Nokia with your own maps
In the Nokia Booklet 3G, I was looking forward to one thing in total: the GPS function and mobile navigation options. Unfortunately they were not as fantastic as expected.
"Great !!!" I thought as I read that the Nokia Booklet 3G also has a GPS function. Even if I initially found the GPS on a netbook a bit pointless: After all, it did not even open as quickly as a cell phone to determine its current location.
But I found this feature, to be honest, better than nothing. Maybe I'll go by train and have time to open the netbook and look it up.
But the joy did not last long. The first drawback was, that for the navigation no maps were delivered. Also not for post-installation. And that, although with the somewhat annoying Ovi suite all sorts of stuff, pardon, of course apps, can post-install. Also an Ovi Maps gadget!
Where are the Ovi Maps?
However, the terrific joke follows immediately: The Ovi Maps gadget does not contain any maps, it only serves to establish a direct connection to the online Ovi maps. And otherwise I found no way to use the cards, which are otherwise intended for Nokia phones and thus the Symbian operating system, offline on the Windows-powered netbook.
Although there is a section on Ovi cards on page 11 in the manual (which is well known only a small booklet), which also begins full-bodied: "With the Internet service Ovi cards you can from all in the world ... blabla ..." and it continues: "If the 3.0 Maps application is installed in Nokia Booklet 3G, you can synchronize locations, collections and routes between Ovi maps and the device" - but only after 3! Calling at the Nokia hotline, which were necessary because the staff did not know, I was told that this is not just the Ovi cards on the Nokia netbook but on a separate phone meant.
It may seem logical that a software for Symbian does not work on Windows - but since the netbook and mobile phones are from the same manufacturer, I would have expected something to bring the really ingenious feature on the netbook to work.
What is so cool about the Nokia cards?
A little digression: In order to understand the extent of the disappointment that came over me with this realization, one must know the following: Nokia's cards are not the best (I've tested them on a Windows Mobile 6.0 device last year) , but as far as I can see, the easiest and most practical way to download map material, and that from all over the world, offline on the Internet and play on the mobile phone.
This is useful for those who, despite the efforts of mobile network operators, still have no mobile data flatrate. And it is also useful if the flatrate is not available, as it often did in the test - eg in remote areas. Since I like to go hiking and recently moved from the Rhine to the Spree (which was also the reason for the long break in this test series, sorry), I have dealt extensively with mobile navigation options.
Result: If you want to save maps for free and offline on your phone, there is almost nothing better than Nokia Maps. Although there are various programs with which, for example, Google Maps can be made available offline and countless programs of the Open Street Map project, but you have to download the maps in very small sections only cumbersome. And of course there are also for Windows and the netbook this possibility - but the map download is just too cumbersome. Apart from the fact that most of these programs do not work properly without GPS.
The disappointment with the GPS follows on the foot
Now you could be happy because the Nokia Booklet has a GPS function. But far from it: GPS works only if the SIM card and thus the Internet connection is activated. Again, the so-called manual tells us on page 10: "The device supports A-GPS. With A-GPS, the device receives useful satellite information over the mobile network ... "
Aha ... so nice ... but then it says, "If you activate a program that uses position information, an 3G network connection must be active to enable A-GPS."
Brilliant. In plain language: GPS only works if you're online anyway. Probably the special meaning of GPS has not opened up to me yet, but since then also a position determination with Google maps is possible, I ask myself: Why GPS with the Nokia booklet? Because it sounds good? ME it's just a superfluous gimick!
A clever moblie navigation solution is not available here either. At least not if you like me can not always be online or can.
Update: Maybe yes - see comments!
Striking is of course the cool design. Not only does this not catch my eye, but it is also addressed when one is "caught" with the little one while working.
In a detailed view, the processing also convinces: everything from one mold, just the hinge of the lid, a common weakness in laptops, overall very stable. Thanks to the aluminum housing, a fan could be dispensed with, so you do not have to worry, it gets unnecessary dirt into the computer.
In the first three months, the device still ran with a data rate of oDeren functionalities but I comparatively little used - in order to tweet times quickly or posts on Facebook, the netbook needs too long to drive up.
The attempts to use the netbook as a navigation device failed as well: Although Nokia is using GPS, but does not provide its users with free maps for download.
In addition, GPS works only when the UMTS connection is also active. However, there is now a solution to this problem, and there is also free map material for downloading and using offline maps. However, this is quite cumbersome.
Where the NokiaNetbook works well, is where I would use a netbook also the most likely: As a kind of mobile typewriter, alternatively with Internet via WLAN or UMTS (practical, the Simcard slot on the side!).
Because the typing of texts works really fantastically. The battery life is as pleasant as it gets: depending on how I adjust screen brightness or use the data connection, the 8 battery keeps hours and more - even after half a year.
Therefore, you do not have to recharge the device every day and can easily survive long train runs without a power outlet. In contrast to previous laptops, finally, a device with which one can sometimes sit for a few hours in a cafe or on the Spree, especially since it fits comfortably in the purse and you can carry it also because of the low weight the day about pleasant.
A prerequisite for getting the recharge time is, however, that the netbook is only hanged for charging: Because with every charge the battery heats up, which is anything but good for him. That is why I would like to make sure that the device is used for as long as absolutely necessary.
Image processing and blogging
Apart from the writing I do however hardly anything with the device: Bildbearbeitung with Gimp brought the device to crash, also bloggen works for me better, if I prescribe the texts with open office. Reason: On the small display, the use of my complicated WordPress-Backend is simply too frickelig. We would rather not talk about webdesign.
For a mobile typewriter, which ultimately represents the laptop for me, but personally the price would be too high - although design, processing and battery life certainly represent additional pro-arguments. Since then I would either fall back on real notebooks with even a little larger 13 "display or a cheap netbook.
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