Nokia 3310 review
Classic is back
The Nokia 3310 was first released almost two decades ago (September 2000) and Nokia sold 126 million of them, at a time when Nokia ruled the world of mobile phones.
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The classic is being brought back and the 2017 Nokia 3310 will bring back nostalgic feelings, along with the excitement of reinvented features and games. The Nokia 3310 will go on sale across the EU at 49 Euro.
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For the UK, this means that we should see the Nokia 3310 priced at less than £49 and possibly as low as £39.99. This makes the Nokia 3310 an ideal buy as a second phone, for a bit of fun or as a standby phone for emergencies.
The Nokia 3310 will be released in four new colours. Two of these have a gloss finish; Warm Red and Yellow, while the other two have a matte finish; Grey and Dark Blue.
The polycarbonate shell is ‘colour-through’ meaning that scratches and wear & tear will show up less.
The Nokia 3310 is even more curvaceous than the original and brilliantly is far thinner at 12.8mm, compared to the original 22mm. Overall, the phone is a little wider than a typical smartphone but with a 2.4” display it is much shorter.
The colour 2.4” display has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and this has a polarised layer to make the display easier to read under sunlight.
Phone Set Up
There really isn’t any set up needed with the new Nokia 3310. It has a tiny 16MB memory that will do no more than store a few contacts and keep a few text messages. You can however boost the memory by inserting a up to 32GB microSD card. This may be useful if you do intend to use the camera.
New UI and Snake
The Nokia 3310 comes with its own custom User Interface (Nokia Series 30+) and this is tailored to the small screen size and adds a retro look that has elements of the original UI, from two decades ago.
The most exciting feature is the inclusion of the classic Snake game, which is now presented in colour, bringing new life to a game that is as legendary as Pac-Man. This version of Snake is actually Gameloft’s Snake Xenzia and this has updated modes and graphics.
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The Nokia 3310 does go beyond simple call and text functionality. There is an Opera Mini web browser that works over 2G, a FM radio, MP3 player and Bluetooth with SLAM, a feature that lets you share photos without pairing two Bluetooth devices together.
There is a word of caution to be had about the Nokia 3310. The phone only works on two (dual band) frequencies. This will limit its use on an international basis with some countries not supporting one of the two frequencies on offer.
This isn’t a handset killing issue but simply one that you should be aware of, before you take it as your only phone on holiday or business.
Camera & Video
Basic photography and video
The new Nokia 3310 does have something which the original did not. A 2MP camera with an LED flash makes an appearance and this will take ‘okay’ photos with a video recording option as well.
One months standby
The retro design brings with it retro battery performance and even though 1,200mAh is a really low capacity, the phone just keeps going on-and-on, with a standby time of up to a month (31 days).
The Nokia 3310 can keep you talking for up to 22.1 hours, play MP3 files for up to 51 hours or you can use the FM radio for up to 39 hours. Charging has moved along as well and the Nokia 3310 can be charged through the micro-USB port.
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Written by: Michael Brown