Live Stuff: playing with the Nokia N73

Nokia’s wafer-thin cam-phone, the N73, is the star of the new N-Series threesome: with a 3.2MP Carl Zeiss lens, it’s planning photo-shoots at dawn wit

Nokia’s wafer-thin cam-phone, the N73, is the star of the new N-Series threesome: with a 3.2MP Carl Zeiss lens, it’s planning photo-shoots at dawn with Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Cybershot K800i. [Read about today's other Nokia mobs here]

One of the cool features of Sony Eric's phone is direct photo blogging via Google's software, and Nokia has matched it by signing a deal with Flickr, one of our favourite online photo-sharing sites.

All three Nokia newbies have Flickr capability, but it's a particular joy on the N73 thanks to its huge QVGA 2.4in screen.

You need an existing Flickr account but once that's sorted configuring the phone is a case of entering your name and password, without any fiddling with third-party software (such as Shozu, which does the same job at the moment). Once logged in, you can post photos instantly at three different quality settings and – this being Flickr – tag them for other people to find.

Like many standalone digicams, you can also create a slideshow of pics while pumping out tunes stored in the Nokia’s music manager via the loud stereo speakers.

There are downsides to its 19mm thick frame, though. Unlike the N93, there's no room for an optical zoom, which a shame considering its camphone pretensions. It also lacks the Sony Eric K800i’s powerful Xenon flash and BestPic function, although there is a burst mode.

It will nevertheless fancy its chances in a wardrobe battle – it’s available in grey-purple, white-red and white-brown paint hues.

The N73 will be available in the UK from July for 400 euros.

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