Nokia Booklet 3G hands-on

We spent a short time with the Nokia Booklet 3G, and so far, here are our first-impressions: The Booklet 3G is very nicely built. It clearly outclasses most Atom-powered Netbooks out there and besides the lack of backlit keyboard, there’s not much to complain about the physical design – except that the screen doesn’t seem bright enough for the outdoors.

Windows 7 boots in about one minute (give or take 10sec), and applications seem to perform just like they do on other Atom laptops. We did not have enough time to verify Nokia’s claim that the battery lasts for 12hours (in which conditions, we don’t know), but it has more battery Cells, so we’re confident that the Booklet 3G will outclass many Netbooks in that respect. By how much remains to be seen.

We are looking forward to testing more things, but at the moment, the idea of having a super-long battery life and an integrated broadbandconnectivity seems attractive. The fact that you can buy a foreign SIM card and use it during a trip is very nice too. Now, there are a few worrisome things like the maximum memory size of 1GB, which can’t be good for performance or battery life (more disk accesses). Thepurchasing options are $600 without a contract or $300 with a 2-yr $60/mo contract. What do you think?

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