Nokia 3310 (2017) review

The unthinkable has happened. In February it was confirmed the iconic nokia 3310 is making a comeback via a partnership between Nokia and its exclusive Finnish handset developer HMD. But this isn’t simply a rebuild of the classic 3310. 17 years have passed and a lot has changed. These are the important differences…

Design - Retro But Updated

Take one look at the new nokia 3310 & you’ll see how it remains largely faithful to the original handset. That said it has definitely hit the thể hình over the last 17 years:

nokia 3310 (2000) - 113 x 48 x 22mm, 133g
hãng nokia 3310 (2017) - 115.6 x 51 x 12.8mm, 79.6g

Yes the 2017 mã sản phẩm is a whopping 53g (1.87oz) lighter, despite being fractionally longer and wider. The big change is the thickness, which has been reduced by over 40%. There are also softer curves khổng lồ the corners and more rounded buttons which give it a gentler look than the bullish original.

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The 2017 nokia 3310 retains the original’s removable back for direct access to the battery và it’s still a plastic chassis. From new you’ll have red, yellow, blue và grey options though expect endless customisation via official and third tiệc ngọt covers.

Display - Bigger(ish) and Better(ish)

The new nokia 3310 isn’t just dramatically thinner & lighter than its predecessor, it features a much bigger và better display as well:

nokia 3310 (2000) - 1.5-inch, 84 x 48 pixels, 65 ppi, monochrome LCD nokia 3310 (2000) - 2.4-inch, 240 x 320 pixels, 167 ppi, colour LCD

The obvious caveat here is that this nâng cấp remains very low tech by today’s standard of jaw dropping monsters like the Galaxy S8 Plus, but that’s not the point. This is about producing a practical and useable phone và to this over the new hãng nokia also has a polarising layer so it should remain every bit as readable in bright sunlight as its monochrome predecessor.

Camera - A Step Up On Nothing

It’s easy khổng lồ forget the original nokia 3310 came from an era where most phones did not have cameras. Being 2017, the new hãng nokia 3310 has fixed that but it remains about as basic as you’re going to get.

Inside the new mã sản phẩm you’ll find a 2MP rear camera with LED flash, basic đoạn clip recording & no camera on the front (this phone isn’t targeting the self generation). Owners are unlikely to lớn use it and, with these specifications, that’s probably a good move.

Connectivity - Still Dumb

We may be in an era of smartphones, but the new hãng nokia 3310 hasn’t forgotten its roots & - like like its predecessor - it is limited khổng lồ 2G connectivity and there’s no WiFi, though you bởi vì get a few basic perks elsewhere:

hãng nokia 3310 (2000) - Dual band GSM 900/1800MHz, proprietary Nokia power nguồn connector hãng nokia 3310 (2017) - Dual band GMS 900/1800MHz, Micro USB connector, công nghệ bluetooth không dây 3.0, 3.5mm jack, microSD (cards up lớn 32GB), FM radio

Those put off by a lack of high speed mobile connectivity or even WiFi are missing the point of this phone. It’s designed to be a phone (you talk, you text) and nothing more.

Battery Life - The Big Pay-Off

When you give up so many nguồn hungry features, there’s one major goal behind them: battery life. And here the new hãng nokia 3310 runs rings around every modern điện thoại on the market:

hãng nokia 3310 (2000) - 900mAh removable battery, 2.5 - 4 hours talk time, 55 hours standby nokia 3310 (2017) - 1200mAh removable battery, 22 hours talk time, 31 days standby

Yes, the 2017 hãng nokia 3310 can last up lớn one month between charges, around 30x more than you’ll get out of your iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8. You’ll be able khổng lồ go on a two week holiday and not even need khổng lồ pack a charger, mindblowing by today’s high powered điện thoại thông minh standards.

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Also contributing khổng lồ this is the hãng nokia 3310’s software. It runs Nokia’s Series 30+ platform rather than Android, & this minimalist operating system is purely for the basics and lightning fast. & it does indeed include a reworked version of Snake made by Gameloft.

Price & Availability - Pocket Change, Coming Soon

At around $169 in 2000, the original nokia 3310 was not a cheap phone when you allow for inflation (circa $260 today) but whereas that phone made the best of the technologies available at the time the new model certainly does not. Và that is good news for the price with hãng nokia charging just €49 ($52) for the 2017 version.

As for availability, the new hãng nokia 3310 is expected to go on sale in late April/early May. Remarkably there are no plans khổng lồ release it in the US or Canada because both countries have switched off the 2G frequencies it uses, but should the phone prove a hit elsewhere in the world a variant could yet arrive.

Early Verdict

Nokia (via HMD) has stayed true to lớn the traditions of what made the original 3310 great. It hasn’t tried lớn reinvent it into a cutting edge apk smartphone, it has keep it compact, practical and extremely long lasting. Và that price tag makes it tempting even for điện thoại thông minh owners as a backup.

The only major misstep I see is the omission of globally usable phone frequencies. I realise that impacts battery life, but I’m sure a compromise of a week between charges would’ve been acceptable to most for a phone that could be used anywhere.


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