Nokia 3310 review: Hands-on with the revived feature phone classic
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 8:40
- The phone charges via a microUSB port. "The return of the iconic phone from Nokia has not gone unnoticed by the Caviar designers, who immediately after the appearance of official information about the new edition of 3310 introduced its own version of this phone design with gold, giving it a luxury, style and character of the Russian", the company said.
The rumours are true: the bestselling phone of the early 00s, the Nokia 3310, is making a comeback, complete with the game Snake.
Battery life is the biggest selling point: Unlike battery-sucking smartphones, the Nokia 3310 features 22 hours of talk time and a full month on standby.
Hence the decision to remind us of Nokia's glorious past, where everyone seemed to have a phone with that familiar ringtone and nobody was asking to borrow a charger to get them through the day.
Snake is back on the new Nokia 3310, but it's had quite an overhaul from the version which graced the original 3310. Connectivity is a key area to leave unmodernized, and it means that in countries like the US, Canada and Australia, which are now in the process of shutting down the aging 2G networks, the 3310's usefulness has an expiration date.
Last year, Vodafone said it would continue its 2G network as long as there is "reasonable demand" for it.
HMD Global chief executive Arto Nummela said the new line-up of phones would build on Nokia's reputation in the industry. It will run on Nokia's Series 30+ software, offering fewer apps. The screen is 2.4 inches with a resolution of 320 x 240 - tiny by today's standards, but having grown to take up most of the top half of the device, it's a fair improvement over the original model's 84 x 48 monochrome display.
It will be available to pick up in glossy yellow and red colors, and matte grey and dark blue models.
- The phone has 16MB internal storage.
Its launch price is €49 ($51,75; £41.51). The handset is noticeably slimmer than the original Nokia 3310, which sold around 126 million units before it was discontinued in 2005. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. It was previously only available in China.
The Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 16MP rear-facing camera.
The camera is similarly basic with a modest 2 megapixels, and on the audio front, the new 3310 comes with FM radio and MP3 playback.
It will retail at €229 (NZ$336). Where phones have artificial intelligence in them, 4K screens that most people don't even have on their TV at home, cameras that are more powerful than we've seen.
The metal-clad Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 sport 5.2in FHD and 5in HD displays, respectively, and will be made available for €189 (around £160) and €139 (around £120), respectively. Its worldwide variant has a 5.5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM+64GB storage, 16 MP rear camera+8MP front camera and 3000 mAh battery.