With so many similarities with the Nokia E72, the E73 Mode continues its close relationship as it's running S60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2 which makes the experience no different. We've gone into depth about the platform with our review of the Nokia E55, but the E73 Mode's biggest feature software-wise is its ability to switch modes so it can fit to your lifestyle – both work and personal. By simply changing modes through the control panel, the home screen and theme automatically changes to each specific style. Even though it's a nice feature, the work mode essentially clutters your home screen with links to access your email while the personal mode eliminates everything completely to make the home screen almost barren. As a whole, the platform runs relatively quick with any rare instances of lag thanks to the peppy 600MHz processor on board.

Messaging is a breeze on the handset thanks to the versatile QWERTY keyboard in conjunction with Nokia Messaging which takes out the hassle of setting up and organizing email on the handset. Generic email providers like Yahoo! and Gmail were simple to setup after simply typing in our email address and password while specific ones will require additional information like server addresses before being completely set up. Instant messaging is provided by Oz and allows you to choose from AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, and MySpaceIM.

When it comes down to preloaded applications on the Nokia E73 Mode, there's plenty to keep you situated – such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google, YouTube, TeleNav, Where, and Ovi Maps. If you happen to tire with them, the Ovi Store will provide you with third party apps to further the experience on your smartphone.

Camera and Multimedia:

For the most part, the Nokia E73 Mode's 5-megapixel camera takes some pretty decent outdoor shots. Generally, they pack plenty of detail and natural looking colors, although at times images come out somewhat blurry. Indoor or low lit photos tend to be a little overcast. However, this can be remedied using the LED flash which does a good job of illuminating dim conditions – we especially like how it turns on the flash briefly to focus in on the shot before actually taking the image altogether. As an added option, you can use the front-facing VGA camera to take shots, which are best for self portraits, but find it most useful for video chat via Fring.

With its ability to shoot videos in VGA resolution at 15 frames per second, the Nokia E73 Mode leaves a lot to be desired. The clips come out fairly choppy and exhibit some jerky movements, while colors look natural as a whole. All in all, we wouldn't say that it gets the job done, at least considering today's standards.

Nokia E73 Mode sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.

The music player easily suffices in accomplishing most of the basic tasks related to playing music, but its presentation is a bit lax when compared to some of the more modern interfaces like Cover Flow. Audio quality on the phone was tolerable when volume was set to the middle setting as tones were more sharp when louder, however, choosing the appropriate equalizer setting does make it sound better.

Naturally its 2.4” display may be seen as a bit quaint for watching videos, but it doesn't deter from making the experience nonetheless worthwhile. Using two videos for our testing, we did notice that it stuttered slightly when playing a video coded in H.264 at 640 x 272 while another in H.264 at 320 x 136 was smooth and lag-free. We'd imagine the higher resolution could've been the culprit for the slower playback, but its overall performance was still passable.

Packing on 250MB of internal storage might not suffice especially if you're media centric, but thankfully it comes included with a 4GB microSD card.


Global trotters will feel comfy using the handset for phone calls seeing that it's a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band UMTS (900/1700/2100 MHz) device. If there's a lack of 3G connectivity in your area, you could always switch to Wi-Fi for an alternative source of high-speed connectivity.

The Symbian browser handles well considering it doesn't offer the added convenience of a touchscreen, as pages load decently and provide limited Flash support – meaning you can view YouTube within the browser as opposed to launching a separate app. Scrolling was smooth looking for the most part once a page has completely finished loading up – which was pretty quick using T-Mobile's 3G network. Finally, we like how it's able to provide you a small page overview window after you begin to scroll heavily. Although it might not be perfect in every aspect, the experience is uplifting and passable, although some refinements could be made to make it more mobile friendly.

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