Hands on with the Nokia E72 and Nokia Booklet 3G
As readers here know, I LOVE the Nokia E71 and still think it is one of the BEST Nokia devices every made. Actually, my wife has finally joined the S60 user crowd and is using the E71 and loving the LONG battery life. I asked if she wanted a car charger and she said, “I don’t need one since this thing goes at least 2 days on a single charge.” Anyway, back to the reason for this post. Rafe Blandford from All About Symbian has a couple of devices here at the Mobius event in Seattle and let me spend a bit of time with the Nokia E72 and Nokia Booklet 3G. Check out some of my first thoughts, the video, and image gallery below.
The Nokia E72 takes the E71 and bumps the camera up to 5 megapixel, increases the processor speed, adds a 3.5mm headset jack, adds an optical trackpad to the directional pad, and slightly updates the keyboard and hardware buttons on the front. I did find that the E72 isn’t quite as rock solid as the E71 (feels like less steel and a bit more plastic), but it is still a very solid device. Some may not like the camera protrusion on the back, but that doesn’t bother me.
Since I loved the E71, the E72 looks like a nice upgrade. I was hoping the display resolution would be updated, but understand there is an OS level limitation here so can accept that design element.
I do like the optical trackpad in the center of the directional pad and if you don’t like the way it works you still can use the directional pad just like any other directional pad. The optical trackpad is very responsive and I could easily get used to this form of navigation.
Nokia Booklet 3G
I purchased a MSI Wind netbook last year for just over $400 and am pretty happy with it running Windows 7. The keyboard is pretty good, but I find the keyboard on the Booklet 3G to be better and actually much more like my 13 inch Macbook Pro. The Booklet 3G actually looks much like my Macbook Pro, but is smaller and lighter. The Booklet 3G has excellent construction, which is expected coming from Nokia, although the edges around the bottom metal part are a bit sharp.
My main concern with the Booklet 3G is the 1GB of RAM and that would take using it more to figure out if it is an issue. People need to remember that notebooks are not designed for Photoshop, AutoCAD, or other processor/resource intensive functions and are for portability and connectivity.
It is pretty slick that the Booklet 3G has integrated GPS, but I do wonder why I would really need that in a PC when my phones have GPS and are much easier to use walking around the city or driving around town.
I understand the Booklet 3G will be available for free with subsidizes in Europe and it may do quite well because the Nokia name is huge and the quality of the device is outstanding. $599 for a model that you can buy with no contract is a bit high, but we may see it drop in price like other tech pretty quickly so maybe I will get one when it gets below $500.