Nokia entering the PC market with the Booklet 3G
I am looking forward to hearing more news about a possible upcoming Maemo Internet Tablet with T-Mobile 3G and was a bit caught off guard with the news this morning that Nokia would be rolling out at Windows PC netbook called the Nokia Booklet 3G. While I am sure it will be a high quality product with a couple of unique features, the netbook market is flooded with low cost choices and I highly doubt this device will be priced to compete with a sub-$300 netbook. We will find out market availability and pricing next week at Nokia World, but I won’t hold my breath that this will come in under $600.
I understand Nokia is trying to use this to promote their Ovi services on a PC platform, but I would much rather see them focusing on stopping the loss of smartphone market share every quarter. Nokia was a leader with a huge market share, but other mobile operating systems with much more user friendly interfaces have been taking away their market and I would rather see something in this area than another netbook computer.
Netbooks were big in 2008 and actually seem to be losing some of their luster here in 2009 with PC makers dropping the price of their full size notebooks as well. The only real attraction of a netbook over a notebook is the price and if Nokia can’t bring it in low like other netbooks I don’t see much of an appeal for this device. Of course, Nokia fans will buy one, just like Apple fans will buy anything Apple makes at any price.
What do you think of the Nokia Booklet 3G?