For millions of people around the world, the Nokia 3310 was the first mobile phone that they ever owned. Sadly, Nokia faded away as quickly as it rose to become a giant of the mobile phone industry. After 17 years since it was initially launched, the Nokia 3310 is back and has gone through a major transformation. Should you really be excited about the rebirth of this mobile phone? Let’s talk about it some more.
There is no doubt in the Nokia 3310 being an icon for the ages. Despite the rule of smartphones in today’s markets around the world, mentions of the Nokia 3310 continue to live on. Nokia has and will remain relevant for discussion in the years to come. This could not be truer seeing how HMD Global, the firm which has rights to use the Nokia brand name, is really trying to breathe new life into it.
No one can say for sure whether HMD is seriously going to consider cashing in on the new 3310 or if it is just a marketing tactic to gain some traction.
The new and improved Nokia 3310 was made public during the 2017 Mobile Word Congress (MWC) in Spain earlier this week. Speculation and mystery still surrounds the device, but there is no questioning the excitement which has been sparked amongst the masses. Even though Sony and LG revealed some major new entries in to the smartphone world, Nokia garnered most of the attention with the new generation 3310.
Who would have ever thought about this happening in 2017?
What Makes this Nokia 3310 Different from the Last?
The look and feel of the device are probably the only aspects which may remain somewhat similar to those found nearly two decades ago. There are a number of changes which have been made to bring the 3310 up-to-date, but does it really matter? Take a look for yourself and decide.
- 2.4-inch polarized and curved screen for a better view in sunlight
- Nokia claims that the phone will have standby power for up-to a month and talk-time of an entire day and more is pretty much guaranteed
- A 3.5mm headphone jack with MP3 playback support
- microUSB charging port and MicroSD card slot under the battery (16 MB internal memory, 32 GB card support)
- A 2 MP back-camera which will remind you of the first cameras that came out in Nokia smartphones
- OS is Nokia Series 30+ (Not Android)
- Comes with a revolutionised version of everyone’s favourite game, Snake!
After years of using powerful mobile phones with large touchscreens and amazing displays, I’m not sure how long it would take to get used to such a feature phone again. The only problem I am imagining happening to most people who consider buying one is the lack of typing speed and comfort. There isn’t any QWERTY keyboard here, just the plain old Nokia 3310 one, so remember that typing a sentence may take some time.
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Cost and Availability of the New Nokia 3310
For now, American consumers will have to wait for the device to be officially launched in the United States. This is primarily due to the difference in MHz which the new Nokia 3310 runs on and the spectrum required for operation in the United States.
With a starting price of $52 (expected), phones are expected to go on sale around the world in selected markets by the third quarter of 2017. Due to its price, most people may consider giving it a try, but I’m predicting that this trend will die out sooner than later.
HMD should not forget the reason why Nokia faded out in the first place. It was the lack of being able to keep up with newer trends, growing user demands and the ability to produce a smartphone which really competed with Apple or Samsung devices.
Android and iOS are still the future and Nokia should have caught on to this much sooner. If HMD backed Nokia continues to play the nostalgia cards, they will probably be giving up the naming rights quicker than expected.
Sources for Photos & Video: Nokia