Nokia netbook review
Perhaps most of the reviews I wrote about netbooks and laptops - there were so many of them in my memory ... that I am surprised less and less. I have nothing against these devices and the same ASUS (which basically give me “beeches” for the test), but it’s just become a bit boring, and the audience’s interest is not at all the same - whatever the finish or filling.
But it’s a completely different matter when the device is somehow unusual - I am happy to undertake such ones. Well, for example, the hero of today's review is the netbook from the Finnish company Nokia, which has never specialized in netbooks, but is, as far as I know, the leader in the related market. Here it’s at least interesting to look at what happened - even if the performance is obviously bad. And here, by the way, everything is not so bad - even despite the fact that the netbook has been around for more than a year and has managed to get morally outdated. I admit honestly - I did not even expect that the Finns are capable of such a debut.
What kind of debut? Read it!
The device is completely called Nokia Booklet 3G . It all started with a large oblong blue box of blue cardboard. I open, then, and, with a frowning eyebrow, I get something with a black glossy lid.
At first it was immediately upset - the only netbook from the company, but that was the beginning ... but then I reacted with understanding. After all, what’s wrong with the glossy cover (it’s really easily soiled), prints? Maybe, but it’s easier to wipe them there, and during work it does not catch the eye at all. So I "went" further.
And then they were waiting for continuous pleasant surprises. For example, here is the package bundle - there was another box in the package with the inscription “Hello Hei!” (“Hello, Habr!” From Finnish), inside which was a wired stereo headset with a microphone (quite good in quality for its class - “out of the box on first time "), a Y-shaped cord for charging two devices from a USB port; fibercloth; A small but detailed and colorful manual.
In such a conventional device as the power supply unit of the charger, something unusual was also encountered - it contained a small groove for winding the wire.
All this slowly “smoothed out” the guilt of a glossy cover in my eyes) Further - no less interesting.
All-metal case, very, very similar to the MacBook. Silver aluminum, perfect fit, pleasant chill - class.
Unusual and the elements present on the netbook. Firstly, this is an HDMI port - at the same ASUS I know very few models (for example, EeePC 1201n) with this connector.
Three USB ports, a mini-jack for headphones (there is no microphone mini-jack that no one ever uses), a power connector and a slot for an SD and SIM card slot. The power button is located on the side ends - it’s very unusual. Two speakers on opposite sides. There is no RJ-45, no VGA - but are they needed?
Minimalism reigns on the bottom - there is nothing but 4 rubber legs and two latches of a lithium-polymer battery (16 cells, 3840mAh, 57Wh).
The back is also empty - just a display hinge, very similar to the one used in my EeePC 1002HA .
The dimensions are exactly the same as most 10 '' inch netbooks (265x185x), more weight (1250 grams with battery)
... but the small thickness is another plus (only 20 mm).
The screen and webcam are hidden behind the glass, which smoothly passes into the metal frame of the case - yes, again gloss, but here it is easy to wipe it with the same rag from the kit. But ... but the screen resolution is already 1280x720!
The space under the screen is not used very rationally. Despite the fact that the switch button (s) and speakers are on the side, and all the LEDs on the hinge ...
... the keyboard buttons are very small.
There are gaps between them, but this is also not an excuse - in the same EeePC with equal sizes, buttons, LEDs, a large touchpad and quite large keyboard buttons fit on the case. So it's weird.
The rest of the keyboard is very good - a small and quiet keystroke; convenient scatter of fn-functions by F1-F12 buttons (except for the fact that Fn is to the left of the Ctrl key). The CapsLock button has a status indicator. The arrows are combined in one pile, which I never liked.
The touchpad from Synaptics and without multitouch support is a pity. Also, the click is quite loud, but pleasantly resilient.
All the space around the keyboard and touchpad is matte and also made of aluminum - a nonsense!
Inclusion and work
I must say right away that you should not expect much in this section - because last year's netbook, which means that it has neither Ion, nor anything else tasty there. Although everything is relative - you can work on such a machine.
So, preinstalled Windows 7 fully loads in about 35 seconds and does not slow down further. What I immediately noticed is that the netbook ... is absolutely silent! No, the chirping of the disk is audible, but no more - it seems that not the hottest filling is cooled passively due to the metal case. Strange, but the latter practically does not heat up ... although no - the battery heats up decently enough under load, but it’s easy to work without a stand.
The screen is beautiful in every sense - from high resolution to color reproduction and good viewing angles on the sides (not very top to bottom). But it’s bad, as I said, with gloss - prints and highlights are inevitable.
About the filling. Processor - Intel Atom Z530 with a frequency of 1.6 GHz, on the Intel Poulsbo US15W chipset unknown to me. 1GB of RAM and the integrated Intel GMA500 video system - well, everything is just like in the pioneer netbooks. Another of the goodies is the 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b / g / n, built-in Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS.
I would also like to note the presence of a SIM card slot ... which I could not use :) The fact is that the netbook came to me in a very unusual way, there were no pre-installed programs on it and something else. I tried installing the Noka OviSuite program, but this did not affect the work with the SIM card. But, I think, with two straight arms and a bright head (I still don’t have either), the connector can be used for its intended purpose. Accordingly, I have almost nothing to tell about one of the key features (after all, the netbook is called Nokia Booklet 3G). I will only write that the manufacturer writes on this subject in the specifications: built-in 3G modem (data calls only), WCDMA 900/2100 or 800-850 / 900/2100.
The performance index is only 2.2 (rests on percent) out of a possible 7.9, which is quite expected. I didn’t torment the device with synthetic test calculations either, because the result is still approximately known.
But from the pleasant moments - the netbook easily lost almost all the videos (except FullHD) that I offered him - up to 720p. Without any brakes or out of sync.
The only thing I didn’t really like was the sound “going away” to the sides, it was somehow deaf. But if you use headphones (yes, even from the kit), then for a couple of films in good quality netbook on a single charge is enough. Well, or to display the kin on the big screen via HDMI - why not.
Inside, a Toshiba hard drive with 120GB (4200 rpm) is installed, the speed indicators of which are sooo doubtful:
At maximum brightness, the device can work for about 8 hours, although knowledgeable people say that this time the netbook is capable of playing video, and regular office work can easily stretch out for 10-12 hours.
Excellent build quality and detail fit
Stylish and compact brushed metal case
High screen resolution,
Support for 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi n
Long battery life
No Ethernet port
Glossy cover and screen
Keyboard buttons are small enough, Fn left Ctrl
By and large, all the disadvantages are not serious - I have never used a network port on my netbook (Wi-Fi only), glossy covers and screens are now almost everywhere, and many do not use multitouch, preferring a mouse. The buttons on the keyboard are small, yes, but you can get used to it ... remember at least the first EeePC. You can’t swap Fn and Ctrl in the BIOS, but as far as I know, somehow this can be solved by software - it’s also not so scary. But the pros ... much more pleasant.
Apparently, Nokia watched a lot of the netbook market and not only thoughtfully read the reviews of other models, took into account the pros and cons, absorbed the very juices and ... and once gave birth to its brainchild. The netbook is definitely a success, in every sense - it has the same ASUSs (after all, it was they who made the first massive netbook) that there is something to wrap around the mustache.
The usual dimensions and weight, but at the same time a metal case and a high-resolution screen; the filling is weak for our time, but at the same time a capacious battery - I think if the company continued to produce devices of this class, they would definitely use some success.
In the meantime ... in the meantime, it is a pity that the device is almost never found on the Russian market. If desired, it can be ordered from abroad, as I did - thanks to the good people fromamac.ru , which once again brought an interesting gadget for the test.