Nokia 3310 Review

The legendary Nokia 3310 is back, but not quite as we remember it. This revolutionised, revisited version brings with it all the nostalgia of the original, a similar but modernised interface, improved battery life, and an affordable price tag. 

Last updated: 30th Nov 2020 at 10:49am

The original Nokia 3310

The original Nokia 3310 was released in September 2000, but discontinued in 2005. It became one of the best selling mobile phones, and Nokia reinvented it multiple times with launches of the Nokia 3315, 3320, 3330, 3350, 3360, 3390, and 3395. 

But the Nokia 3310 (2017) was announced as a modernised, updated version of the much-loved original. Let’s check out some of its features, and how Nokia have improved on a classic. 

Cost

Nokia’s target audience is the reason for its super affordable cost. At £40 - £50, the Nokia 3310 is marketed for people who are on the lookout for a simple standby phone, a quick replacement, or for someone older who doesn’t use their phone so much.

If you choose to purchase this inexpensive phone, you’ll want to pair it with an equally affordable bundle

If you’re on the lookout for a cheap handset, check out our list of the best phones for under £200

Design

The newer Nokia 3310 is similarly shaped to the original, with the same rounded form and tapered edges. 

Size

  • 117.00 x 52.40 x 13.35mm

It is almost half the size of the original Nokia 3310, making it a handy pocket-friendly smartphone you can transport with you everywhere. 

Display

  • 2.4” QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), curved display

The coloured wallpaper is visually stunning, and when combined with the polarised layer for improved readability, it is easy to see in bright or dim light. 

Colour

  • 2 glossy colours: Red and Yellow
    2 matte colours: Dark blue and Grey 

The glossy colours allow you to personalise your Nokia 3310 with a more modern feel, whereas the matte dark blue and grey are a nod to the original recognisable colours of most early 2000s Nokia phones. 

Camera

The Nokia 3310 (2017) has just the one camera on the rear of the phone, an outdated appearance compared to the triple and quad cameras of some modern smartphones.

The 2MP camera also has an LED flash for capturing photos in low light. You can also record videos, but be careful of how much storage this eats up! 

Battery

This phone has a battery capacity of 1,200mAh, which compared to many other smartphones, is not particularly high, but this capacity is suitable for casual users who only spend around 1-2 hours a day on their phone. According to Nokia, it can offer you:

Storage

The Nokia 3310 comes with different amounts of built-in storage depending on which version you purchase:

  • 2G version - 16MB
  • 3G version - 128MB
  • 4G version - 512MB

The phone featured a microSD card, allowing you to add up to 32GB (2G and 3G versions) or 64GB (4G version) of removable storage. 

It can be difficult to know exactly how much you’ll need. If in doubt, read our guide on phone storage

Additional features

The Nokia 3310 also comes with a host of additional features to keep you entertained:

  • Snake - the classic game of Snake from the original Nokia phones is back and better than ever. You still play it using the physical buttons, rather than a touchscreen, but this new edition has improved graphics and modes of play. If you were a fan of the Snake game from the 2000s, get ready for a nostalgia hit with this reinvented version
  • Bluetooth 2.1 or 3.0 depending on version - you can share photos via bluetooth without having to pair two devices
  • FM radio
  • Opera Mini web browser
  • Java-powered Smart Feature operating system - delivers several preloaded apps, like the weather app which lets you know whether to head out with sunglasses or an umbrella
  • MP3 player
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Verdict

For a respectable £40, the Nokia 3310 (2017) is a bargain for people who don’t want or need to use their phone too often. With a little camera, month’s standby without needing to be charged, and a nostalgic journey back to the era of Snake, this Nokia might be the one for you. 

If you’re looking for a casual phone like the 3310, you should consider joining the world of Pay As You Go, where you’ll only pay for what you use. You can order a free PAYG SIM with us today. 

If you fancy something a bit more modern, why not check out if an iPhone or Samsung is better suited to you?

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