Nokia E73 Mode

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Nokia E73 Mode is a T-Mobile-specific take on the Nokia E72 announced last year. It comes over the gills of the popular features for both work and play.

It has a tablet shape, with a QVGA screen, keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, and much more.

The E73 mode is released later this week for just $ 70 with contract.

Nokia E73 Mode from T-MobileDESIGN & Build

One of the thinnest mobile device today (0.4 or 10 mm), the E73 packs a QVGA (320×240 pixels) screen and a keyboard useful in a well designed package.

It’s been a while since getting my hands on a smartphone using the form factor, and the E73 mode immediately reminded me what I liked about what Nokia has done here.

The hard plastic and metal casing feels very solid and high quality.

And the keyboard – which is already highly ranked and E71 E71x models – will get tweaked a bit more for the E73 mode, adding features and improving the overall feel.

When you think of QWERTY smartphones, Nokia can not rank high on your list. However, the sales globally proven to be better than most other makers (second only to the side), and the company has certainly had a loyal following.

The matter is that I did not expect such optical directional pad. The D-pad works something like a trackpad, needing only a motion to move it, but it also has the ability to accept button presses for more direct interaction. At first, it is unsettling, today, I do not see using the device without it.

PERFORMANCE

Nokia E73 Mode runs on Symbian OS Series 60 user interface. While not as well known in the U.S., it is very popular in Europe.

One feature that I immediately set the “mode” applications – a feature that helps the device’s name. – Which allows you to set up two different homescreens. This lets you have a homescreen for the job, showing the email, calendar entries, and such while on the clock, as well as a second homescreen for personal use displays SMS messages, your favorite games and other items. The only thing missing is that you can set it to automatically switch to a prescribed time.

Nokia E73 from T-Mode E73 MobileThe Mode is also provided with wireless features. Naturally, it supports 3G network of T-Mobile, and it also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

This smartphone keeps up with Nokia’s tradition of being packed to gills of software:

    * Nokia Web browser with Flash support
    
* Messaging Nokia for email (HTML email)
    
* For Mail Exchange for Microsoft Exchange account
    
* Flash Maps
    
* Visual Voicemail
    
* Quickoffice (view and edit documents)
    
* Psiloc Wireless Presenter
    
* Business card / barcode scanner
    
* Nokia Active Notes
    
* Flash files online file storage
    
And some other application.

Not to mention, there’s also the Ovi Store (with carrier billing) on the device to download other apps, games, themes, and other items that make the E73 mode fit your lifestyle.

The E73 sports a 1500 mAh battery. I only had a few days for testing now, but I say that the battery life is quite good, though a consistent 3G signal.

Conclusion

I’m looking forward to more time on the Nokia E73 Mode to not only get an idea of how it improved E71/E71x/E72 model, but also to see if I can give the battery a real test . Nokia’s E-series models are known for being hard to crack in this department, and given that the competition is priced higher (the E73 Mode is only $ 70 in a 2-year contract), there is a good chance T- mobile will be the champ in his hands.

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