Nokia N73 Review - Help the Aged

By: Darren Evans

Whilst the Nokia N73 has been around for a while now, its appeal remains undiminished, especially with the release of an updated Music Edition that shows Nokia still see this as a key figure in its portfolio, even after being on general sale since autumn 2006.

With its features, you can see why Nokia see the N73 as a key figure in their relentless bid for domination. Its specs are impressive enough by today's standard to warrant consideration when purchasing a new-phone is on your agenda, so let's take a closer look to see if it really does deserve its status as a respected veteran of the mobile-world.

With the construction and build-quality, a decent balance has been struck. The qualities of the materials used on the body are very good though not spectacular. A slight concern is the keypad, which doesn't feel as solid as the rest of the device and the materials aren't quite on a par with the rest of the handset.

The design of the keypad itself leaves a little to be desired as all of the keys on the alphanumeric pad are too flat and too straight with no suitable degree of elevation or curvature seen. Better materials and smaller keys with spacing between each would certainly have been a better idea.

To make matters a little worse on the usability front is the Joystick control underneath the display, which is a step backwards from the norm. The majority of users seem to find that a normal 4-way D-pad is usually the best option and makes for improved usability.

Another poor design aspect is the camera shutter, which takes up a large portion of the back-cover and isn't stiff enough. This can result in the camera interface being started inadvertently when placing the phone in a pocket as the shutter starts up the imaging UI when opened.

The technical features are where the N73 comes into its own as what you get make it an ideal all-rounder. For connectivity you get GPRS and EDGE as you would expect, but you also have 3G available for video-calls and high-speed data transfers. The only thing that's missing is Wi-Fi and considering that the N73 has been marketed as (amongst other things) a smartphone, this is a conspicuous omission.

Arguably the main feature of the N73 is the 3.2MP camera with a Carl Zeiss Optics lens and has, by many, been put alongside the best in its field, namely the Sony Ericsson K800i/K810i & Samsung D900/D900i. The picture quality is very high and even so long after its release the N73 still puts up a very good fight and the title of the 'King of 3MP' is still within its grasp.

With such a wide-range of capabilities Nokia N73 is sure to have something for everyone, but business-users could be put off by the lack of Wi-Fi and more casual operators could be taken back by the not-so user-friendly keypad and joystick, which really could have been a lot better. Even with the announcement of new models almost daily, the N73 is still holding its own amongst the young pretenders and in fact it reminds me a little of U2. Constantly trying to justify there existence in the face of a rapidly changing market, still managing to stay relevant and somehow managing to stay near the top of the pile.

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