The Nokia 3310 is one of the most popular mobile phones of all time. It had a near-indestructible build, long-lasting battery and a legendary Snake game. It took advantage of the time when people were still new to the mobile phone market and enjoyed great success during the early 2000s.
Although Nokia has been on a massive decline as of late, the company is intent at making a comeback by turning back the clock. They’re going back to basics and revive the 3310! And it looks like it will be a winner once it hits the store shelves. The new Nokia 3310 is a handsomely crafted homage to the iconic handset packed with some modern-day upgrades.
Display and Design
There’s no doubt that the new Nokia 3310 is paying homage to its ancestor. It has a distinctive border around the screen. The layout of the keyboard also gives you the retro throwback. However, Nokia has slimmed down and modernized the design which makes the new 3310 super pocketable.
At 79.6g, it is extremely light (the original was at 137g). The only disadvantage is that you might forget it once you slip it in your pocket because you won’t notice that it’s there!
The phone is made mostly out of smooth plastic and hasn’t been stress tested yet thus we still are not sure how much beating this phone can take. Yes, the design is solid, but the look and feel of the original is much nicer IMO. As of now, the old Nokia 3310 still is the king of durability.
The new Nokia 3310 will be available in 4 different colors – dark blue, grey, psychedelic yellow and ‘warm red’. Of course, the favorite would be dark blue since it closely resembles that of the original.
The display of the new Nokia 3310 is a significant upgrade over the old one. It has a 2.4-inch, 240 x 320 full color display which is bright and makes it easier to see texts even with sunlight shining directly at it. It’s not touch screen though so don’t go try to tap the menu items.
Interface and performance of the New Nokia 3310
Since it’s not touch screen, this phone definitely doesn’t run on Android. Nokia stuck with its basic phone operating system – the Nokia Series 30+.
It has the regular menu options like Call Logs, Contacts, Calculator and Messages joined by a calendar, a basic web browser, photos, radio, music player, voice recorder, a camera application and more. There is Bluetooth along with a music player and a 3.5mm headphone jack which allows you to listen to any tracks you put on a microSD card and slide inside the handset.
And yes, one of the main highlight of the old Nokia 3310 is back – SNAKE! The new 3310 features an updated version which uses just the ‘4’ and ‘6’ keys for left and right, resulting in gameplay which is more akin to slither.io rather than the original game.
There is a four-way direction pad located below the display which provides an easy way to navigate through various options. Opening the different apps take a split second to load, but since this is a basic phone, it is acceptable.
One low point of the new Nokia 3310 is that it is only 2.5G compatible. This means that the phone could only give you a very basic browsing experience since it does not support 3G or 4G data speeds. Another downside is that the new Nokia 3310 lacks Wi-Fi. You won’t be able to connect to a home or office network for a faster connection.
Certain markets will also be able to download simplified Twitter and Facebook apps so you don’t have to browse social media via the Opera Mini web browser.
Battery and Camera
The original Nokia 3310 boasted a very long battery life. The new 3310 packs a removable 1,200mAh power pack which is an instant upgrade over the 900mAh of the original, and thanks to the improvements in phone efficiency the new Nokia 3310 boasts 22 hours of talk time and up to one month of standby. Just for comparison, the old Nokia 3310 had a talktime of 2.5 hours and a standby time of 10 days. You can charge the new 3310 with a standard microUSB cable.
The new Nokia 3310 also has a 2MP camera on the rear of the phone along with a simple point and shoot app with a digital zoom. The Nokia won’t win any awards with its camera but it’s nice to have it nonetheless. For a low-res camera, the pictures turn out quite nice.
Price and Verdict
For those who loved the Nokia 3310, the new model is a must-buy, not only for nostalgia purposes but as a perfect backup phone that is very dependable for calls and texts and other basic functionalities.
Also, the new Nokia 3310 will be available at a low low price of $52! For a phone that lasts for a month on standby and has Snake as its main game, that’s a no-brainer of a purchase! The new Nokia 3310 is worth it.