Nokia Booklet 3G: 4 Reasons to be Skeptical

August 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under netbooks

Over at Gadzooki, I share five reasons why I’m excited about the Nokia Booklet 3G, the Windows 7 netbook announced yesterday by the dominant mobile company. Now that my initial excitement has worn off, here are four thoughts from my inner late-blooming skeptic:

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Courtesy Nokia

Specs: Too Good to be True?

12 hours of battery life is awesome! But Nokia has learned to play the battery overestimation game? Will actual battery life be more like 3 hours, as the Booklet’s various connectivity features are generously used?

N-Gage Part Deux?

N-Gage was Nokia’s attempt to enter the portable gaming market through hardware. Will the Booklet 3G become another failed attempt by Nokia to diversify its dominantly phone-centric portfolio?

Appeal Outside the Phone Market?

Nokia is king when it comes to cell phones, but is the brand strong enough to attract netbook buyers? It might be an uphill battle for the Finns, as entering the low-margin netbook market is a very risky proposition.

Bloatware?

We already know Nokia needs to improve its desktop software. If it was slow on a decently-powerful desktop, how would it perform on a less powerful netbook? Worse, does Nokia consider the Booklet as a license to pimp Ovi to users with in-your-face software?

What do you think of the Nokia Booklet 3G? Feel free to hit the comments below.

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