The Nokia Booklet 3G has begun shipping in Europe. And while it’s not available in the US yet, apparently if you’re a journalist with enough pull you can get your hands on one. Needless to say, I haven’t touched a Booklet 3G yet, but the Wall Street Journal’s katherine Boehret has, and she found the 10.1 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display to be a cut above the screens found on most netbooks.
On the other hand, she wasn’t that happy with the keyboard. While the touchpad and buttons felt fine, she says the keyboard was cramped.
Boehret compares the Booklet 3G to an Apple product, thanks to its aluminum unibody keyboard and island-style keyboard.
Most importantly, Boehret is the first person I’m aware of that has taken the time to test Nokia’s 12-hour battery life claim. With WiFi on, music playing non-stop, and the screen set to max brightness, she managed to get 8 hours of run time and estimates that it’d probably go for up to 10 hours if you’re a bit less reckless with the power management features. That’s not exactly 12 hours, but it’s still pretty good.