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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 3, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Nokia World ’09: The 3G Booklet

    Ciara O'Brien

    Ok, so it wasn’t exactly earth shattering news yesterday, considering we all know the Booklet 3G was part of the plans thanks to the reports last week. But Nokia World gave us a chance to actually get a look at it, get detailed specs and find out the all important price (€575 for those who are interested).

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    First of all, Nokia don’t call it a netbook. In fact, they take great pains never to refer to it as such, even in passing. It’s a “mini laptop”.

    Second of all, that €575 price tag is before the networks get involved and (hopefully) subsidise the hell out of it.

    Nokia might suffer from the perception that this is just another netbook. But labels aside, I’m already seeing a couple of advantages it has over the netbook I am currently typing this on.

    1. It has HDMI: This is going to go one of two ways. People will either see it as a useful addition (although with a 120GB hard drive, the chances of you squashing a lot of high-def content on to it and still getting it to run without it crying silently on the inside is slim), or they’ll wonder why on earth they actually need a high-def output on a netbook.

    2. No fan: Despite the 120GB hard drive, there’s no fan inside. Which means practically silent running. Of course, unless you have a solid state hard drive in your machine, it’s going to generate heat and you will need to vent it somewhere. The one I use has a side vent, a fan that generates more boise than I like, and the surprising ability to heat a small room (and your lap) to uncomfortable levels over a period of time. The Booklet has an aluminium casing, which according to its design and marketing team means it can disperse the heat without either burning the legs off you, or harming your Booklet’s components.

    3. 12-hour battery life: If the claims are to believed, the Booklet will have anything up to 12 hours of power on full charg. That beats the current two hours I get out of mine. According to Nokia, even using Wifi it should get more than eight hours of use out of the battery. Even taking into account that battery claims rarely live up to the manufacturer’s spec sheets, it’s still over and about the norm.

    4. Built in A-GPS: Not sure exactly when people would need this, considering most phones have some sort of GPS or mapping function built in – and lets face it, if you really want sat nav, chances are you’ll shell out for a Tom Tom or Garmin rather than relying on a laptop. But it’s always good to have a back-up plan for finding your way.

    Aside from all the above, the Booklet has the option of Wifi and 3G/HSPA, has Bluetooth, an SD card reader, a 10.1 inch screen and  weighs only 1.25kg. Not bad going.