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Unlike its big brother – the N93, N73 is in the classic candybar design and the only movable part in its construction is the slider, which protects and enables the camera that is on the back of the phone. Its glides smoothly and is aided by a spring mechanism, which makes it really easy to open or close by only a slight push with your finger. There's no annoying wobbling both when opening and closing it.

The N73 is available in two color combinations – black and white, and red and white, as the one we tested was the latter. Only the front side is entirely in white (and little silver too), while the rest is respectively in black or saturated red. Both color variations are highly contrasting, while the daring red one is obviously aimed at the younger customers as it's an eccentric color and is rarely used in mobile phones. The N73's construction is relatively solid as the only noticeable problem about it is the battery cover which slightly succumbs when pushed. The phone feels comfortable in both hands and the side buttons (located only on the right side) are easy to use. Its weight of a little over 4 oz. helps you feel it in your pocket but it still fits in there. That's not much and it's lighter than most Nokia smartphones and almost every Pocket PC phone, but it's more than the standard one for modern WM Smartphones.

The front side is dominated by a 262k color large QVGA display, which is very bright and thanks to the light sensor its brightness is adjusted according to the lighting conditions, just like with the E50, so the display is clearly seen even in very bright sun light. The contrast is very strong and the colors are highly saturated, while thanks to the high resolution the pixels are small enough and the images look clear and detailed. Just above it are the camera for video calling and the service LED light.


The keypad buttons are small which is really annoying as it causes a lot of trouble when you use them – you have to press them with the top of your finger. They're located at the lower part of the phone which makes them even harder to use when holding the phone with only one hand and entering text, because the weight distribution is not right in this case and it's likely that the handset slips out of your hand. All the buttons have very good tactile response, but the surface of the keypad is almost completely flat and you can hardly feel the separate keys, which even harder because there is no spacing between them. For navigation, mainly the joystick is used and it's the most protrusive part on the front side so it's very comfortable and easy to move in any direction, while pressing it is also not hard at all.

Located on the right side of the phone are the volume control buttons and below them - shortcut keys to the gallery and the camera. They're easy to see in the dark as they are lit too and the color of the light is blue just like the one of the numeric keypad. The soft buttons and the joystick are lit in white, while the Answer and Reject ones are respectively in green and red. The left side of the phone houses only the infrared, which does not fit at all to the overall design of the phone. Located at the top is one of the speakers, as well as the power button, in the middle, which also acts as a shortcut to the Profiles. The other speaker is located at the bottom where the miniSD cards slot and the pop-up port are. The stereo speakers are located at the top and the bottom respectively, so that they can be as far as possible from each other in order to achieve some kind of stereo sound. We did not notice any stereo effect but that may also be a result from the poor quality of the sound coming out of the speakers.        

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