Nokia 3G Booklet

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 February, 2010, 12:00am

Is it a laptop computer? Is it a netbook? No, it's a Booklet!

At least, that's what mobile phone giant Nokia is calling its latest gizmo. The 3G Booklet features an Intel Atom Z530 processor running at 1.6GHz, a 10.1-inch display, a full size keyboard, and Windows 7. If it sounds familiar, it's because the product basically is a netbook, measuring 2cm thick and weighing in at 1.3 kilos.

But while it looks and feels like a standard netbook, the 3G Booklet does come with some very Nokia touches.

Being a maker of mobile phones, Nokia is well aware that battery life is a crucial consideration for mobile users. So the 3G Booklet comes with a humungous 16-cell battery, which gives you 12 hours of power under normal operating circumstances. In comparison, most netbooks come with 3-cell or 6-cell batteries.

As the name suggests, the Booklet comes equipped with 3G, including HSDPA, so you can access the internet practically anywhere. If you are going to take advantage of this capability, you should subscribe to a big data plan, as data fees can add up quickly.

Other advanced features include a HDMI port for connecting to HDTVs, and integrated GPS functionality that works with Nokia Ovi Maps application. There's even an accelerometer for movement-based gaming.

On the downside, RAM is limited to 1GB, and the graphics chip is pretty standard.

The Nokia 3G Booklet is selling for HK$6,998.

Pros: Big battery, integrated 3G technology, aircraft-grade aluminium shell

Cons: limited RAM, doesn't seem to make phone calls, weak graphics card