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NOKIA N73- MOBILE REVIEW
Adobe PDF- Viewing images and documents
Quick Office- Save information to documents in your phone
Notes-Taking live notes as an alternative to saving text to a draft text message.
Call log- Recent received, missed and dialled calls
Clock-World and current time.
Web-The worldwide mobile web.
Tutorial- How to use this cool gizmo.
Lifeblog- Log your life
radio-Listen to live radio whilst headset connected(Earphones work as signal antenna)
Camera-3.2 Carl Zuiss lense
Flash Player- Watching and downloading images from your phone to a high quality image.
Antivirus- Protect your phone with the latest mobile security.
Maps- View your surrounding area with this cool application.
*Tools and Other Features*
Above all these different features the phone also harbours the latest in mobile blue tooth technology as well as an infra red communication application. Like most phones the N73 has a voice mail activation when you phone the network but with the N73 you can edit your voice mail message from a useful application located in tools.
You can connect to your PC in the comfort of your own home and transfer media files through a data cable that comes with the phone.
The phone has a modern Nokia style with a simple keypad like most other mobile phones as well as having useful buttons on the side of the phone where you can short cut straight to the camera and to the menu and also to your gallery from the touch of a single button.The home screen has the short cuts to the gallery and to the menu which you can change depending on which application you use the most which is located in settings.
The phone has an electronic calendar that you can use to set alarms for dates that are important or to create you very own little reminder. You can change the alarm tones and can set events for up to 10 years before, lets say you'll be gone before your late!
The price tag on a phone like this is one of not too many smiles.
There is a secondary camera which sometimes glitches when your trying to convert between the two. When you try and change photographs there are two different buttons to shutter a picture which is sometimes annoying. The phone is one that you must learn to use and is different to other phones which makes this phone special for me and now I will never use another phone and if I bought a new one it would be the exact same phone.
The phones maintenance is excellent as it lasts for a long time as I have dropped it a million times and the phone is still in perfect condition.
The camera on the phone takes beautiful quality pictures that are very clear and you have the option of using the flash if you want and even clearer picture of if you are in the dark and need a little help, your little buddy will always back you up.
The only thing bad about this phone is that it does not look like a stylish phone to others but I know in my heart that other people have no Idea about what my phone is capable of and how it puts other phones to a bold shame. The buttons on the phone make it hard to text fast which is what I like to do but makes it hard to make grammatical mistakes while texting and therefore supports me wherever I need it.
The phone comes in at around £229 at major Nokia stockists and is on Amazon for £65, This confused me quite a bit but I think wherever you go you'd be getting a good deal for this phone as when it came out it sots £500. The price may be deceiving but I think through everything I have explained about the phone it's worth it.
The N73 is quite a bulky phone that's actually surprisingly light for its size, and is no short on features such as an FM radio (although it only works with the headphones plugged in), two cameras (one on the front, I'm not sure how many megapixels it has, and one on the back, which is 3.2 megapixels, and great!), converters, etc.
The 3.2 megapixel camera is very handy in taking photos or videos of things that are relatively nearby because as you enlarge them, they don't lose too much of their quality, although for some reason, unlike in digital cameras, the image quality of photos or videos taken on the N73 diminishes very quickly when you zoom into them.
Also. the phone comes with photo and video editing software that's very useful and fun, especially for children, as my children so often confirm. As well as those features, the phone has a few 'quick' buttons that can be pressed to immediately go to your messages for example, and these can be changed to perform different functions (for example changing the function from 'go to messages' to 'write a message').
The phone has a small keypad that is fiddly to type with, and the phone becomes very faulty after a few years, e.g. spontaneously turning on and off. Aside from that, the games that come with the phone can keep you entertained for so long when you're in a boring situation such as on the train, and the children love to play those games such as 'Snake 3D' when they're bored at a wedding for example (I know that sounds bad, but sometimes they can be boring before the bride and groom arrive, and we are waiting for their appearance).
I have had this phone for over two years and when I bought it I was excited by all the features on it. Now I'm just disappointed by Nokia.
I have always had Nokia phones, as they are sturdy and drop-proof. This is no exception. It has taken a massive hammering and still looks good. It is quite heavy compared to some of the smaller phones available, smaller but thicker than an iphone and relatively heavy.
The best feature on the phone has to be the camera which is 3.2mp and a Carl Zeiss lens (he's quite good apparently). There is another camera on there too, not sure why as it is poor quality and I'd never use it. The better camera has a flash which is OK, but bad in clubs or really dark night scenes, but pretty good for a camera on a phone. The video is also really good and very clear. Very happy with both of these
There is a removable memory card which is good so you have as much memory as you need on the phone. I have never really been able to sync the phone to the PC through the software and successfully download pictures etc. so I always do it in "mass storage" mode which works quite well.
I have only just been able to use the internet on it as my old contract didn't have internet. It is quite slow and unreliable (on 02) and doesn't always work. Facebook, twitter etc. work ok but browsing isn't the best and the screen is much smaller than the iphone.
I haven't used any apps. on this phone and feel I may be missing out but this brings me to the big problem with it. The software is naff. It is awful. I was warned this before I bought, and even after doing an update, it is not much better. It has slowed with time, after about 6months it slowed right down. Apps. take AGES to open (including messaging and making a call), it takes ages for a call to register on the screen, it lights up then takes about 10 seconds for the phone to show the name of the caller, which is annoying as they have usually hung up by then.
The layout and ease of use is quite straighforward (except when using USB), the joystick and keyboard work well and as I say, the overall feel of the phone is good, but I've had enough of it now. Iphone ahoy for me.
I would say if you are looking for a phone of this calibre, the Sony Ericsson k800i is a good match and gets better reviews, I went with this for the camera, but there is an update of the k800i with a better camera that I would buy. My Dad has this one and it has had no problems in the last 2 years.
Disappointed with Nokia this time.
I currently own one and I think that they are brilliant.
Although it does take a while to get used to any new phone phone in the Nokia N Series.
It is a very good phone with many amazing features that are all worth while. For example, insead of the usual 4 button navigation, it has an individual 'joy stick' syle navigation method. It has a 3.2 megapixle camera with different settings depending on what kind of pictue you are trying to take, for example, if youare trying o take a picture of a friend running, then you would set it in "Sport" mode. It has a slide on the back to protect the camera lense from damage or dirt. it also has 2 lenses, one on the back for regualr everyday use, and one on the front to take pitures of yourself, or with friends.
It has tonnes of storage space. It has full access to the internet where ever you go. It has free antivirus software to protect yor phone from 'unfriendly websites'.
You also have an 'interactive' first display screen (The same sort of thing as a computer) whereby you have your most used icons on there, for example, messages, gallery, callender, contacts. etc etc.
I highly recomend this phone, and is great value for money.
Thanks for reading my review.
it is posted on ciao .
Ive had this phone for over two years now. The only problems ive had is a joysick button falling off (aparrently this has been its main defect) but the O2 shop sent it off straight away for me and provided me with a loan phone to use whilst i waited for this one to come back. I chose it because it is a decent size and nikias are known for being fairly robust (essential for me as im quite clumsy!) The camera is very good on it, it is a 3.2mp Carl Zeiss lense- which is pretty good for a phone! It has different software on it from other nokias so i am told, however it is very easy to find your way around. I have not found it very good for internet browsing as it is quite slow for that but i dont really want to use it for that anyway! I like this phone overall.
On first glances the phone appears to be quite big and bulky however after handling for a few moment you notice the sleek design and the way it fits perfectly in your hand.
The buttons can be a little fiddley if you have problems with your hands, such as moving the joy stick and also the 4 keys which surround the numerical keys. Other than this the physical layout is perfect. With a camera on the back which has a slide screen to protect it from any damage. There is also a small camera on the front of the phone in the top right hand corner which is there to enable you to use video calling. Personally this feature was a little pointless as the camera wasn't as sharp as the main camera and often gave a blurry pixelated picture.
The phone is packed with features, such as games, the ability to play music and listen to the radio as well as web and walk internet facilities. You can add a memory card to store pictures, music, video and pdf's. I downloaded my bus timetables on to mine.
Unfortunately I dont have much luck with phones and after 8 months it began to freeze and become unresponsive.
the nokia n73 is a great phone. i've been using it for about 2 years now and i have only had 1 problem with it. the middle button fell out, and i had to superglue it back in. i've heard that this is a common problem, but beleive me, its nothing a bit of superglue cant fix! now, to get on to the phone, i doesent do everything, but it does what you want any phine to do. text, ring, etc. although there are a few applications you can get for it. i have google maps, and youtube on my phone. it uses 3G, so the quality isent to great, but its nothing to worry about.the phone has a mini SD port, so you can store all of your photos, music and videos on there, and there is a file manager, so you can acsess all the files in your phone. there are a great host of other feutures, and games to play. you can also download games from the internet, along with themes and a whole host of other feutures. the phone is also very reliable, and if your looking for a phone, but dont have a very big budget, this is the perfect phone for you. there is two speakers on the phone, so you get 3D sound and they go extremly loud.
The Nokia N73 is not the greatest phone of the N series but is definitely a good phone with a wide variety of features and applications. The phone has two cameras with the front camera being of a lower quality as it is designed particularly for video calling, the phone is designed to work with the 3g messenger service. The second camera I felt was a really good quality for a phone and had 3.2 mega pixels which was excellent for taking photos on, particularly as the phone has such a wide screen. This brings me to the size of the phone, however, which is not one of its best features and I found that the phone was bulky, difficult and uncomfortable to squeeze into my pocket. The phone can give a nice loud ring which is ideal if you're always missing calls simply because you can't hear the phone. However the text message alarms, (which were very difficult to change) were so loud and sudden I practically had a heart attack with every text. The alarm clock on the phone as its a Nokia tells you how many hours you have until the alarm clock goes off which is thoroughly depressing if your a uni student averaging 4 hours of sleep a night, you are also not able to make multiple alarms. The phones memory capacity is quite large and useful for holding songs and pictures which both could be played in a high quality. Despite the camera being very good if often froze or said hardware failure and therefore was extremely frustrating. Another annoying feature of the phone was a blue flashing light that from the day I got the phone would flash consistently at random intervals for no reason at all, trust me! This meant I had to turn my phone off every night or hide it in a shoe so the light didn't disrupt my sleep. The phone was very much for, I'd imagine an office worker who might benefit from the email and organizer facilities the phone offered, but for me they went unused.
I was going to start this review with me exclaiming how much I love this phone, however by writing this review I am reminded how frustrated I became with its bulky stature, frozen camera and that enjoying flashing blue light.
Having owned this phone for a year I really enjoyed using it and all its features. The Carl Zeiss 3.2MP camera is really good considering this devices main function is that it is a phone! I took the phone on several holidays and it never let me down as my main source of taking photos.
I also used this phone to listen to radio and play music which it also does very well.
The battery on this phone was a bit of a mixed bag. Left on its own or just used to text people and browse the net it would last several days which was fine, however one long phone conversation and the battery would slip to almost the halfway point from beeing fully charged.
The screen is impressive for a Nokia and is very bright. Also the whole phone in general responds quite quickly to keypad presses and going through the menu is a pleasure.
I have also found the phone to be very sturdy and hasnt been damaged or scratched at all despite being dropped more than once!
I would recommend this as a phone as well as a decent camera and its other neat features like radio and internet.
My recommendation is simple! Do not buy this phone!!!
When I bought this phone, I was so impressed with the extra features - the camera and video quality is brilliant for a mobile, the music player on there which does hold a number of songs, microsoft applications...etc. If you like your phones to have the whistles and bells, this is the phone for you.
The screen is large, so great for reading long messages/emails, seeing photos you have taken and for viewing downloads. The buttons are small on this - so text messaging can take you a little time to master, without unwanted letters showing up too!
However, this model is plagued with faults. Not only from my experience, but friends and family too.
The five reoccurring problems for myself, 4 family members and 3 friends are the following:
Copying contacts from your SIM card to your phone and vice versa - it tends to just freeze halfway through. So a nightmare if you want to back up a copy of your contacts onto another SIM card.
Another frequent problem is the other person hearing you but you not hearing them or vice versa. The problem reoccurs a lot - only resolved by switching it off and on although sometimes that doesn't work and you just have to text message people for a few hours before it resolves itself.
It keeps freezing and you'd have to switch it off. Or it would suddenly lose signal mid-call, even though where you'd been stood talking for the past hr, it was fine. No one can explain why!?
And the other nifty trick, was to switch itself off during calls!
I handed my phone into repair (while it was under guarantee) 4 times, on the 5th time, Carphone Warehouse finally decided to give me a refurbished phone - only for 3 of the 5 problems mentioned above to repeat again.
When I took it back in, I was told the N series, particularly this model was very unreliable. I rang up Nokia and even the guy WORKING FOR NOKIA, told me the phone had received so many complaints. Now if the manufacturer supposedly biased(!!!) is saying this... says a lot!
It has still continued to give me problems and I bought a new phone after my car broke down and it switched itself off while I was trying to speak to the recovery people and give them my location!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes the camera is good, yes it is a slick phone but for the whistles and bells, it hasn't even got the basics right. Buy a different phone!!!
I had not had a phone for years and ended up buying this phone as a bit of a 'stop gap' phone before I thought about taking the plunge and buying the Iphone.
BUT after using it I dont think I will be bothering with the Iphone now. The phone is very clean looking with a great big colour screen.Plenty of features including all the usuals.
Pairs up excellently in my car with my Parrot handsfree kit but even if you dont have the hands free kit the phones speaker is very good/loud.
navigating around the phone was very simple and took minutes to get used to and although the camera looks very good I have never been one for using phone pics for anything more than screen savers.
Nokia do make the best phones and in my opinion this is no exception to the rule.
Go get yourself one !!
When I recently bought my phone, (which I admit is only temporary, selling and iPhone or LG viewty) I was very happy for my purchase. I bought it for £90 (and selling for same price). Anyway, I can say one bad thing about this. It has EVERYTHING, texting, good signal, great camera it has auto-focus and many modes. while the easy to use controls, involve using the mini joystick (which works great!) under the screen to browse the icons and clicking to choose. It also has the button on the side which focuses you picture for you (when green).
The screen is fairly big for what is known as a canybar phone.
The camera has a protective cover which blends in with the phone.
Thanks to this brilliant camera I have LOADS of pictures of my kittens, and some amazing pictures of a lady bird (in magnificent detail) etc.
This really feels like a man phone it fits great in your hand and is a delight to use.
It isn't the "most" recent phone, but certainly one of the most decent.
It has great user friendly qualities such as the buttons at the side of the keypad to jump to, short menu, main menu or the cancel and copy and paste buttons. It also has a secondary camera which you can use to take pics of yourself unlike some phones that use it only for video calling.
Mine is a sleek black is generally really attractive.
All i can say is my advice would be for you not to buy this phone. I had this phone for over a year and found it rubbish. When i first got it i thought it was great, had loads of features, a good camera and was pretty flash at the time wen i got it. But all the fancy features soon became a hinderence as it took up a lot of space on the phone memory and it wasnt clear how to use them. I mean, who needs adobe on their phone?? I just didnt get it. The camera was good but after a while this started playing up.When i tried to use the camera after a while it just wouldnt stay on the camera setting. I cecame really dissapointed in the phone after that because that would of been its best feature. The phone started to have a mind of its own when it was coming up to a year old, ringing people in my phone book without me even touching the buttons! I eventually cancelled my insurance on the phone when my contract was about to run out because i didnt think the phone was even worth being insured. I havent heard great reports about other n series phones either so my experience and the opinion of friends has put me right off the Nokia N Series for a good while at least. Not Nokia as a whole though, i still think Nokia is probably one of the best phone manufacturers around.
two cameras one video & one for taking pictures & video. very good 3.2mp camera with the nokias famous carl zeiss lens. i bought this phone mainly for music it does have a memory card slot which is a must because the phones built in memory is not adiquate. it has two speakers one each end of the phone the top speaker is used when the phone rings then both work when listening to music. forget the walkmans it will eat it for breakfast. its the loudest phone i have owned & certainly the best looking. it has a pearl white front fascia with a silver keyboard outline with navigation buttons also silver. the back is a light brown colour which sets the white front off. when you slide the camera cover open the 3 buttons on the side light up in order. crystal clear bright screen. reasonable battery life 3/4 days based on normal call & text use. very robust design dropped frequently & the covers have hardly been affected. i bought this phone nearly 8 months ago & still looks better then phones being made today. A**
I've been using this for about 3 months now after my not so trusty SE K850i packed up yet again.
I got this phone from a friend of friend who had received an upgrade and it was just sat in a draw. I paid a very good price for it and at first was very impressed with it's features. I won't bore you with them all as they can be easily looked up but I'll give you a run through of my favourite ones and those I wasn't so keen on.
Bits I like!
The camera- Although I'm used to 5 mega pixel or higher camera's I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this 3 mega pixel camera. On the phones screen they look relatively clear and crisp. However after uploading several photographs onto my computer the quality drops as they are displayed bigger and they are not worth printing out. Not bad though for little mementoes to be stored on the phone.
It is also very easy to use, simply flick down the cover at the back and it takes you onto the camera. There is a large button that takes the photographs on the side of the phone.
Large screen - I have very good eye sight, don't get me wrong but I hate phones (and cameras for that matter) with tiny tiny screens. This one has a nice large one (as shown in the photograph)
The looks- In my opinion it is a very stylish phone, brushed silver on the front and lovely browny purple colour on the back. The layout of the buttons looks good and the back looks sleek but still functions well with the camera cover. It is also a right weight, not too heavy but not too light that you think you'll lose it and not feel it drop.
The clock- Bit of a daft one but I like the analogue clock on the main screen. It is quite small but it is easy to read and is a nice touch.
The tool bar - This phone always has a tool bar on the main screen, it runs across the top of the screen with short cuts to presumably the features Nokia think you will need the most. It goes phone book, new text message, calender, music player, web and gallery.
I agree with those apart from the calender which I never use. Annoyingly you can't change these which I feel is something that you should definitely be able to do.
Gallery- Only being used to Sony Ericsson phones I was pleasantly surprised with the Nokia Gallery. It shows all your photographs and only the one you are on is big enough. It's like a circle you can wizz round. A nice fun feature to this otherwise work style phone I though.
Thing I don't like...
Ease of use- This phone is very hard to use in my opinion. I'm quite good when it comes to mobiles but my dad who is good with his but takes him a while to master a new one would be lost with this I feel. There is about 3 different ways of getting to different features which may sound good but it makes it very complicated. Word of warning the instruction manual is pointless!
Even trying to find out how to change the ring tone is a major operation.
You cant customise it - Set as the two main buttons, (the ones above call and end call) Messaging and clock. Messaging fair enough but clock? Who really needs that to be the second quickest short cut? Again you can't change these.
Battery life- I'm not sure what the quoted figures are but the battery life is very erratic. Some times I find it does not need charging for 3 days +, others when I have barely used it it needs charging every day! I bought a brand new official Nokia battery for it too and it is still like this. Very odd...
Writing a text - There is no option of making text larger so when writing (and reading!) texts the writing is very small in my opinion and would be much easier if there was an option to zoom. You also can't add smilies!
The volume of calls_ I'm not sure if this is a fault or what but when I first got my phone I made a phone call and even at its loudest setting I could barely hear the other person. To solve this I had to put it on loudspeaker, but on the quietest option. If I'm in a busy, loud place I have to put it up even louder and to be honest I'm not sure how much other people can hear of the conversation!
Now the tables have turned and no one can hear me when I ring. I don't have much luck with phones!
Buttons - The buttons are that small by other phones standards but they are difficult to text with as they are so close together. I also think they don't press deep enough and I often can't be bothered texting because of this.
Over all I think this is a funny little phone, perhaps if I was some high flying office worker I'd think it was great as it does seem to be geared towards that sort of market but for my use (solely social reasons) it's not great and I'm desperately looking forward to getting a new one.