The Good The Nokia E73 Mode features a sleek, sexy design and an excellent QWERTY keyboard. It offers great messaging capabilities and the full range of wireless options. Ovi Maps provides free turn-by-turn navigation.
The Bad User interface is a bit clunky. Smartphone can be sluggish, and onboard memory was an issue. The E73 has a lower-resolution display than others.
The Bottom Line The Nokia E73 Mode is an outstanding value, offering T-Mobile customers a sleek and feature-packed messaging smartphone for a very affordable price.
Nokia E73 Mode (T-Mobile)
Nokia and T-Mobile are proving to be quite a pair when it comes to delivering smartphones at an affordable price. First, there was the Nokia Nuron and now there's the Nokia E73 Mode. The E73 Mode is a QWERTY messaging smartphone that will be available starting June 16 for just $69.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate. Nokia is calling the smartphone a "work and life solution" and for the price, you're getting a great range of features, not to mention an extremely sexy design and outstanding keyboard. It's not without issues, but overall, we think it's an outstanding messaging device for an incredible price, providing a nice alternative to the more expensive RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700 and cheaper but also cheaper-feeling RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 and T-Mobile Dash 3G.
The Nokia E73 Mode's design is quite similar to the E72, not that we have any complaints, since we loved the E72's form factor. The E73 is incredibly sleek at 4.5 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick, making it easy to slip into a pants pocket and comfortable to hold as a phone and messaging device. It's relatively light at 4.5 ounces but it has a very solid construction and feels like a device worth more than $70.
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