Nokia N73: Making Its Mark in the Sand of Time

By: Jack Daniel

Youngsters have quiet a habit of changing mobiles in a regular basis. The need for change, if felt, is when they want to upgrade their cell and couldn't do it because technology restricts them. There are many mobile manufacturers in the market trying to make it big, but Nokia is one such leader that has all the latest features incorporated in all their N-series. Once you buy the phone and you are sorted, at least until something new doesn't crop up.

The Nokia N73 music mobile phone is a generous 2GB mini-SD card capable device that can store upto 1500 songs. This music edition is equipped with a number of connectivity options. It sports Bluetooth, infrared, and USB 2.0 connectivity, it also has a USB cable in the sales package. The web browser has the ability to scroll through each page with a feature called 'page overview'. Email is also included with SMTP, IMAP4 and POP3 clients supported. Email attachments can be downloaded and saved to its mini-SD card.

It supports MP3, AAC, M4A, eAAC+ and WMA files. The device also includes RealPlayer, so playing full screen videos in MPEG-4 format is also possible. The N73 Music Edition is a USB mass storage device so files can simply be dragged and dropped onto the phone without using its software. A stereo FM radio with 20 preset stations is controlled through a stylish media menu. Running on the Symbian 9.1 operating system, the phone has full array of smart phone applications, including Quickoffice Word, PowerPoint and Excel document viewers, a host of PIM features (calendar, contacts, to-do list, notes, recorder, calculator, clock and converter) and both voice recording and dialing.

With a 3.2 megapixel camera featuring a Carl Zeiss lens, 20x digital zoom, a flash with red-eye reduction and auto-focus, it's one of the best camera phones doing the circles in the market. Capturing images at upto 2048 x 1536 pixels, the N73 Music Edition's colour reproduction is excellent. For editing photos and other images, it includes a copy of Adobe Photoshop Starter Edition 3.0 in its package. Video recording is also available; upto 1.5 hours of video in MP4 and 3GP formats can be stored. Hence, it could be used for both video calling over a 3G network or for taking portrait photos. Measuring 110mm x 49mm x 19mm, the N73 Music Edition weighs just 116g. The metallic plastic surrounding the keypad and controls gives the sense of class and style. There are buttons for menu, clear, edit and multimedia that surround the keypad. As the name suggests, the Nokia N73 Music Edition has a digital music player, which supports MP3 and AAC among others along with play-lists and equaliser. It also has OMA DRM 2.0 support for music files, stereo FM radio, integrated stereo speakers with 3D sound effects and Music Manager Application for music transfer. With all these features, Nokia is sure to fly high in the mobile world soon.

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