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   Nokia N73
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   17 October 2006
   Wayne Brooker

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I'll make no secret of the fact that I genuinely believe Nokia have lost their way of late. Despite their undoubted expertise and success in every sphere of the mobile communications market they seem to have lost sight of all the design ethics that once made their handsets and their user interface the gold standard against which all others were judged.

In a strange way I admire the fact that they're prepared to dare to be different and try new things but only provided it doesn't completely destroy core functionality, and some recent models have come close to doing just that. Then there are handsets like the 6280 which maintains a solid core functionality but builds it into a handset that just doesn't feel sturdy enough to go the distance. Too many fingers in too many pies? Trying too hard? Maybe not trying hard enough? What ever the reason it seems like an age since Nokia released a classic handset that has garnered universal praise in all aspects of its operation, could the N73 be set to change all that?

The N73 was announced alongside the N72 and N93 back in April this year (2006). The headline feature was its 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics which put it squarely up against Sony Ericsson's new K800i. It lacks the K800i's real Xenon flash but adds the flexibility of running the latest 3rd edition of Symbian's much loved series 60 software.

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High end imaging, music and 3G capabilities combined with a large screen, stereo speakers and quad band operation are enough to tempt the prospective buyer but does the phone hold up to scrutiny? Let's take a look.