Nokia: What a Twist!

SAN DIEGO -- CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is showing off several devices here at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009 show, which could gain the company more visibility in the North American market.

The Finnish cellphone giant had its first-ever 3G netbook, or "Booklet" in Nokia-speak, on the stand. The super-skinny PC runs Windows 7, has integrated 3G and WiFi, up to 12 hours of battery-life, and weighs in at 1.5 pounds. Price could be an issue, however, with the Best Buy-exclusive device rumored to cost $600, around $100 more than many of these cheap lightweights. (See Nokia's New PC.)

Verizon Wireless , meanwhile, has the "Twist," a flip phone with a difference. A 2.4-inch color display covers most of the front of the small, square, $99 phone but this swivels aside to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard underneath.

The world's No. 1 cellphone maker has struggled to re-establish a presence in the North American market in recent years. The firm had been hit by its lack of a CDMA portfolio, which is now starting to change, and -- as with most of its rivals -- the poor economy has not helped. (See Nokia's CDMA Renaissance?) The firm is hoping that some of the newer devices might breakthrough in the U.S. "We've all been working really hard," says Nokia Services Sales Manager, Chanse Arrington.

Nokia also had its N900 and E72 amongst other phones on its stand. Video showing off some of these gadgets should be available soon on Unstrung.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

FredStein 12/5/2012 | 3:54:41 PM
re: Nokia: What a Twist!

I think they're smart to launch a premium product - to offer more at a slight price premium. The timing is perfect for xmas shopping.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:54:40 PM
re: Nokia: What a Twist!

Yeah, I think the Euro pricing gave people sticker shock because the Euro is spanking the dollar so hard right now. The price is 500-odd Euros, which translates to 800-plus dollars but the stateside price of these things is never a direct one-to-one conversion. I didn't get to check the 3G Booklet out as much as I'd like but it definitely seemed well done. Several of the newest notebooks are giving me a severe case of tiny laptop envy actually as I lug the aged company-issue IBM T43 ThinkPad around San Diego.

IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:54:32 PM
re: Nokia: What a Twist!

I'm finding that a smartphone beats a laptop when out of the office. Unless you actually have to write something, or edit slides, etc.  

Netbooks are kind of an in-between. My review here: http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=173559

Now I'm thinking the upcoming Nokia N900, with keyboard, might be just the device.

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