The Nokia 3310 has long been considered one of the world's greatest phones, and much to the delight of old-school mobile users, the device made a comeback at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week.
Expected to carry a €50 (£42, $52) price tag when it hits stores later this year, the new and improved handset now sports a color screen rather than the monochrome display of old. Despite that, however, it still has the looks to please those that prefer the simple life and is reminiscent of a time without disappearing selfie videos, emojis and augmented reality filters.
I got to play around with the nostalgic Nokia phone at the show. Here are my first impressions.
In this instance, you kind of want the 3310's design to feel cheap and cheerful, mainly to ensure it distances itself as far away as possible from the modern flagship handsets of today. And that it does. It's cumbersome, tawdry and every button press reminds you just how cheap the phone really is.
The 3310 also comes in some seriously bright neon colours, which make the whole user experience even more tacky, but fun, too. All-in-all, it feels great in the hand. Light, smart and simple.
Nokia new 3310 phone builds on the original 1.5-inch monochrome display with a 2.4-inch 240 x 320-pixel screen, which is quite an upgrade.
As you'd expect, it's not on par with modern standards but that's the beauty of it. This phone is all about getting as far away from the polished 1080-pixel screens that we've come to take for granted. And it still does the job. It's bright, clean, and as pixelated as any early-2000 phone was, and it's this that makes you want one.
Navigating to and from the main menu and back again is made simple with the 3310's physical keys. A directional pad is joined by Back and Call buttons.
In terms of the Internet, the 3310 has 2.5G, so you can surf the web with the Opera Mini browser. You can get on Facebook and Twitter if you have to, but don't expect a fluid iPhone-esque experience. And it also has good old SMS messaging and a phonebook you can store all your friends' numbers in so you can call them.
Playing around with the 3310 was a delight. It was nowhere near as snappy as your current handsets, and this in itself takes you right back to simpler times.
The main concern when trying out the 3310 for the first time was: "Does it come bundled with one of the most addictive games of all time: Snake?" Thankfully, I can confirm that it does. But don't get too excited.
The retro phone game has been given a makeover, and not in a good way. You now control a more animated amphibian that collects red apples from various points across the screen, and in my opinion, it's way too busy now. You can even travel diagonally. The true beauty of Snake was that it was simple, and Nokia shouldn't have strayed too far from the game we all know and love. Nevertheless, the fact that it's there at all is enough to make us fall in love with the 3310 all over again.
Battery and connectivity
The 3310's poor resolution ensures battery life doesn't disappoint. This thing can be charged and left lying around on standby for a month before it needs juicing up again, and you can talk for an entire day without needing to reach for the microUSB cable. It's also got a 3.5mm headphone jack for MP3 playback, something even the latest iPhone doesn't have. There's also MicroSD card slot under the battery inside the phone's casing.
You can't compare the 3310's 2 megapixel camera to those featured in smartphones of today. Think back to the first smartphone camera you ever used - that's how the 3310 feels. The device's washed out, low quality snaps look beautifully sentimental in their own right. Despite a very limited offering, the Nokia 3310's ability to take you back in time is quite possibly the phone's best feature.
The Nokia 3310 is bound to create waves in the phone market upon release, not only because of the hype of nostalgia, something that seems to be the 'in' thing with hipsters at the moment, but also because it offers something truly unique that is lacking in the smartphone industry: simplicity and the stripping back to bare essentials.
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