It’s 2017 and while today’s smartphones are more powerful than yesterday’s desktop computers, they generally get crappy battery life. That’s the price to pay for big screens, speedy processors, and a million other features that make our pocket computers so powerful.
But sometimes you want a phone that’s just… a phone. And the Nokia 3310 was one of the most popular of its day… which was nearly 2 decades ago.
Now that HMD is releasing new Android phones under the Nokia name though, the company has decided to bring back the classic Nokia 3310 with a new model of this basic feature phone with crazy-long battery life (by modern standards).
The new Nokia 3310’s killer features are probably the phone’s retro design, low price tag, ultra-compact size, and long battery life.
It can last for up to 22 hours of talk time or up to 25 days of standby time.
Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t do all the things modern smartphones do. It has a 2.4 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display and a 2MP camera, so you can use it to snap photos or play games: there’s a new version of the classic game “Snake” which runs on the phone (and which is also coming to Facebook).
The phone runs Nokia Series 30+ software and includes the Opera Mini web browser which you can use in a pinch, but this is clearly a phone for people who don’t really plan to do a lot of web surfing (or much of anything else) on their phones… or for folks looking for a secondary device to use when their smartphone battery dies.
The Nokia 3310 should be available in the second quarter of 2017 for €50, or about $53).
2G only… network support is dropping all the time. I honestly can’t see any advantage of this over a cheap Android phone (say, https://www.gearbest.com/cell-p… ) apart from battery life. How many people really spend a long time from a power source?
The cheap Android won’t be able to run the latest and greatest games, but it’ll do a darned sight more than Snakes and Opera Mini…
Wait a second. Are you sure this is 2G only? No 3G?
No 3G confirmed, just like many other Nokia’s feature phones. It’s clearly not intended to be a mobile internet machine. Just a backup device to do some little googling when your smartphone is unavailable.
2G is a technology from the early 90s.
AT&T has already shut down their 2G service and the others are working on shutting it down.
At least in the US. Nokia is not targeting the US for this phone.
Hmm. It might still be too complicated for my parents..
Actually, last time I used the revamped Symbian it was still clunky and un-intuitive.
An iOS device would be much less complicated, yet its still quite more capable.
We really need a simple phone that makes calling and sending SMS simple. I wouldn’t go back to this design unless texting was improved. They should have given this some consideration.
My question is, does it have the same toughness & build quality of the original..
This could be my primary phone if it can be used with a pay as you go cellular plan, check email, receive text messages, check Facebook, make wifi calls and play FM radio; to name a few.
I was looking forward to this. Hopefully we’ll get a quad band version
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