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The Good Solid and satisfying swivel design. Makes a statement. No quirks or performance issues.

The Bad The distinctive looks aren't for everyone. Camera located in an awkward position. No USB cable included.

The Bottom Line Its fashion-focused looks aren't for everyone, but if you like to make a statement with your electronic accessories, the 7373 should appeal.

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7.3 Overall

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Nokia's triband 7373 follows on from the very similar-looking 7370, which was part of the first wave of L'Amour fashion phones. These two phones have more in common than their looks -- a side-by-side inspection of the specs list reveals only a few changes have been made in the year since the 7370 appeared.

Design
When the original L'Amour collection was announced, Nokia issued a typically overwrought press release describing the product range as "a beautiful mix of contrasts - infusing cultural and ethnic influences with luxurious touches of the unexpected". This aesthetic, complete with "nature-inspired graphics" and velvet-lined carry pouches, continues with the 7373.

The 88 by 43 by 23mm swivel phone is available in black chrome, bronze black, and a striking powder pink. The floral accents of the 7370 have been ditched in favour of a tribal-style pattern incorporating concentric circles and dots. Perhaps this change was in response to the 7370 being branded a "granny phone" by a few unimpressed punters. Regardless, the tribal look makes the phone a more gender-neutral device than its predecessor.

Swivelling open the 7373 uncovers a flat keypad incorporating a jewelled selection key at the top (to see how springy and satisfying the swivel motion is, watch the video on the right). The Send and End keys are labelled with very stylised symbols indicating their function and lack the conventional red and green colouring, so it may take a few days to get the hang of using them.

The reverse side of the phone houses a 2-megapixel camera (upgraded from the 7370's 1.3-megapixel version) and features a leather-coated battery cover that makes good on Nokia's "mix of contrasts" pledge. A fabric tag common to all L'Amour phones completes the fashion look.

As you might expect from a sartorially slanted product, Nokia has bundled a few coordinated accessories into the 7373's box, including a silver handstrap with teeny NOKIA-stamped dog tag and a velvet-lined pouch -- a sort of sleeping bag for your phone.

Features
The 7373 has a pretty standard featureset for a mid-range triband phone. You've got your SMTP, POP3, IMAP and APOP e-mail support; a 2-megapixel camera with 8x zoom capable of capturing video; and a basic WAP browser for those willing to wait for their Web pages to display in a squished, distorted format.

An FM radio and music/video player allow you to get musical or watch amusing clips to stave off boredom. The visual radio feature is handy, providing the titles of songs as they play, along with the name of the artist.

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