Nokia N73

Nokia's N73 is one of the best camera phones we've seen this year, with a wide range of multimedia and business features tucked under its belt. Responsiveness, however, is not a strong point.


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Design
Part of Nokia's multimedia N series, the N73 is a candy bar-shaped phone with a vibrant, six-centimetre, 262K-colour display. Nokia ships the N73 in three colour variations: silver grey/deep plum, frost white/metallic red and frost white/mocha brown. It's quite a large phone, measuring 110mm by 49mm by 19mm, but Nokia keeps the weight of the handset down to a reasonable 116 grams. The keypad is relatively small and cramped, with eight shortcut keys squeezed above and around the numerical buttons. Navigating menus can be tricky as the joystick beneath the screen is small and sensitive.

In keeping with the N73's emphasis on photography, the rear of the N73 has a sliding lens cover that activates the camera. It switches the display into a landscape-oriented viewfinder, so that the shutter button is conveniently located under your right index finger when the phone is rotated. We found the lens cover on the back isn't prone to opening accidentally when put in your pocket, like the Sony Ericsson K750i, so you shouldn't end up with an album of close-up shots of your thigh. There is also an image gallery shortcut on the side of the phone, allowing you to quickly show snaps to friends.

Despite its bulk, the N73 is a reasonably attractive phone, with its king-sized display being the centre of attention. It does, however, tend to bulge in your pocket.

Features
Nokia chose respected optical brand Carl Zeiss for the N73's f2.8/f5.6 Tessar lens. With a resolution of 3.2-megapixels, you can take shots suitable for prints up to 5.1 x 6.8 inches (13 x 17cm), however standard 4 x 6 inch photos (10 x 15cm) will turn out less grainy. The N73 supports four image quality settings, from MMS-suitable shots up to the aforementioned print quality photos. Scene modes include auto, macro, portrait, landscape, sports, night and night portrait; the N73 displays a helpful description of each when you're choosing the mode. Red-eye reduction flash mode is onboard, but we were disappointed with the N73's LED-based flash -- the xenon flash on the Sony Ericsson K800i does a much better job. Colour tone, exposure, ISO speed and white balance can all be adjusted to pre-defined values for stills.

Videos can also be recorded up to a maximum resolution of 352 x 288 pixels. The N73 saves videos in MP4 or 3GPP video files. RealPlayer and Flash files can also be viewed.

Nokia's XpressShare feature lets you MMS, e-mail, print or send photos using Bluetooth after taking them. Best of all, though, you can upload photos directly to a Flickr account after entering a username and password in the Online Sharing settings. Blogger users will of course prefer the K800i's photo blogging tool. Another nice touch is that photo slideshows can be played back with a Ken Burns-like effect that smoothly zooms in and pans around on images while music plays in the background.

You can play MP3, WMA and AAC tracks through the N73's music player and Nokia supplies a stereo headset that also acts as an antenna when you're listening to FM radio.

Productivity applications include e-mail (IMAP4 and POP3), note taker, voice recorder, unit converter and PDF viewer. Quickoffice is onboard for editing Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents. For the security-conscious, a link to download F-Secure Mobile Antivirus can be found in the applications menu.

Connectivity options include 3G capability, Bluetooth 2.0 and infrared. For a high-end phone, we were disappointed the N73 didn't come with WLAN support -- although Nokia has announced the Wi-Fi-enabled N95. Internal memory is around 42MB and Nokia supplies a 128MB miniSD card in the box, which slots in at the bottom next to the Pop-Port connector.

The N73 supports USB 2.0 for fast, wired connections, but the supplied PC Suite Synchronization software only works on Windows. Adventurous Mac users can try the Urban Puddle blog for information on a German-developed plugin that aims to sync the N73 using iSync.

Sudoku addicts can get their daily logic-puzzle fix on the N73 with games up to 9 x 9 numbers in size. The faddish game features a range of difficulty levels, error checking and "pencilled" marks for the apprehensive. A 3D version of Nokia's classic Snakes games also helps pass time during commutes.

The Web browser found on the N73 is one of the best we've seen on a mobile device. Most of the sites we tested displayed perfectly on the screen, with the browser supporting Javascript, frames, text search, dynamic HTML and a function called "MiniMap" that shows you an overview of the entire Web page as a thumbnail while you use a "mouse pointer" to navigate.

Performance
Battery life was excellent during our test period -- we almost reached a week between charges with minimal use of the phone. However, when using a combination of Bluetooth and multimedia features, you'll need to recharge the N73 every three to four days.

As for the best camera phone of 2006 -- Nokia N73 vs. Sony Ericsson K800i -- on image quality alone we'd say the N73 just noses in front of the K800i. In our test photos, subjects were slightly sharper and colours a touch more vivid on the N73 -- although we did notice some JPEG compression when we zoomed to actual size on a monitor). Overall, though, we still crown the Sony Ericsson K800i winner. Its Xenon flash, although not on par with a digital camera, puts it leagues ahead of the competition. However, if you're a daytime shooter, the N73 performs admirably.

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N73_user posted a review   

The Good:Can easily hack

The Bad:very slow response if 3+ apps are running

useless keypad, less ram, old OS, no GPS,.. but battery backup is nice(3days).

 

raj posted a comment   

The Good:yes

The Bad:no

yaaaaaaaaaa

nokia freak
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nokia freak posted a review   

The Good:music player , speakers , camera

The Bad:joystick , speed ,

It is good for music , but the phone is very slow & the more data you have the longer it takes for the phone to work.
Crashes & restarts at anytime.
Battery life is poor

 

woletsn posted a comment   

it quickly cotact virus and require to be flashed

Darkstormchaser
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Darkstormchaser posted a review   

The Good:Great camera, good size, adequate screen

The Bad:Buttons, lack of automatic key-lock, sluggish

I took heaps of photos with this phone, all were great quality

Cramped keyboard meant I often deleted messages by mistake (clear button above the end button)
Joystick broke after 18 months, and would only go up
Sluggish to respond
No way of setting it to lock the keypad! Had to download a program

 

foilage posted a reply   

just tap the off button and scroll down

vanvss
4
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vanvss posted a review   

The Good:the camera ,

The Bad:THE BATTERY

the battery is absolute rubbish , it dies v quickly , i am quite disappointed however everything else in perfect.

J
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J posted a review   

The Good:nothing that stands out

The Bad:battery life is terrible, buttons are finickety

Problem no. 1: More than 3 calls in a day and the battery dies. These are not long calls either. 5 minutes tops. And it dies. Very displeased

Problem no. 2: The buttons. The keyboard is cramped and often results in blank texts being sent, wrong people being called. All things I get charged for and nothing I get anything out of. Not happy.

crabdog
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crabdog posted a review   

The Good:camera..

The Bad:messy software, sluggish software, temperamental

I bought the black music edition because i wanted a phone with decent music capabilities but have been pretty disappointed with it since day 1.

Navigating the menus is very sluggish and I found the software navigation very unintuitive. The pc software suite is not great either - it reminds me of that awful bloatware I-Tunes.

I must say though the camera takes good pictures as long as there's plenty of light. The flash is next to useless except for doing close ups.

Battery life used to be great but after about 12 months it's become very erratic.

Overall - really disappointed that I paid so much for this pocket brick. Next phone I will be probably be going back to a Samsung or LG phone.

nokia lover
9
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nokia lover posted a review   

The Good:3.2 meg pixel with carl zeuis lens

The Bad:not much I can think of

so far, this is the best fone i owned for the past years.


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  • N73_user

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    "useless keypad, less ram, old OS, no GPS,.. but battery backup is nice(3days)."

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    "yaaaaaaaaaa"

  • nokia freak

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    "It is good for music , but the phone is very slow & the more data you have the longer it takes for the phone to work.
    Crashes & restarts at anytime.
    Battery life is poor"

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