Nokia 3310 Come Back

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Nokia has been making waves at Mobile World Congress with the launch of a revamped version of its 3310 handset .

Released in 2000, the original Nokia 3310 sold 126 million units worldwide, making it one of the world’s best-selling mobile phones.

The rebooted handset stays to true to the design language of the original phone, with curved edges and a silver “collar” around the screen.

The body of the device is made of plastic, and it comes in an array of bright colours – including red and yellow, both with a gloss finish, and blue and grey, both with a matte finish.

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However, it is slimmer and lighter than the original handset, with a significantly bigger 2.4-inch full colour display and larger buttons.

Design

Although it is definitely a very different phone, picking up the new Nokia 3310 immediately made me feel nostalgic for a time when phones were simple and functional, and didn’t dominate our lives in the way smartphones do today.

The device has an alphanumeric keyboard and no touchscreen. You navigate using the buttons on the device’s collar – which include directional buttons, a “select” button and “pick up” and “hang up” buttons.

The device fits nicely in the hand, measuring 115.6 x 51 x 12.8mm and weighing in at 79.6g.

The plastic construction feels solid, but only time will tell if it will withstand the kind of beatings the first generation Nokia 3310 survived time and again.

Software

The handset runs the Nokia Series 30+ software, which is designed to look similar to the software that ran on the original device – with a simple grid layout. Anyone who had a Nokia phone in the early noughties will have no problem getting to grips with the controls.

Of course, the alphanumeric keyboard means it takes a lot longer to write text, so if you’ve only ever used a smartphone keyboard, it will take a bit of getting used to.

Camera

Unlike the original 3310, the rebooted version has a 2-Megapixel rear camera, so you can snap shots on your phone.

The photos are very low quality compared to those you can take with today’s smartphone cameras, with dull colours and low resolution. However, you can zoom in and out, and there’s an LED flash if you need it.

Due to the relatively small amount of internal storage on the phone (16 MB), you may find you need to buy a microSD card if you plan to take lots of photos.

Snake

The Nokia 3310 wouldn’t be the Nokia 3310 without its most popular game – Snake.

HMD has included an updated version of the classic game, with a colourful snake graphic rather than a black line, and apples to eat rather than black dots.

However, the controls are pretty much the same – requiring you to use the 2, 4, 6 and 8 buttons to control the movement of the snake, eat apples and avoid crashing into walls.

In truth, I think I would have preferred the line and dot version – the charm of the Nokia 3310 is its simplicity – but it’s similar enough to feel like you’re playing the same game.

Specs

The main appeal of “dumb” phones over smartphones is their battery life, and HMD has not disappointed on that front.

The 3310 has a removable 1200 mAh battery, boasting 22 hours of talk-time and a month long stand-by, and charges using a standard microUSB cable.

The phone is 2.5G compatible, meaning you can connect to the internet, but the connection speed is very slow, resulting in a very basic browsing experience.

It also lacks Wi-Fi, so you won’t be able to connect to a home network for a faster connection, but you can pair with other devices using Bluetooth.

Price and availability

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The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49 (£41) – significantly less than its original price of £129.

Carphone Warehouse has already opened pre-registrations for the Nokia 3310 on its website, and HMD said it will start shipping handsets in the second quarter of 2017.

No other mobile operators have announced that they will be stocking the device, suggesting that HMD has struck an exclusivity deal with Carphone Warehouse .

However, it is likely that the device will also be available SIM-free from retailers such as Amazon.

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