Saturday, September 5, 2009

Nokia does a Sony with the Nokia Booklet


I'm sorry, I still can't get over the fact that NOKIA, world-renowned maker of CELLPHONES, is doing a SONY and now venturing into the netbook business!


Is this a good move? I don't know but it sure is an interesting one.

Before I dish out my comments, check out the Booklet's speca nd features (from here)

Nokia Booklet 3G full specification


  • Weight (max) 1250 g
  • Dimensions (max) 264 x 185 x 19.9 mm

CPU and Chipset

  • Intel Atom Z530, 1.6 GHz
  • Intel Poulsbo US15W, fanless design

Memory and Storage

  • RAM: 1 GB, DDR2, 533 Mhz, soldered down
  • HDD: 120 GB, 1.8”/5mmH/SATA, 8 MB cache, 4200 RPM


  • 10.1”, 1280×720 pixels, glass window


  • 16 cell, 56.8 Wh, Li-Ion prismatic, removable design


  • 802.11 b/g/n, 2T2R
  • BT 2.1 + EDR
  • Inbuilt 3G modem (data calls only). Different variants: WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 or WCDMA 900/2100 or no modem.
  • All modem variants have GSM and GPRS
  • Assisted-GPS

I/O ports

  • 1 x HDMI 1.2 out
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x headphone out (OMTP 3.5 mm) – with OMTP headsets also functions as audio in
  • 1 x DC-in
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 1 x SIM / USIM slot

Camera and microphone

  • 1.3 MP front facing camera with integrated microphone


  • Frame keyboard
  • 2 physical layouts: US (78 keys, 17 mm pitch, 1.8 mm stroke) and UK (79 keys, 16.7 mm pitch, 1.8 mm stroke)


  • Accelerometer

Inbox contents

  • Nokia Booklet 3G
  • BC-1S battery
  • AC/DC power adapter
  • Quick setup guide and warranty instructions
  • Headset WH-205
  • USB charging multi-cable CA-126


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Starter Edition, Home Premium or Professional
  • MS Office Small Business 60 day trial
  • MS Internet Explorer 8
  • HDD protection utility, Hotkey utility , Knock Control utility, Power Profile Switcher, Battery Life utility
  • Nokia Update Manager
  • Ovi Suite
  • Ovi Maps Gadget
  • Social Hub
  • F-Secure Internet Security 2010 trial

To be honest, I'm a bit excited about this netbook. And here's a few reasons why:
  1. 16 cell battery (which, if I'm not mistaken, is around 8-10 hours worth of battery life!!!)
  2. 3G modem (which also means, unless I'm wrong, that one can virtually surf the net ANYWHERE ANYTIME!!! just plug in a sim card and one can net surf away)
  3. Windows 7 OS!!!!
  4. it looks nice and shiny!!!
On the downside however:
  1. The price is set to be around more than 500 euros or Php40k++
  2. Processor, memory, and HDD is not exactly impressive

I'm mostly excited to see and sample his product mainly because it's from Nokia. I just wanna see how a cellphone maker's venture in netbooks does.

Is this Nokia's way of coping with the global economic crisis: venturing into other tech categories?

I'm not sure if doing a Sony is a good move. I guess we'll see.

For now, maglaway muna tayo sa isang overpriced netbook.

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