Nokia Booklet 3G Doesn’t Live Up to Hype


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?

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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