Review: Nokia E73 Mode
The E73 is not a multimedia phone, but that doesn't stop it from being a pretty good music player. You can add a shortcut for the music player to the dock on the home page. Opening it up brings you to the music player's main menu. This menu lists the artists, playlists, songs, albums, etc. Using the options menu (left soft key), you can access some options from here, which include some organizational tasks such as creating playlists or moving music around.
When music is playing, the options menu lets you access the shuffle or repeat functions, as well as the EQ. There are five pre-set EQs, but the E73 also allows you to add what appears to be an unlimited number of your own presets with an eight-band EQ (8!!!). This is more functionality than many dedicated music phones have. I was able to dial in the exact type of sound I wanted, and let the new Soulfly CD crush my ears for a while as I wrote this review.
The rest of the controls work as expected, and the D-pad is your main controller for playing, pausing, rewinding or advancing your music. Be careful, though. The optical trackpad inside the D-pad duplicates the action of the D-pad itself. This can cause some minor annoyances, such as skipping past the actual button you want to use and hitting something else. If you exit out of the music player, the E73 adds a shortcut to the phone's home screen so you can quickly pause a track if need be. You can also set tracks stored on the phone as your ringtones if so desired.
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Incoming calls pause music, which resumes after the call is complete.
The E73 also has an FM radio. This worked flawlessly. I was able to find my favorite local radio stations with ease, and sound quality was decent.
Thank goodness Nokia is using 3.5mm headset jacks on more of its phones now.
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