Here it is — a netbook made by a cellphone manufacturer, and it's coming to the U.S. just in time for the holidays. Today Nokia revealed that it'll start selling its recently unveiled Booklet 3G in November for $299, exclusively at Best Buy. That's a nice price for a netbook with 3G, GPS, Windows 7, HDMI output and a sturdy aluminum unibody. Battery life is said to be a robust 12 hours. The catch: You need sign a two-year contract with AT&T to get it, and a typical 3G package costs $60 a month, so your $300 purchase will actually cost $1,740 in the long run.
Even so, the expense may be worth it to some people. After a few minutes of hands-on experience with the device, we can attest that some of the excitement is justified. The Booklet really feels solid in your hands, the keyboard feels very natural, and the 10.1-inch screen gives decent real estate. If you can somehow get your hands on one without the contract, Nokia reps confirmed the Ovi software on board will support tethering. All things considered, we really like the Booklet, but can't really stomach giving AT&T another $60 a month.
But that could be just us. Anyone putting this at the top of their Christmas lists?