Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nokia N73 - Introduction to the Device

Model – N73
Developer Code – Scarfe

Nokia N73 is one of the Nokia’s flagship devices released in 2006. Thought it has been over than 4 years since its announcement and release, N73 is still a popular device among many people around the world. N73’s features are more focused on multimedia and entertainment based functions such as 3D Stereo Speakers, 3.2 MP Camera with Carl Zeiss Optics, Stereo FM radio and support for Visual radio services.

Key Features

  • 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Large, bright 2.4-inch display
  • Stereo FM and support for Visual Radio
  • Advanced auto-focus and mechanical shutter
  • Integrated 3-D stereo speakers

Operating Frequency

  • Quadband EGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Dual mode WCDMA / GSM
  • WCDMA 2100 MHz


  • Weight: 116 g
  • Length: 110 mm
  • Width: 49 mm
  • Thickness (max): 19 mm


Up to 262,144 colors, 2.4 inch QVGA 240 x 320 pixels display with automatic brightness control

User Interface

  • S60 user interface 3rd Edition
  • Active standby screen
  • Multimedia key provides direct access to predefined application


  • 3.2 megapixel camera (2048 x 1536 pixels) with up to 20x digital zoom
  • Settings for night, brightness adjustment, image quality, self-timer, white balance settings, and color tones
  • On device photo editor and video editors (manual and automatic)

Camera Specifications
  • CMOS sensor, 3.2 megapixel (2048 x 1536 pixels) with autofocus and digital zoom up to 20x
  • Carl Zeiss Optics, Tessar™ lens
  • Focal length 5.6 mm
  • Focus range 10 cm ~ infinity
  • Macro mode with 10 cm focus distance
  • Mechanical shutter with 1/1000~0.2s shutter speed
  • Active slide cover for lens protection

  • 2-stage capture key for autofocus control
  • 2.4 inch camera viewfinder in landscape orientation and with active toolbar
  • Slide for camera protection and activation
  • Integrated flash (operating range up to 1m)
  • Modes: auto, off, on, red-eye reduction
  • Advanced camera modes: still, sequence, video
  • Scenes: automatic, user defined, close-up, portrait, landscape, sport and night
  • White balance: automatic, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent
  • Color tone: normal, sepia, B&W, vivid, negative
  • Light sensitivity: high, medium, low, automatic

  • Video: play, record, stream
  • Audio recording AAC stereo
  • Video stabilization
  • Video clip up to 1.5h (limited by available memory)
  • File format .mp4 (high), .3gp (normal, MMS)
  • Video capture: 352x288 (CIF) at up to 15 fps MPEG-4
  • Automatic white balance control
  • Scenes: auto, night, close-up, snow/beach, cine, old film
  • Digital zoom CIF up to 4x / QCIF up to 8x
  • Two-way video call capability
  • Second VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels) with up to 2x digital zoom
  • Real time video sharing to another compatible mobile device


  • Visual Radio (Not Available on all Operators)
  • Listen to music and interact with your favorite radio stations
  • Find out what song is playing, who sings it, and other artist information
  • Enter contests and answer surveys, vote for your favorite songs
  • Download the songs you buy direct to your phone

RealPlayer Media Player
  • Download and play multimedia files (video and music)
  • Stream media files from compatible media portals
  • Full-screen video playback on the phone to view downloaded, streamed, or recorded video clips in larger size
  • layed formats (decoding): MP3, AAC, Real Audio, WAV, Nokia Ring Tones, AMR, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, AU, MIDI, H.263, JPEG, JPEG2000, EXIF 2.2, GIF 87/89, PNG, BMP (W-BMP), MBM, MPEG-4 and eAAC+

  • Digital music player for MP3/AAC/eAAC/eAAC+/WMA formats with playlist and equalizer
  • OMA DRM 2.0 support for music files
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5 - 108 MHz / 76 - 90 MHz)
  • Integrated stereo speakers with 3D sound effect

(Stereo Features Require a Stereo Headser)

Memory Functions

Up to 40 MB internal dynamic memory for contacts, text messages, multimedia messages, ringing tones, images, video clips, calendar notes, to-do list and applications
Support for miniSD memory card (hot swappable)


  • Multimedia messaging: MMS for creating, receiving, editing, and sending videos and pictures with AMR voice clips
  • Email: Supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, and APOP protocols. Support for attachments (view jpeg, 3gp, MP3, .ppt, .doc, excel, and .pdf files)
  • Text messaging: Supports concatenated SMS, picture messaging, SMS distribution list

Java™ Applications

Java™ MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 (Connected Limited Device Configuration (J2ME))
C++ and Java SDKs


Pop-Port™ interface to USB 2.0
Infrared (IR)
Bluetooth 2.0


WAP* 2.0 xHTML/HTML multimode browser

Data Transfer

  • EGPRS, Class B, multislot class 11 (UL/DL = 118.4/236.8 kbps)
  • WCDMA 2100 with simultaneous voice and packet data (PS max speed UL/DL= 128/384 kbps, CS max speed 64 kpbs)
  • Dual transfer mode (DTM) support for simultaneous voice and packet data connection in GSM/EDGE networks
  • WCDMA packet data rates: UL 384kbps, DL 384kbps
  • Circuit data to 64kbits/s for video call
  • Speech codecs supported: FR, EFR, WCDMA, and GSM AMR

Call Management

  • Advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and e-mail details per contact
  • Support thumbnail pictures and groups
  • Speed dialing
  • Automatic redial
  • Automatic answer (works with compatible headset or car kit only)
  • Fixed Dialing Number, allows calls only to predefined numbers

Push to talk over Cellular (PoC)

Push to talk

Voice Features

  • Voice dialing
  • Voice commands

Personal Information Management (PIM)

Advanced Series 60 PIM features including calendar, contacts, to-do list, and PIM printing

Other Features

  • QuickOffice: Powerpoint, Word and Excel and XP file formats (.ppt .doc .xls)
  • Adobe PDF reader
  • PC synchronization with Nokia PC Suite - Local/Remote (Windows 2000, XP)
  • PC applications: Microsoft Outlook (2000, 2002, 2003), Outlook Express, Lotus Organizer (5.0, 6.0), Lotus Notes (5.0, 6.0)
  • Anti-Virus
  • Settings Wizard/Access Point Configurator

Standard Sales Package Contents

  • Nokia N73 Phone
  • Nokia Battery BP-6M
  • Nokia Travel Charger AC-4
  • Nokia Classic Stereo Headset HS-28
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-53
  • CD-ROM: Nokia PC Suite & Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition
  • User Documentation: User guide, Get Started guide, Get Connected guide & Additional Applications leaflet

N73 supports Memory Cards up to 2GB and Has an internal memory of 35 MB. However internal memory capacity changed based on Pre Installed applications. N73 has a Dual Arm 9 220 Mhz CPU, and runs on the Symbian OS 9.1 (S60v3) operating system.

N73 is powered with a Nokia BP-6M battery, Li-ion / Li-Po, 970 mAh / 1100 mAh.
Talk time, and standby time depends on the usage and the End user.

N73 shipped in 4 variations (Editions). Internal Hardware was same on all devices, but software contained competitive features and accessories against each other. Later on, it was discovered that, its possible to change the edition on each phone, by patching the Product Key and updating using the Nokia Software Updater.

  • Nokia N73 Standard Edition
  • Nokia N73 Multimeda/Music Edition (Known as ME)
  • Nokia N73 Internet Edition
  • Nokia N73 Special Ramadan Edition
  • Nokia N73 Godfather Edition

The Standard edition contained basic features required by an ordinary end user, with pre installed basic themes, Quick Office viewer and a Dictionary based on the region. Package contents included a simple headset with a Call/Disconnect Key and a Memory Card was not included. The special Key (Known as the Media Key) opens a customizable 4-Way Menu. The Default colors of Standard Edition Devices were Silver Gray, and Deep Plum.

The Music Edition, also known as the ME contained a Special Music Player with Equalizers and Visualizations’, 3D tones feature, and two new themes. Some Reviews made by various people have expressed that the Music Edition is faster and stable compared to the Standard edition. The Special Key (Known as the Media Key) opens the Music Player, and Visual Radio Application opens when its pressed for a few seconds. Package Contents included a Headset with a Media Control Remote, which had the Play/Pause, Next/Forward, Stop, and Volume Functions. A 2GB Memory Card was also included. The default colors for the Music Edition were Black, Frost White and Metallic Red.

The Internet Edition included Yahoo, Google and IM applications pre installed with basic features same as the Standard Edition. The Special key (Known as the Internet Key) Opens the browser. Package contents were same as the Standard Edition.
Special Ramadan Edition was shipped to the Middle East Countries, which contained religious applications such as prayer time announcers. It was released during the Ramadan Season.

The Godfather Edition Contained the epic “Godfather” full length movie in the phone with a superb Video and Audio Quality.

The current price range of the Nokia N73 is Rs. 30,000. (Sri Lankan Currency), When introduced the Price tag was Rs. 60,000.

Technical Specifications Source (Nokia)