الجمعة، 25 مارس 2011

Nokia N73

The Nokia N73 has a screen with 262,144 colors, 240 x 320 pixels in dimensions of 110 x 49 x 19 mm and weighs 116 grams.
The Nokia N73 has a camera, 3.2 megapixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus, flash, Carl Zeis optics. It also has bluetooth, infrared.
It has an internal memory of 42 MB and has a mini SD card reader. The Nokia N73 is compatible with UMTS / Quadband (850-900-1800 -1900 MHz).
It is available in stores since July 2006 at a price of 203 € (cons € 549).
Introduction Nokia N73

Introduced in September 2006 with the rest of the range Music Edition (ME The N70 and N91 ME), the N73 is a version of the N73 dressed all in black, with a soft and accessories more focused on music.

Positive points:
- Clean screen
- Box Contents
- Remote control with output audio format 3.5 mm
- Sound Quality, with (provided they are replaced) or without headphones
- Very good build quality
- ISync plug-in provided
- Joystick and keyboard are too small
- Sailing purple when taking photos at the first versions of soft
- No RDS in radio
- No optical zoom, no Xenon flash
- No wifi
Content cabinet Nokia N73

Like other Nokia N-Series, the N73 has been presented in a cardboard box (black, in line with the color of N73 ME), with a photo phone to the front.

Unpacking, we find this:

- Nokia N73 Music Edition
- Battery BP-6M (1100 mAh)
- Nokia Travel Charger AC-4E
- Adapter for old Nokia chargers AC-44
- Nokia Stereo Headset HS-23-(with remote jack 3.5 mm)
- Data Cable Nokia CA-53
- 2GB Mini SD Card and Adapter
- Wrist Strap
- Manuals and CDs

Apart from a possible cover, nothing is missing.

The remote control seems to be of good quality and has the great advantage of offering a conventional 3.5mm jack, like on the headset to the Walkman series from Sony Ericsson. Good point also about the memory card of 2GB by default.
Design of the Nokia N73

Besides the color and the music button, everything is identical to the classical version of the N73.

The manufacturing quality is correct, the cache of the camera does no play All's well in place, there have been worse.

The large screen takes much of the front.

It is light (the intensity of the brightness can be reduced to save battery), the colors are well rendered, and despite the decline in the level of resolution (going from 352 * 416 pixels on the N80 at 320 * 240 pixels on the N73) combined with an increase in size, the pixels are invisible (unless you look very closely).

Another good point: even in bright sunlight, the screen remains readable, while on the M600i or P990i, the display is unreadable.

Just above, we find the speakerphone for calls, the light sensor, the second objective (CIF) for video calls.

The joystick is still small, just like the keys on the keyboard.

On the left side, we find in order, from bottom to top, trigger the camera, the shortcut to the gallery key and the volume control. The infrared port is on the other side.

The Power button (easy access) is on the top, as usual, Nokia, surrounded by the upper loudspeaker.

The power connector supports the Pop-Port connector, MiniSD port, the second speaker and microphone of the telephone.

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Finally, the rear sensor houses the 3.2 megapixel Carl Zeiss, with its LED flash and the battery cover (which also serves as a lens cap).
Using menus and the Nokia N73

Having toured the owner, placing the SIM card and battery, hold down the power button gives life to this little gem.

Soft level

Former model requires Symbian S60, starting the phone is very slow. Fortunately Nokia has corrected this on its latest models through the integration of more powerful processors.

Once on standby, the interface looks strong enough to other models on Symbian S60.
We therefore find the reception level-network in the upper left, the battery level at the top right, the network name, time and date in the upper part.
Just below are 6 application shortcuts you can set or disable.
Still a level below we find the next appointment.

By cons it is, to my knowledge, not yet possible to add plug-in to display the weather or another, as suggested by Windows Mobile.

Two other shortcuts are also present through the validation keys left and right.

A short press the menu button will display it. You can view the menu as a list or icons. You can also arrange the order of menus and content files as you wish.
A long press will display the current program manager.

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Originally, the menus are organized like this:

1) Contacts:

This is your telephone directory. The sorting is done, by choice, by name or surname. Creating and managing groups of contacts is possible.
Obviously you can associate a ringtone and a dedicated photo to a contact.
Nothing new here then.

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2) Mail:

Here again nothing new. This menu contains your SMS, MMS and your various mailboxes you have configured.
The memory used will depend on your preferences (internal memory or memory card).

Smileys still not integrated into the software, too bad.

Given the small size of the keys, I had some trouble for writing texts. Pressing two keys current, which quickly becomes annoying.

3) Agenda:

Nothing new here either.
The display is possible for a month or week.
The appointment of the current day will be reported on the home screen, as proposed by smartphones and PDAs running Windows Mobile over the past few years.

NOKIA N73 - Menu 67

4) Audio Player:
The music player available in the range of the musical mark is further than the classic range. This player is very successful, even if the proposed 2.0 Walkman music phones on the Sony Ericsson is more comprehensive and thorough in my opinion.

If your tags are filled music, navigation can be done by genre, artist, album or composer.

A Music Shop is apparently available, but I was not able to connect to it because of maintenance.

Navigation through the music library is very easy and the menus are similar strong that found in the Apple iPod or Sony Ericsson Walkmans.

The album art is managed, provided they are also integrated into the MP3 tags of course. iTunes 7 store now covers the outside of your songs if you add them through the store, they will not show on your N73.
For this you should add them manually or via iTunes or via another program.

Given the very limited quality headphones home, 3.5 mm audio output natively on the remote is a real plus for me.

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The sound quality with good headphones is very good. Certainly if we keep the original headphones, a Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson will be clearly better because of its higher quality headphones, but even with a helmet, the difference is not huge.
I unfortunately could not test both solutions simultaneously.

Without headphones, the sound is equally stunning thanks to the presence of the two stereo speakers.
The sound is very good, and these mini speakers crachotent do it too fast. The N73ME is certainly one of the best phones I've tested in terms of sound quality

Small remarks:
- The display of the current song will also be on the home screen of the phone.
- You can search by entering text via the keyboard.
- Animations are available while listening to songs, but they certainly decrease the battery pretty quickly because the backlight stays on continuously.
- The songs herein may be assigned as ringtones.

5) Gallery

I think it's a part of the S60 system that has evolved most recently.
You can consult all the media files in your N95, be it video, photos, pictures classics, songs (this will open the music player just described above).
The files are classified by type, but you can also consult together. The photo display is via a sort of carousel of thumbnail images. Given the size of the display of these photos is not really miniature flash unfortunately.

NOKIA N73 - Menu 71

6) Games:

Only the Snake comes home.

NOKIA N73 - Menu 72

7) Search:

This is a research program websites.
Search engines are offered Yahoo! and Windows Live.
When the results are displayed to you, you can, optionally, browse the website suggested, or add this site to your bookmarks.

8) URL:

WAP and Web sites are available on the browser.
The latter is based on the foundation of Apple's Safari browser.

When browsing a web page, you will see a page view, complete with a red square delimiting the sight of your screen relative to the current page. When returning to a previous page, thumbnails of the pages visited during the current session will be proposed to avoid a return on an unwanted page.

We are still far from what Apple has introduced with its iPhone, but this browser is already good enough for mobile use in my opinion. I do not stand by the fact that a laptop is always more fun to browse a mobile phone, regardless of the size of its screen or its embedded browser.

9) Download!:

This little program list by referencing software as compatible with your Nokia N73, whose software already included on your phone.
You can also download the example program for downloading podcasts developed by Nokia.
For some programs, you will be redirected to EA Games or Amazon. Station to the data plan though!

10) Tools:

Originally, this menu contains:

- Bluetooth: Managing Connectivity and Bluetooth pairings.

- Infrared: Will activate the infrared port of the N73 for a few minutes

- USB: you can set the mode selected USB. PC Suite for synchronization, data transfer to the memory card appears as a USB drive on your PC / Mac, printing photos, for use with a printer in my opinion, and media player, which will surely be used during synchronization of N73 with Windows Media Player

- Methods: Since all Nokia, modes are predefined. You can modify or create new ones. Your tone will be set in the mode you are using. The N73 of course accepts MP3 or AAC as a ringtone.
A mode "offline" (= airplane mode) is also available.

- Settings: This is where you set the most of your N73 features such as Internet accounts, the language of your phone, power the backlight of the screen ...

- Themes: The themes you can completely change the appearance of your menus N73 ME. The preview a theme without applying is of course always possible.

- File Manager: This little program lets you browse the internal and external memory (Mini SD) on your N73. For superior performance, third party software (and free) will have further opportunities, and will also show hidden folders.

- Application Manager: all programs installed by default, or that you add to your N73 are listed. Here is where you should go to uninstall a particular software.

- Memory cards: All your card details are listed by this little program. This also takes care of format or rename your Mini SD card if you wish. You can also make a backup of the internal memory to memory card.

- Data Transfer: I did not test this feature, but it would sync contacts and calendar between two compatible phones, without having to go through a computer.

- Setup Wizard: This software starts at the first power (via the "Welcome", detailed below) for your N73, and will undertake to set your Internet 3G/GPRS and MMS.
Its use is very convenient, and avoids that one must tear his hair falling all parameters in the different accounts, or that one should run on the Internet to send to these parameters.
You will even be possible to configure your mail accounts via this software.

- 3D Ringing: This small software will allow you to apply 3D effects to your ringtone via two stereo speakers.

- Voice mail: You will indicate your mailbox number

- Speed ​​dial: settings for quick dialing. Long press the corresponding button when you are on the screen saver will call the appropriate contact. If your contact has a photo, it will display the location of the figure in the software.

- Voice commands: If the voice commands are malfunctioning, you can dictate the order associated with an action, but personally controls operate without regulation. Coupled with a Bluetooth headset (or even wired), a long press on the latter will activate voice recognition, and it will be possible to change the mode for example, without leaving your N73 in your pocket.

- App. Terminal: this will tell you your current software version, and if it is current. The software version is also available if you dial * # 0000 # on the screen saver.

- Modem: you define the mode modem for Internet access via your N73 to a computer for example. Connection via Bluetooth or USB is also possible.

- Sync: The information on the last sync Lifeblog and PC Suite / iSync are referenced. So you can see the date of last synchronization or the number of contacts / appointments added example.

- PTT: This is the program of Push To Talk (Walkie Talkie some sort of passing through the GPRS network I have never used)

- Actv: used to manage the keys of photos, songs or videos with DRM apparently.

11) Applications:

Originally, this menu contains:

- Journal: It's your call log, which references your dialed / received / missed as well as SMS and network connections (GPRS or 3G).

- Clock: Everything about the date and time is here, as setting the alarm, for example. We can manage several different alarms, alarm or not. It is also possible to add cities in the world to see the local time.

- Radio: Like many Nokia, the N73 includes a stereo FM radio. This is the version "Visual Radio", which may, if desired, get data through the network such as GPRS/3G available stations. I personally have never used the "visual".
By cons it is a shame that Nokia still does not function on a mobile multimedia RDS this range, while Sony Ericsson has implemented this feature with his K750i, it has been almost 2 years.

The sound quality and reception is average.
It is always necessary to connect a headset to use the radio (it will serve as an antenna), but listening through two speakers obviously poses no problems.
As for the music player, the current station will be indicated on the Welcome screen.

- LifeBlog: Allows you to publish your photos, SMS, MMS to a blog via your N73.

- App. Photo: see part of the test further

- RealPlayer video player that comes with the Symbian S60 since their inception.

- Flash: Flash Player on your N73

- Chat: allows you to chat instantly via an Internet connection.

- Help: contains all the tricks using your N73, a sort of mini-board user manual

- About: imprint on the N73 and its OS

12) Office:

Originally, this menu contains:

- QuickOffice: Like most of its high-end models running Symbian S60, Nokia has built an office suite in N73 ME.
By cons, it is only possible to view documents without upgrading (and pay extra) software, too bad.
The software will automatically detect the documents in the memory of your N73.

- Notes: Software memo that has existed since the beginnings of the S60 OS. The notes are saved in text format (. Txt), which is a big plus for the exchange of notes between devices (all devices from all brands, or nearly all, are compatible. Txt).
The timing of notes is apparently possible via PC Suite.

- Voice: This is the voice recorder of n73. In the settings you can choose the recording quality and file locations enregistrés.Les high quality voice memos are saved in wave (. Wav), another good point for interoperability.

- Adobe PDF: S60 version of the famous PDF reader.

- Calculator: Calculator (not scientific) classic

- Converter: Already for many years, this handy converter can convert various units (lengths, temperatures, surfaces, ...)
Camera of the Nokia N73

So what is really this camera 3.2 megapixel Carl Zeiss?

Although some believe that only count the number of pixels, do not forget that the quality of the optics is equally important (and more?).

Considering the average performance of the Nokia N93 in camera mode (especially compared to a Sony Ericsson K800i), despite its inclusion Carl Zeiss, I do not expect anything especially grand.

However, provided they are outdoors with good light conditions and have the latest firmware, the N73 takes pictures of pretty good quality, almost to the height of a K800i. With the first soft versions (tested here), unfortunately the pictures have a purple veil.
Indoors by cons is less glorious.

The settings for the photo part, however, are numerous: Focus (Auto, macro, ...), flash (auto, enabled or not, ...), self timer, exposure compensation, white balance, color tones (black and white, sepia, vivid, negative), ISO settings, contrast, sharpness.

Lovers will be delighted manual settings.

Without owning a Sony Ericsson K800i, I could not compare the performance picture.

Small remarks:

- As the setup icon photos are in black and white on the N95, the N73 ones are in color.

- If your keyboard is locked, if you open the lens cover, take a picture and close the cover, the keypad locks itself again, very practical.

- The sounds of the camera are disabled silently.

- The zoom is digital only, quality will decrease depending on its use. So no abuse, on pain of not having a mush of pixels. This is true for most phones except Nokia N93 (i) and some Sharp example.

Here are some sample photos taken with the N73, without corrections:

A video mode is of course also available, but do not offer exceptional quality.

The Sony Ericsson K800 is nonetheless clearly beaten by a knockout on this point.

The N73's Bluetooth 2.0 allows transfers of about 100Kb / s with my MacBook Pro, which is much more than the P990i (about 60Ko/sec) but worse than the Nokia 7373 (about 120Ko/sec).

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