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Nokia N73 Smartphone Review

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Interface:

N73 is a phone running on Symbian Operating System with S60 interface. The version of system is v.9.1, which is the latest one up to now – that's why it's similar to other phones by the manufacturer, like the E70 and N80 for example.  This version of the S60 allows for various resolutions of the displays (the old 176x208 used in earlier Nokia smartphones and the new bigger 240x320 and 352x416), which helps for better image quality, as well as for more convenient reading of webpages, where resolution is more important than physical size. Another cool extra is the support of using the whole operating system in landscape mode – something that has been successfully done in WM for Pocket PCs.

The top part of the homescreen displays a clock and the date, as well as the usual signal strength and battery, while the name of the carrier or Offline can be seen in the middle. The Offline tag indicates that the N73 works only as an “organizer” with the phone function switched off (that's handy for using the device during a flight). Just below these is located a row of 6 shortcuts which can be personalized to suit you best.
The rest of the display, below them, is used for “notifications” – this is where missed calls, upcoming tasks (or To-Do in the calendar), received messages are displayed, as well as the music player status (the song that's played at the moment). The various capabilities of this Active Desk can be set to serve you best. It resembles a well-personalized homescreen of a Pocket PC with Windows Mobile OS and is really useful and pleasant to use, and it saves a lot of time. Located at the bottom of the screen are the two software buttons which can also be personalized from the Settings menu.     

Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review


The main menu can be viewed as 3x4 grid of icons that can also be displayed as a list (it's chosen directly from the main menu) but the icons are not animated in both cases. The keypad buttons can be used as shortcuts – a function which is much better implemented than version 6 of the S60 interface but still a lot of things should be changed: as the menu not always holds 12 icons (they can be more or less), scrolling up/down shows you different ones that should be associated with the keypad – but they're not. If you press 3 while at the highest part of the grid, you'll select the icon located at the top right corner. But if you scroll down to reveal the other icons in this menu, pressing the 3 button will still open the afore-mentioned menu, not the one currently located at the top right of your screen; so these shortcuts only relate to the first 12 icons in a particular menu, while the rest (if there are any) remain without any shortcuts. If a button's function is dynamic and corresponds to the grid in the menu, you can click the button for a given menu without even thinking about it. Thus, you save the time you usually need to “walk around” the menus, using the joystick.     
The menu can be personalized by using themes, and if you combine various screensavers and personalized homescreens, two identical phones can look quite different. Definitely, the operating system provides many good personalization options, so it can be compared to the most advanced system, according to us – WM for Pocket PCs.

Phonebook:

The Contacts menu is almost the same as the one in the older version of the S60 interface. All the contacts are displayed as a list and if there's a picture ID, it can be seen in the top left corner of the screen as a thumbnail with a very small size (it's the same when you have an incoming call and that's why we find this feature useless) when you select the contact.

Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review


If you want to search, you type in directly from the keypad and searching is done for the whole name (not only the first word), even if the name is saved in more than one field (first and last name for example). If you want to edit a contact , you can only change the already defined fields. For adding more information you need to select the Add Detail menu. When adding a new contact you are provided with the “basic” fields, but with the “Add Detail” function you have almost no restrictions on the fields and their number and you can add a lot of phone numbers.   

Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review

The phone has a set of voice commands – they are speaker independent and you don't have to “train” every command, something that can save you a lot of precious time. By holding the right soft key, the “recognizer” turns on and you can say a name (from the phonebook) to be dialed. Names like “Father”, “Brother”, “test”, “John” and “Neo” were no problem, but we had no success with others like “Amy” for example.

The commands can activate various programs or perform different functions, like “New SMS” for example, but a list with different capabilities must be added to the menu - not all of them are added by default so that they're easier to recognize with any speaker – thus by adding only the ones you need you can achieve best possible accuracy without the annoying training – and it works, the voice commands were very accurate and we rarely experienced mistakes when launching applications.

Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review
Nokia N73 Smartphone Review

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Nokia N73

Nokia N73

OS: Symbian 9.1
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.33 x 1.92 x 0.74 inches
(110 x 49 x 19 mm)
4.09 oz  (116 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 3.76 hours talk time

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