The Nokia N73 is an upgrade to the very successful Nokia N70 model, released around the 3rd quarter last year. The N73 brings some firsts from Nokia to the market, and is one of the first handsets to be released from the new N-range announced back in April this year. As with all of the N-range handsets from Nokia, the N73 is a high-end business productivity handset in a very sophisticated package. That's not to say you can't have any fun with the handset though, it has some great multimedia functions too.
The stand out feature on the N73 from the word go has got to be the Carl-Zeiss optics 3.2mpx digital camera. The camera shoots still images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels and is also capable of recording MPEG4 format video clips. With autofocus, a dedicated LED flash light, and many settings available for fine tuning your image capture, the camera is absolutely amazing. Check out the camera performance section on page 2 for more information, including pictures and sample video clips.
Now moving on to some of the other features of the handset, like the QuickOffice document viewers, media player application, Bluetooth v2.0, Symbian 9.1 OS with Nokia Series 60 interface and the hot-swappable miniSD memory card expansion slot.
For working on the go there's nothing better than being able to receive e-mail messages from your work accounts and take a quick look at attachments before even getting to the office. The N73 gives you the ability to do this, with the QuickOffice application suite consisting of a viewer for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations. The handset also comes with a preinstalled Adobe Portable Document Format (aka PDF) file viewer. As mentioned the e-mail client does support attachments, and with high speed 3G connectivity downloading large files isn't a problem.
The multimedia player on the N73 supports the most common audio and video formats like MPEG4, MP3, 3GPP, and AAC. Streaming video and audio can also be played back through the application, and most 3G providers have a host of these services on their WAP pages for a small free (be it monthly or a once-off). Multimedia can be transferred from a PC or other mobile device by way of Bluetooth v2.0, Infrared, or using the included USB 2.0 data-cable (Pop-Port™ connector).
The N73 is powered by one of the world's favourite Smartphone operating systems, Symbian. Version 9.1 of the OS is installed on the N73, which although not the latest version (latest at time of writing is 9.3) it's the most stable and offers features like a multithreaded kernel for power-efficiency, rich multimedia functionality, and a wide range of API's for further development. The N73 comes with the Nokia Series 60 3rd edition platform, one of the leading Smartphone platforms in the world.
The Nokia N73 is quite a large handset, but oddly enough it's not actually that heavy. The actual dimensions of the handset come in at 110 x 49 x 19mm, and around 116grams. This is fairly decent for a Smartphone and most people won't have any size-issues with this handset. Finally, mainstream 3G capable handsets are getting smaller!
I mentioned in the introduction that the N73 is an upgrade of the N70, and that can't be more obvious than in the design of the handset. It's the same basic candy-bar design, but the N73 is a tad larger than the older N70 handset. One thing that I couldn't quite get my head around was the gap between where the display ends and where the keys start on the front of the handset. Perhaps it's there for the display interface cables but to me it just looks weird!
The keys on the N73 are reasonably small and it does take some time to get used to not hitting three at a time when you really only want one. There's the regular 0 – 9, *, and # keys, two soft keys, hang-up and pick-up keys, a 5-way navigational stick, and four extra keys on the sides of the numerical buttons. The top key on the left side is for the main menu, and the one below it is for changing input type – numerical, T9 sentence, T9 lower, T9 upper, and multi-tap method.
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