Nokia E73 Mode is my daily driver, even in a world of amazing devices
As part of my ZDNet writing I have been playing with a LOT of new phones running different operating systems. I bought and returned the Samsung Vibrant just this week, primarily because I already have an EVO 4G that satisfies my Android desires and I wanted to save up my upgrade subsidy credit for something coming later to T-Mobile. So with the EVO 4G my main, and only, device on Sprint, what am I using day-to-day with T-Mobile? The Nokia E73 Mode (check out my Guide) is actually my preferred smartphone. I tried using the Nokia N900 and find it does work well, but the E73 Mode is just so dang compact with great battery life, excellent messaging capabilities, and good application support that I keep going back to this device.
Even though the applications for S60 are not as plentiful as those on the iPhone and Android, I honestly find I stick to 10 or less on every platform on a regular basis. With the E73 Mode I primarily use Nokia Messaging, Gravity (for Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader), Nokia Podcasting, Olive Tree Bible, Google Maps, and the web browser. The only thing I truly find frustrating is the lack of threaded SMS on the E73 Mode. There are a ton of other occasional apps I use on Android, but they are not essential and mainly just used for fun and to burn some time. It is interesting to note that I spend more time talking with people and finding other things to do rather than sticking my face into the screen when I am using a device like the E73 Mode or the new Windows Phone 7 operating system that have fewer apps for individual tasks.
I personally find the keyboard on the E73 Mode to be fantastic and will be following up this post shortly with a Tips & Tricks article listing many of the keyboard shortcuts that I use all the time on the Mode. It may not be the newest Nokia smartphone, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the most useful to many of us. BTW, did you see T-Mobile dropped the price to just $49.99 with a 2-year contract? Wow, that is one great deal!