Nokia N73

30th Sep 2006 | 23:00

Nokia N73

Don't break the bank for a decent photo and 3G

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

All the extras make for a tempting all-round cameraphone


<p>Software customisation</p><p>Great value</p><p>Easy-to-use camera</p>


<p>Picture quality not always great</p>

The Nokia N73 initially looks like a rather ordinary candybar-style phone but it scores a good number of credibility points from the outset by not only offering a full range of 3G multimedia services, but also because it offers Symbian S60 smartphone functionality, and the potential for software customisation this allows.

This model doesn't just offer high-speed internet access and a range of document readers - if you don't like the applications and utilities that come supplied, you can download and use those from a different software house.

The 3.2-megapixel camera is a joy to use thanks to the large screen, uncomplicated design, and a lens cover that not only protects the high quality Carl Zeiss-sourced optics but provides a simple way to get the picture-taking started.

The built-in flash is not only a useful option in low light conditions but also fires up to help focusing in dim conditions.

There are plenty of creative options with this cameraphone, which are relatively easy to access using the joystick control and on-screen icons. Focusing is fast and accurate, although the facility needed to take pictures in the macro range does not produce reliably sharp images.

Software included

Provided software for the cameraphone includes a mobile blogging service, and Adobe Photoshop Album's basic cataloguing and editing application.

A secondary camera is also provided but this is intended simply to provide low-resolution footage for face-to-face video calling.

The Nokia produced a good set of results in field conditions, with pleasing colour balance and metering. There was a tendency for extreme highlights to burn out, but not to any great extent.

It's the price of this model that really makes it an attractive proposition. The Symbian S60 platform gives it a distinct advantage over its rivals, and its offering of 3G operation means that you can use the screen to watch mobile TV when you're not out taking pictures, or download or stream video or music (there's a decent MP3 player onboard here too). All these extras make for a tempting all-round cameraphone.

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