Nokia N73 Mobile Phone: Review
The Nokia N73 is a simply attractive 3G mobile phone which is a member of the N series. The N series is designed by Nokia & other members of the family include the Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N80, Nokia N90, Nokia 91, Nokia N92 & Nokia N93. The handset is a bar style design & offers the user a simple & fully equipped 3G imaging & music orientated mobile phone. The handset comes in a choice of four attractive colours which compliment the phones design & include silver grey, deep plum, frost white & metallic red. The Nokia N73 weighs 116 grams & measures 110 x 49 x19 mm in total which is a compact & well designed handset. The phone is full of great technology which is user friendly & improves the phones performance. The phone works on a quad band network which covers GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900 & includes WCDMA 2100. The N73 comes with 42 Mbytes of shared memory & the user can expand the phones memory up to 1 Gbyte by using the MiniSD™ memory card for extra storage. The phone is a 3G mobile phone which offers the user great connectivity which includes Bluetooth® wirefree connection, USB 2.0 with Pop Port™ connection & an infra red connection. The user can connect to compatible devices with ease & move data or images between the devices quickly & efficiently. The phone allows the user to connect to the Internet & enjoy a fast HTML & XHTML Internet experience for pleasure or work related browsing. The Nokia N73 comes with a Symbian OS operating system with S60 software, Nokia PC Suite & Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition.
The phone comes with a large 2.4 Inch TFT colour screen which provides 262k colours & a 240 x 320 pixel screen resolution. The screen comes with a light detector which can be used to save power & provides the best possible brightness on the screen. The integrated 3.2 megapixel camera is of outstanding quality & has a 20 x digital zoom & autofocus option. The user can use the cameras built in flash when taking a photo in duller conditions. The camera feature comes with a capture key which makes taking a photo quick & easy for the user. The Nokia N73 camera feature comes with many different setting modes to ensure the user will capture the perfect photo each & every time. The user can store their photos on the phones memory, send to other contacts via multimedia messaging service or email, print using Nokia Xpress printing & download to other devices using the phones connectivity options.
The N73 comes with all the messaging features that the user could desire which includes email with attachments, text messaging, multimedia messaging & instant messaging. The multimedia messaging service allows the user to send & receive messages with photos or video with sound & text. The multimedia message allows the user to have a reading & viewing experience through a messaging service.
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NOKIA N73 SMARTPHONE REVIEW
hiya thanks for looking at my review ive only got 3500 charcters so ill have to keep it short.
ive owned the n73 for 6 months now and i thought i should tell anyone looking for a new phone how good it is.
first let me start by telling you that when the first phone was released it had some software issues was slow at sending texts kept crashing etc however the phone is now over a year old and nokia technicians have had time to sort the software out--this is easily avalible free over the net via download and is very easy to do all you do is connect your n73 via usb download a program from nokia and run it 30 mins later you have a fully updated phone.just check the nokia website out.if you read alot of reviews out there please remember that they may have had the old software installed hence they may have had problems and been anoyyed about the phone
i have the latest software installed form the nokia website and to be honest with you this phone rocks
good things about the phone
great camera 3.2 megapixel with auto focus and flash
symbian operating system
sat nav compatible works great with tomtom 6
fast bluetooth version 2
big screen with bright vibrant colours
great battery life
very well built nice and sturdy feels good in your hands
very loud speakers for music and handsfree
expandable memory up to 2gb
much faster then my old n70
great games and applications
can play movies
great video camera mp4 quality
easy to sync and i mean very easy
can play megadrive games snes games and gameboy games :-)
has a stanby mode to save battery phone is still live just saves power :-)
things that are not so good
ha ha thats about it seriously the only thing i can fault this phone on is the headphones its supplied with
but you can buy a adapter so you can use any headphones just check out ebay and i use my cx 300s with it and the sound is awesome :-)
when i say the battery life is good i use the mp3 player for about 4-5 hours at work and when i finish work after a few calls and a few games to the battery has used 1 bar at the max with the built in satndby mode this phone dosent suck up the juice at all just make sure you dont have bluetooth on every min of the day and turn packet data to recieve when needed :-)
i used to own the n70 please see my other review , its a great phone too i really like it but nokia have tweaked the n73 to make it what the n70 should have been in the 1st place
you see nokia arent stupid they could have released this as the n70 but they take it in stages with slight but signifficant changes to each handset in their range ie this n73 has no wifi but then they released the n80 which does have wifi but has no autofocus on the camera.very clever marketing from nokia
would i recomend this phone
yes very much so when they 1st come out they were quite exspensive but as time has gone on they have come down in price and as people renew their contracts youll find them popping up all over ebay and amazon
ive bought a few phones off ebay and they have all worked ok so dont worry about that just do your research on the seller etc
i truly love this phone i have a seperate mp3 player a seperate camera etc but when i dont wanna carry them all about then the nokia n73 does all of their jobs and it does them very well indeed a recomended purchase :-)
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The first thing that you notice on picking up the N73 is the camera cover, which doesn't sit flush to the surface of the phone. However, whilst on first glance you might think it makes it look, well, odd, in fact it hides a key selling point of the handset - the camera. The camera itself is 3.2 megapixels, and launches as soon as you open the shutter - a revelation after being used to navigating various menus to get to a camera phone. You can adjust the resolution of the images, according to what you want to do with them, and how many pictures you want to be able to store on your phone. In a nice touch, they've added the size of print that each resolution will stretch too, which is exactly the kind of detail that your average user might not be sure of.
Taking a picture is also a piece of cake, thanks to the buttons on the side of the phone, which mean you can hold it exactly as if you're using a camera. All the settings are defaulted to auto, which means you don't need to worry about the flash (and it is a flash, rather than an LED light) or the focus, although you can switch to manual. In fact, there's at least 3 minutes of fun to be had revealing the lense and then watching the internal exposure mechanics adjust to the lighting - it's like shining a torch in someone's eyes and watching their pupils dilate. However, so far, so nothing new. But it's once you've taken a photo that the fun really starts.
The N73 comes set up ready for you to synch it with your Flickr account. It's just a case of entering your username and password, after which you're good to go. That means that when you take a photo, as well as the usual 'Send via text/bluetooth/IR' you have the option to upload on the Web. And once you've started, it's difficult to stop. I'm not sure when I'm going to need the pictures of my office that are now littering my Flickr account, but you never know.
It also comes with Nokia's Lifeblog, which is based on LiveJournal. It allows you to post items from your phone, including SMS, MMS and audio, onto your existing LiveJournal. If you don't already have an account, you can sign up from your phone and get started almost instantaneously. For avid mobloggers, there's an application which displays a timeline of all your activity from the day - the texts you received, the photos you took etc, which you can then go through and post to your blog.
Whilst its raison d'etre is the camera and all you can do with it, the N73 doesn't rest on its laurels when it comes to other features. There's a search application, accessible from the main menu, which connects you to both Yahoo and Yell.com, making finding business details, or just surfing the web a lot easier than navigating bookmarks. It's also got stereo speakers for the MP3 player, which play in 3D. There's another few minutes of fun to be had fiddling with the ringtones, hearing what they might sound like in a cave, a railway station or a duct. It's completely bizarre, but does illustrate the quality of the sound you can get out of them.
My experiences with the N73
I bought my N73 back in July 2006, after almost chucking my 6670 in the bin (I hated that handset with a passion.)
I was in the Vodafone shop trying to decide which handset to go for when a courier dragged a big box in through the door. The salesman said "let's see what we've got in here." Eventually he pulled out the N73 and I said "That's the one for me." We struck the deal and I walked out with a shiny new N73.
I took great pleasure in going to all the mobile phone shops and asking if they had cases. "For what model, sir?" was the question. "This one" was the reply. Only for the salesperson to shout out to their colleagues "Hey guys, he's got one of the new N73's!!" That was the first bit of fun I had with the N73.
However, the fun turned a little sour when over the weeks all the teething problems and gremlins showed up. Constant self restarts, crashing, memory leakage problems and speed were big issues. Eventually I phoned the Nokia Service Center and they told me there was a firmware update in the pipeline. 3 weeks later I took it in for the update only to be informed it has to go back to Nokia because it died half way through the update. I was gutted.
When it eventually came back things had improved a lot, although it still crashed, restarted and ran out of memory, but not as often. Earlier this year I took it for it's second update. This one trounced all the problems and I started to enjoy using the phone again, although there were still a few minor bugs.
2 weeks ago I updated it myself to firmware V4.07184.108.40.206 via the Nokia Software Updater and my PC. I was gobsmacked to find that Nokia had taken the best bits of all 3 N73 versions (N73, N73ME & N73IE) and rolled them into one big update. The update included the N73 multimedia features (Full use of the multimedia key), the N73ME music player and improved sound handling (Ringtones and music sound excellent now) and the browsing features of the N73IE (Faster browsing and over the air firmware updates.) There's also been some improvements in the camera dept as well and support for Bluetooth stereo headsets (A2DP).
It's been a mixed journey with the handset. We've had our fall-outs. Like everything new, teething troubles will come as standard, but in the end I'm glad I persivered with it. I'm really impressed with all the software and apps that are now becoming available. I too find texting a little hard with one hand on the small keypad, which is one of the reasons I gave it a "good" rating. I also find myself accidentally hitting the gallery button on the side when plugging in the data cable. The camera cover needs to be looked after (regularly cleaned out with a blast from a can of dry air and the contacts cleaned) otherwise it fails to activate the camera when you slide it over, the POP port needs a quick clean once in a while too, come to think of it.
Images from the main cam are very good, but still not on a par with a dedicated digi-cam. Standby time is excellent, thanks to the sleep/power save mode (Not even the N95 can touch 15 days stand-by.)
All in all I think it's a great little handset (now that all the major gremlins have been excorsised.) Anyone who's used to a basic handset will find it very daunting and confusing, because it needs time to get to know all the features and options. It's described as a "Handheld Multmedia Computer" (a fairly accurate description, I think.)
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Nokia N73 Mobile Phone, if yours is branded u must read
T-Mobile are currently doing the N73 very cheap on pay as you go but I hear you saying I don't want to be on T Mobile, Well don't worry this phone is unlockable and to add iceing to the cake it is also unbrandable, see my eBay shop for guides and unlock codes! Anyway back to the review;
The Nokia N73 updates the Nokia N70 3G SmartPhone. The N73 is a lot thinner than the N70 and weighs less as well, making it one of the lightest smartphones. It has a conventional boxy design with a regular keypad very similar to the N70. The keys are a little too small for large fingers to use easily and the joystick can be fiddly too. The display is very large with an amazing 240 x 320 pixel resolution and 262,000 colours. Its one of the best displays on any smartphone.
As well as upgrading the display, Nokia have upgraded the camera in a big way. The N73 sports a 3.2 megapixel camera using the same Carl Zeiss optics and CMOS sensor that made the N70 a powerful imaging device. The camera has a built-in flash, 20x digital zoom, macro mode, plenty of optional settings and a photo editor. It doesn't perform quite as well as the best camera phones from Sony Ericsson, but it significantly outperforms its predecessor and is a very good camera. Video recording is at CIF resolution with a framerate of 15 frames per second. Usefully video can be recorded in either 3GP or MPEG4 formats. A video editor application is included. There's a second inward-facing VGA camera for making video calls.
The N73 is also a great music device. It has a music player that supports a wide range of formats including MP3, WMA and AAC, and also an FM radio with Visual Radio functionality to display information about the artist and track playing. The music player supports playlists and an equalizer lets you adjust sound quality. Sound is through dual stereo speakers or using the stereo headset supplied.
The internal memory has been expanded to 42 Mbytes and there's support for a hot-swapable miniSD card. This will provide bags of room for storing music tracks and videos, making full use of the possibility to record videos of up to 90 minutes in length. Connectivity is via Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and infrared. Battery life is very good for a 3G phone.
As always with Series 60 phones, the complexity of the software means that they are usually slow to start, slow when browsing menus, and can be prone to crash. Read through our user reviews below and you will see that the number one complaint about the N73 is the problem of the phone freezing or shutting down, often when receiving a call. This is quite a common complaint in fact, and for this reason we have deducted two stars from our overall rating. A phone that doesn't work is not acceptable, however good it may be when it actually works! You might consider the Sony Ericsson K800i as an alternative, although it's not a Symbian phone. If you want a Nokia, but have been put off the Nseries by this review, you might like the Nokia 6300, which has most of the functionality of the N73, but isn't a Smartphone and is much more reliable and user friendly.
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