GB soldered RAM and a 120GB HDD. Other features include Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a 1.3MP webcam. For a ‘premium’ netbook however, it only gets Windows 7 Starter. Check out a larger image of the flyer after the break. Read more

Nokia Booklet 3G netbook gets unboxed [Video]

October 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GThe Nokia Booklet 3G netbook has had its first video unboxing courtesy of Engadget. The netbook launched in Germany this week through O2 retail stores customers for €249 upfront and then €20 per month over 24 months. It is expected to land in the US via AT&T and Best Buy stores from mid-November.

The Wall Street Journal also posted their video impressions and praised the netbooks battery life but wasn’t too enamored with the “tiny keyboard”. Battery life came in at 8 hours, lower than Nokia’s claimed 12 hour life. However, this was with the display on full brightness, Wi-Fi on, music looped loudly and all power saving functionality turned off. Check out both videos after the break. Read more

New Nokia netbook planned for 2010?

October 26, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GThe Nokia Booklet 3G netbook is not even out yet, yet reports coming out of Asia suggests that demand is so strong that Nokia is considering releasing an updated version for 2010. Digitimes says that manufacturer, Compal Electronics, is working overtime to satisfy demand.

This demand is likely to be coming from telecom operators who will be selling the Booklet 3G with lucrative long-term data contracts. However, I’d take all of this information with a pinch of salt until we see some raw numbers on just how successful the Booklet 3G has been with the end-consumer.

No detail on what the next version of the Booklet 3G would include, however I’d love to see Nokia following its mobile roots and releasing a smartbook to provide the always-on 3G experience that is lacking from current devices.

Nokia Booklet 3G pre-orders open at Best Buy

October 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Nokia Booklet 3G The first demo units of the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook are starting to arrive at Best Buy stores in the US. The Booklet 3G was meant to launch on Windows 7 launch day (October 22nd), however they don’t start to seem to be available yet. Not to worry, as Best Buy now has pre-orders for the premium $599.99 netbook up on its site.

The Nokia Booklet 3G has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 720) display, measures just 20mm thick and is powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU, 1GB soldered RAM and a 120GB HDD. Other features include Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a 1.3MP webcam. For a ‘premium’ netbook however, it only gets Windows 7 Starter.

Via Engadget.

Nokia Booklet 3G netbook gets US launch details

October 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GNokia has teamed up with AT&T to sell the Booklet 3G netbook for an upfront cost of $299 as long as you sign up for a two-year data contract costing $60 per month (5GB data). As with most other carriers offering netbooks on contracts, the lifetime cost is not cheap. The contract itself will cost $1,440 over those two years and that’s before adding the upfront cost of $299. However, AT&T has promised that other pricing options will also be available soon.

If you want to go it alone, then the Nokia Booklet 3G can be bought for the unsubsidised price of $599, exclusively (in retail) through Best Buy stores. Nokia once again emphasized a “true 12 hour” battery, but this is based on Mobile Mark ‘07, which doesn’t use wireless activity in its tests. Therefore, I’d take that number with a pinch of salt. It will launch in the US with Windows 7 on October 22nd.

The Nokia Booklet 3G has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 720) display, measures just 20mm thick and is powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU. Other features include Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a 1.3MP webcam.

Nokia Booklet 3G gets hands-on impressions [Video]

October 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm

ia Booklet 3GWe expect the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook to be available in a matter of weeks, if yesterday’s news (that it will hit O2 Germany on October 22nd) is anything to go by. There has not been too many previews of the device, but Laptop Mag managed to spend some quality time with the Booklet and have given their initial impressions.

The design wins points for a number of reasons. Firstly, the aluminum construction, all from one piece of metal, adds to the premium feel of the netbook. However, despite its slim profile (19.9mm thin) it felt heavier than it looks. The glossy lid is also a fingerprint magnet. Secondly, the flush glass display is very attractive. The 10-inch screen has a 720p resolution.

Less love was given to the chiclet keyboard, which felt a bit cramped despite a sturdy feel. The touchpad has low friction but has no gesture support. The mouse buttons are also easy to press. Another welcome addition is the hot-swappable sim-card slot. Check out a hands-on video after the break. Read more

Nokia Booklet 3G hits O2 Germany on October 22nd

October 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GSome of the first official details regarding pricing for the Nokia Booklet 3G has been released. The Booklet 3G netbook will be available on contract for O2 customers in Germany from October 22nd.

The netbook will be available for €249 on a €20 per month tariff over 24 months. Apparently there will also be a flat rate tariff of €25 per month, but it’s not made clear whether you need to pay an upfront payment for this contract. Details on pricing in other markets are expected shortly.

The Nokia Booklet 3G will come with Windows 7, has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 720) display, measures just 20mm thick and is powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU. It will also come with a 16-cell battery that should last for 12 hours. Other features include Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a 1.3MP webcam.

Via Engadget.

Nokia Booklet 3G hitting Best Buy stores for $600?

October 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GYesterday we brought you the news that the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook is set to launch exclusively through Best Buy stores when it lands in the United States. What wasn’t known, however, was the price. The guys over at PhoneArena managed to get hold of a screen-grab that shows a possible $599.99 price point from the Best Buy inventory system.

Whilst, some may argue that this price is too high for a netbook, I can’t understand how it could be priced so cheap, when considering the European pricing. Recently, the Booklet 3G hit the Italian Nokia Store for pre-order at €699. If that price is indeed correct, then how can Nokia be selling it for such a discount in the US? Hopefully, some official information should come out shortly that clarifies pricing for all. Read more

Best Buy gets Nokia Booklet 3G US exclusive

October 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

Nokia Booklet 3G Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for the Nokia’s first netbook, the Booklet 3G when it launches in the US later this year. The news was confirmed at a Best Buy holiday gift guide event yesterday. The netbook will also be available directly from Nokia themselves. No pricing or availability has been announced thus far.

The Nokia Booklet 3G will come with Windows 7, has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 720) display, measures just 20mm thick and is powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU. It will also come with a 16-cell battery that should last for 12 hours. Other features include HDMI-out and a 1.3MP webcam.

Via Crunchgear.

Opinion: Why the Nokia Booklet 3G is a disappointment

September 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GNokia unveiled all of the details of its first entry into the netbook segment this morning. The Booklet 3G is a premium netbook and the company clearly believes that it justifies this tag for a number of reasons. Without question, it is one of the most attractive netbooks on the market today. It is just 20mm thick and comes in an aluminium chassis that leads to comparisons with the Apple Macbook. It is also one of the few netbooks to include 3G connectivity, a crucial aspect since it is likely to be sold on contract via wireless carriers as well as on a standalone basis through retail.

Looking through the initial impressions of bloggers out at Nokia World, it also seems that the keyboard is a delight to use. The touchpad is also large and has well-spaced buttons. The HD (1280 x 720) screen sits flush with the chassis, which gives it a classy look. We are also glad that Nokia has chosen to include a removable 16-cell (3,840mAh) battery in the Booklet 3G and looking at the remaining specs it certainly seems to be well featured (Wi-Fi draft-n, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, 1.3MP webcam). Nokia also claims that you’ll get a 12-hour battery life, which is superb. You even get an accelerometer, although I’m not sure what use this has in a non-tablet device? However, despite all of these positives, there are a number of issues that we feel lead to a disappointing package overall. Read more

Nokia Booklet 3G netbook gets priced & full specifications

September 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Nokia Booklet 3G Nokia has revealed further details on its Booklet 3G netbook today at the Nokia World conference at Stuttgart today. We now know that the Booklet 3G will cost €575 ($820, £504) before subsidies, which is in line to the rumoured $799 price we heard of last week.

The full technical specifications were also revealed. The HD display comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and flush glossy screen. It will have a 16 cell (56.8 Wh) battery that the company claims will be good for 12 hours. It will be powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 energy efficient processor, 1GB RAM and 120GB HDD.

Other features include Wi-Fi (Draft-N), Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI-out, three USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, Windows 7 Starter Edition and interestingly an accelerometer. You can check out some hands-on pictures from both Slashgear and the Nokia Blog. There’s no word on an exact launch date right now. The full specs are listed after the jump. Read more

Nokia ARM-based smartbook planned for mid-2010

August 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

Nokia smartbookWhilst Nokia’s Wintel-based Booklet 3G certainly took us by surprise, it looks like the device we always expected from them i.e. an ARM-powered smartbook is on the agenda after all. Digitimes is reporting that Nokia is planning to offer a smartbook, in addition to the Booklet 3G netbook, although it won’t hit the market before mid-2010.

Nokia is expected to outsource production of the smartbook to either Compal (who is producing the company’s Booklet 3G) or Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry). It will be interesting to see exactly what chips Nokia uses to power such a device. Some suggest that Nokia won’t launch a smartbook device until they have the powerful chips to do it justice.

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