Nokia N73 - a Review

By: Prasanth S

Nokia N73 can be viewed as a thinned down version of its own N70, with enhanced features such as QVGA display and a 3.2 mega pixel auto focus camera. It measures 110Ñ…49Ñ…19 mm and weighs 117 grams with SIM card present.

Starting from the front, the display of N73 boasts a resolution of 240x320 pixels and is capable of displaying 262k colors. The translucent metallic substrate that lines the display ensures that it remains readable even under the brightest of sunlight. Above the display, to the right, is the VGA camera, tailor made for video calls in 3G networks. It can take pictures as well. To the right of the VGA camera is the light sensor for controlling the backlighting of the keypad. The sensor also carries a blue tooth indicator LED.

The 3.2 mega pixel camera is at the back of the phone's body, protected by a sliding shutter. In order to switch on the camera, what all one has to do is to slide open the shutter. It starts running automatically. Regarding performance, it has good picture quality, quite comparable to that of its immediate competitor, Sony Ericsson K800i, with a fast enough auto focusing and decent macro mode for close-ups. The camera menu is also very much user friendly. The zoom control/volume control button lies to the right side top, while the shutter button and click button can be found at the bottom, same side.

If there is any glaring negative in N73, then it is its keypad. It is crammed and small, and it will be really awkward if the user tries to manage it single-handedly. Another con is the sunken position of the joystick inside the casing. Compared with similar Sony Ericsson models, this one is rather more difficult to operate.

Like other models in this price range, Nokia N73 comes with EDGE, 3G, blue tooth 2.0 with EDR, complete PIM applications with synchronizing to Outlook, MP3 player, email client, web browser, and 42 MB internal memory. The SD card slot is at the bottom, and it can be expanded to 2GB if one wishes so. On the downside, N73 lacks WiFi support.

To conclude, Nokia N73 is a great phone, especially for the tech savvy younger generation, who always want to keep abreast with the latest technology. N73s battery life however is not quite as good as Sony Ericsson K800i. But, then, it has its pluses as well, which no other competitor can match. Nokia N73 is priced at around ?350/$670/27,000 INR.

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