A slower hard drive helps out with battery life, though, and the Booklet 3G has no problem taking long excursions away from the mains. Running our standard PCMark05 loop test with WiFi on and brightness at full whack, it whizzed along for just under six hours. Take things a little easier, and you can expect eight or even nine hours out of it. Nokia reckons 12 hours is possible, but you’d have to be barely using it to get anywhere near this figure.
Black, ice or azure – the choice is yours
Its excellent design, long battery life, 3G and GPS are all big plus points for the Booklet 3G, but there’s no getting away from that colossal price tag. Nokia’s clearly hoping it will soon be available at a subsidised rate from one or more of the UK’s mobile operators, but you’ll most likely still have to shell out a fair wedge of cash, as well as sign up to an expensive monthly contract.
Nokia won’t be best pleased that not a single UK mobile operator has taken up the Booklet 3G at launch, leaving it with something of an unpalatable price tag. It might be marketed as a mini laptop but, to all intents and purposes, it’s a netbook, and it was the affordable nature of netbooks that made them such an instant hit. If money’s no object the Booklet 3G well worth considering but, compared to the competition, it’s just too darn expensive. ®
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Nokia Booklet 3G
too expensive for a non apple product... again and again, i am glad i didnt bother with a netbook and went straight for a 13" macbook pro, ok it was 400 quid more than this, but i get a real computer and a 5 hour battery.
for all those who say macs are too expensive for what they are... go and get one, you will change your mind a week.
Although IMHO £400 to be free of that shite that M$ peddle makes it worth it alone.
No lan port?
Ok so it's expensive as hell, and yet they leave out the LAN port? Seriously, the LAN port is kinda important if your wifi isn't working, or if you're in an environment that just doesn't have wifi (they do exist you know). Jeez, designed by a moron.
Fn key placement
is correct for us Thinkpad users - but my 12" X61 runs 2.5Ghz, has 8GB RAM, SSD and 3G card and was only a few quid more than this.
It's perfect for us Mac users....
Seems a decent product, premium not bargain basement but the fact the specs are utterly identical is shameful.... however one thing, having a pop at the lack of Aero interface or Media Centre on a netbook (i know it was in reference in Win 7 Starter) is a bit harsh!!!
£650 when I can get a similarly specced model for under £300?? And also a HDMI port on a netbook? Why?
They way they're going, Nokia are going to be as long-lived as Saab...