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Nokia has added the new N73 and N93 to its Nseries range of mobile phones. Both phones are designed with an emphasis on connectivity, content sharing and cameras!


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The N93 features a 3.2 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, 3x optical zoom (a first for Nokia) as well as MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 frames per second with video stabilization. Apart from the usual WLAN, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth support we’ve come to expect, this phone also has TV out support – meaning you can watch footage captured on the phone on your TV. Video picture quality is surprisingly good too – based on a demo I saw of footage captured on the N93 and watched on a projection screen.

Nokia’s Mike Addison said the idea behind the N93 is to make a “fundamental shift in the way people use video.” So rather than only taking out your bulky camcorder five times a year, the idea is that having a camera on your phone will give you the flexibility to capture video on the spur of the moment. Of course a downside to this is that the camera does make this phone relatively bulky – however, you can get around this by using a Bluetooth headset to take calls from the phone.

Addison also said in order to make all this multimedia content actually useful, (as opposed to lying forgotten in your phone somewhere), Nokia Lifeblog 2.0 allows you to easily collect, store and share your photos and video. Agreements with Yahoo and Flickr also allow for one click image uploading. Web browsing is via Nokia’s own Web Browser with Mini Map, which tries to mirror the experience of surfing online from a normal PC.

Other features include email with attachment support, MPEG-4 AVC and 3GPP video streaming, digital music player, FM radio and Pictbridge. The phone supports a memory card of up to 2G. It comes with a 512 MB memory card.

The N73 is a nice little phone which also features a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics but without the optical zoom or the video camera,


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which actually makes it much more compact. Photo sharing options are similar to the N93. The phone has the standard Nseries Web capabilities including MMS, email, Bluetooth, video call/ sharing and the Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map. Music capabilities include a digital music player, FM radio as well as integrated stereo speakers (one on the top of the phone and one on the bottom). It comes with a 128 MB memory card as well as Nokia HS-23 stereo headset.


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Other mobile phones launched today include the 6151 and 6080 both targeted at the entry level end of the market. Nokia’s Greg Panikian said the 6080 is “targeted at the style conscious consumer who is looking for design and price rather than a full feature set.” Nevertheless it still features an FM radio, VGA camera with video recorder, MMS, and Nokia Xpress audio messaging. Nokia said pricing is around the $250 mark, but will probably go down another $100 once it becomes a prepaid handset.

According to Panikian, the 6151 is all about driving the uptake of 3G in Australia, by providing a 3G enabled handset at a lower price point. Apart from 3G, the phone is also Bluetooth and IrDa enabled, features a 1.3 megapixel camera, MicroSD card reader, music player, FM radio and MMS. This phone is priced around the $450 mark, but again, prices could drop when in a prepaid package.


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A full range of accessories is also available to complement the new phones, including Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth car handsfree kit as well as a music stand. The music stand is basically a mini speaker system with a  built in amplifier that you can plug your mobile phone into. Nokia’s Mark Dalton said we can expect a wireless version in the near future.

See: www.nokia.com

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