The Iconic Nokia 3310 Gets a Reboot

Who knew that the Nokia 3310 was going to rise from the ashes and make an appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress.

The iconic Nokia 3310 phone was the most durable, had the best battery life and sold more than 126 million units worldwide.

In case you missed my blog post about the old Nokia 3310, please check it out before moving forward: The Ancient Nokia 3310 Throwback

Let’s jump right into a few key features of the New Nokia 3310.

Design

Photo Credit: Nokia

The 2017 design of the new Nokia 3310 is not too different from the classic model. The form factor is similar to the classic model adding a refreshed 2017 look and feel to it. Readability in the sunlight is made easier with the new 2.4″ polarized and curved screen.

Battery

With the old Nokia 3310, you were able to leave your home without a charger and the battery would last the whole day. Nokia has brought this feature back to life with the newer version. In fact, Nokia is claiming that you could talk on your phone all day or leave it on standby for up to a month. This sounds crazy and I can’t wait to test out the battery life of this phone for myself.

Do you remember back then, each Nokia phone had its own charger? When your battery was running low, you prayed that your friend had a Nokia charger. The new 3310 is now equipped with a Micro-USB port for the ease of charging.

Games

Photo Credit: Nokia

Do you remember the game Snakes that was preinstalled on the older 3310? I remembered competing with my friends to see who had the highest score. Comparing scores was sometimes used as an icebreaker at social functions.

Does the new 3310 have Snakes? Of course! It wouldn’t be the same without the game of Snakes. This time you will enjoy the legendary game in colour. Would it make a difference? Would it be more exciting and fun? We’ll have to see when the phone launches.

It’s 2017, are there any variants to the new Nokia 3310?

Back in 2000, I use to buy a designed front faceplate and back cover. Having a different look to your phone was a cool thing back then. I always had the see-through blue case or had it custom made at an Asian shop(Crystal Mall) so that the faceplate would light up.

If you had this, you were the popular one, lol.

 

Unfortunately, Nokia does not have user exchangeable faceplates and back covers for their new 3310. They are offering 4 distinct colours: Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish.

In the past, the colour of the cases fades and rub off. The plastic was sprayed with its colour and the usual wear and tear made your phone look a little ugly. The new 3310 does not have this issue. It’s actually a solid colour all the way through. This will make your phone look smooth just like how it was on the first day.

Additional Features

(source: Nokia)

OUTSIDE
  • Beautiful push buttons and iconic, shaped design
  • 2 MP camera with LED flash for simple snaps
  • Headphone jack for your tunes
  • 2.4” curved window with polarized layer for better readability in sunlight
  • Available in both single SIM and dual SIM variants
INSIDE
  • 2G connectivity for calling and texting
  • All-new UI with nods to the original
  • Awesome battery life, with up to 22 hours talk time
  • FM radio and MP3 player for music
  • 16 MB storage3 plus a MicroSD card slot with support up to 32 GB
Full Specs

 

Final Thoughts

The announcement of the new Nokia 3310 got me really excited. Selling at €49(roughly $69 CAD), I’m sure that this phone will sell a lot of units running on nostalgia alone.

I will be ordering myself a couple of these phones for a few reasons:

  1. My sons(ages 9 and 10) can carry one so that I could contact them. I don’t think that they would mind if Snakes is the only fun game on their Nokia 3310. They have a PS4, 3DS and a PC to game it out anyway.
  2. Nostalgia
  3. As a backup for when my smartphone’s screen shatters
  4. Snakes!!!
  5. Just because, lol.

This is the perfect phone for people who text a little and talk more than surfing the web. This will be the best kid friendly, basic usage and affordable loaner phone with Snakes.

Email me 604chuck@gmail.com if you end up getting one. I’d like to hear about your experience.