Many netbook aficionados have been waiting for the release of the Nokia Booklet 3G for a while now. The netbook has been highly-anticipated because of its MacBookish aluminum casing, high resolution 1280×720 screen, and advertised long battery life. We were geniunely curious what Nokia, a company long known for its phones, would do to make its first-ever netbook stand out.
After spending several days with the system, we’ve just posted our full review of the Nokia Booklet 3G. Unfortunately, the Booklet is a major disappointment. The screen is impressive and battery life is long, but we can’t get past the glacial combination of a weak Atom Z530 CPU and a floppy-disk-like 4,200-rpm hard drive.
In 2009, there’s really no reason or excuse for a computer to sport anything slower than a 5,400-rpm hard drive. A slow storage drive makes the entire system less responsive and usable. With almost every other current netbook using a 5,400 rpm drive, it’s hard to understand Nokia’s thinking here.
Check out our full review of the Booklet 3G for more details and let us know: would you consider buying a netbook with a 4,200-rpm hard drive?