Nokia 3310 Review

The legendary Nokia 3310 is back and it brings with it boundless amounts of nostalgia, 126 million phones were sold following its release in 2000 and it’s no mystery why. The 2017 Nokia 3310 is one of the most iconic and affordable phones you can buy, what’s more, the battery life is fantastic with up to 22 hours talk time or 51 hours music playback.  

Last updated: 30th Sep 2020 at 9:59am

Cost & Battery | Colour | Display | Snake | Camera | User Interface | Music and Browsing 

 

Who is the Nokia 3310 for?

The Nokia 3310 is going to attract a wide audience. There will be those who buy the phone just to play Snake, while others will be looking for a cheap standby phone or an inexpensive phone to take with them on a night out.

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New, but the same

The Nokia 3310 has a smooth rounded form that is a bit more curvaceous, compared to the original Nokia 3310. Even though certain design elements have changed, the Nokia 3310 is still instantly recognisable. 

You will be glad to know that the Nokia 3310 2017 is almost half the size of the original, at 12.8mm, making it a really pocket or clutch bag friendly.

 

Cost & Battery Life

The strapline says it all here. The Nokia 3310 is one of the cheapest Android smartphones on the market and can be bought for around £60

The Nokia 3310 has incredible battery life. Though the battery is quite small at 1,200mAh  in comparison with many modern-day phones, this Nokia is extremely energy efficient and offers customers:

  • 22 hours talk time
  • 39 hours of FM radio playback
  • 51 hours of MP3 music playback
  • 25 day standby time

 

Colour 

The through colour polycarbonate body and the removable back cover is a delight to find. We can all be clumsy at times but with a sturdy colour body, scratches and nicks are less visible, ensuring that the new look lasts for longer. Four classic colours are available and these are red, yellow, dark grey and light blue.

 

Display

The 2.4” QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) curved display introduces colour into the mix, with great results. The coloured wallpaper is visually stunning and gives the Nokia 3310 a premium look. The display has a polarised layer and this gives improved readability, for when the phone is used under bright sunlight.

 

Snake

The classic Snake game is back and this has been reinvented for the colour screen and improved resolution. Created by Gameloft, Snake Xenzia is played using the physical buttons and this is an experience that simply cannot be duplicated on a touchscreen phone. The new edition of Snake incorporates stunning new graphics and additional modes of play.

 

Camera

This phone has a 2MP camera with an LED flash for capturing pictures both day and night. It is possible to also record videos, using the 16MB internal memory for storage. Additionally, there is a microSD card slot under the back cover which has a capacity of up to 32GB. Sharing has been made easier through Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, which lets you share photos without the need to pair two devices together.

 

User Interface

The Nokia Series 30+ operating system brings with it a custom-made user interface. This retains the retro look of the original Nokia 3310 but uses colour. The operating system delivers several pre-loaded apps, such as the weather app which lets you know whether to head out with sunglasses or an umbrella. While the calendar keeps you organised by showing you your upcoming birthdays and appointments.

 

Music & Browsing

The Nokia 3310 has an MP3 player for enjoying your favourite tunes. There is also an FM radio and this can be used by plugging in headphones, to the 3.5mm audio jack, located at the bottom of the phone.

The Nokia 3310 is a bargain and although it has many great specifications one of the main drawbacks is that it can only connect to a 2G network. If internet speed is important to you than you would probably prefer the Samsung A20. Not sure which Samsung or Apple phone to go for? Try our Samsung and Apple articles:

 

However, if the internet speed isn't a concern to you, this iconic throwback phone could be yours for a mere £60.

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