Nokia branches out into the world of netbooks

Silky, aluminium curves – and killer features, too

Image: Hugh Threlfall

Friends of mine have a Nokia TV. I always found this rather jarring until, in my MP friend’s office the other day, I noticed he had… a Nokia TV. “That’s only the second I’ve seen,” I said. “You’ll find another 645 of them here,” my honourable mate said. Nokia is the standard issue TV for MPs’ offices. Perhaps it makes duck houses too, I thought – but didn’t say, especially as my friend is the most honest member in the House.

Nokia started life in Finland as a jack-of-all-trades, manufacturing everything from rubber boots to gas masks, but it has made a name for itself in recent years with these mobile telephone things that I’m sure will never catch on and, TVs apart, I’ve always assumed that was what it saw as its future. A slight surprise, then, when this turned up – a Nokia netbook (though Nokia prefers “mini-laptop”). And the Booklet 3G, as Nokia’s first computer since 1987 is called, is terrific, an almost total joy – leagues better than any other netbook on the market. From the beautiful packaging onwards, its build quality is superb. The Booklet is one of those rare gadgets I just want to hold and fondle.


Silky, aluminium curves aside, it has killer features, too. Its battery gives you an amazing 10-12 hours. The keyboard and screen are excellent, the trackpad first rate – it does that indispensable Apple thing where you can scroll down a document using two fingers on the pad. And as it’s a Nokia, you can slip in a SIM card and use 3G services for the net without a dongle. The 1.25kg Booklet also comes with Windows 7, which I’m warming to. W7 is pleasantly not bad, which makes it many times better than any Windows system yet.

If Apple doesn’t hurry up and produce a baby-netbook-style machine very soon, I’m buying a Booklet.


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