Nokia 3310’s stellar battery life, tough build and low price makes it a great spare emergency phone, however , with no 3G, no Wi-Fi, no apps and no touchscreen, there’s no way the Nokia 3310 can keep up to our hyperconnected modern lives.
This isn’t the phone you always carry to capture your every moment and splash it over social media. But it is the phone you take away on those rough weekends where your pricey smartphone might get destroyed. Where you might not get to a plug to recharge for days at a time. It’s the phone you give to your kid or your grandparent, or keep around as emergency backup. (It might also be the perfect phone to take to festivals so you can keep in touch with friends, without it popping out of your pocket when you’re dancing your heart out.)
At about $65 (N25,000) — the 3310 isn’t the classic phone we loved brought into the modern day, it’s more like a reimagining of an old friend. More importantly, it’s different enough from a smartphone to be a bit of fun, and I like it a lot for that reason.
Don’t buy this phone expecting to make it your one and only. Do buy it as a spare for your holidays or as a handset to give to your kids — perhaps one day they’ll look back on it just as fondly as I do with the original.
Here are the six reasons why I think the new Nokia 3310 is a great addition to your mobile posse, and two ways it’s also let me down.
1. Awesome battery life
It turns out battery life isn’t a problem when you ditch the massive touchscreen and all but the most basic of functionality. Without modern features bogging it down, the 3310’s battery life is superb. Nokia says it can last for up to a month on a single charge, so enjoy a long weekend of taking photos, listening to music and playing Snake without needing charging.
The 3310 will easily get you through a busy weekend without running out of juice, meaning you’ll never be out of contact with your mates as you wait in line for drinks. You could take it trekking through the streets, give it to a friend who’s visiting from overseas, or toss it into the car for a long road trip and know it’ll be ready to go any time you need it.
At only $65 (N25,000), the 3310 is vastly cheaper than the fancy phone you probably already have in your pocket.
3. You won’t need a case
With a body made from stiff plastic and no massive glass touchscreen to protect, the Nokia 3310 can take a few knocks without waving the white flag. I repeatedly dropped it on grass, wood and concrete from pocket height and despite a few scuffs, it still works absolutely fine.
4. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing
The original 3310 has rightly become a classic icon of mobile phone history, and while this modern iteration is slimmer and more rounded, it’s a worthy successor to the 3310 we knew and loved in the early 2000s.
I adored my original 3310. Just looking at this new one will bring back memories of texting your crush and cutting out all the vowels to keep the message under 160 characters so you didn’t have to pay for two texts.
5. Great for kids
It’s cheap enough to give you a line of contact with your kids without you worrying that they’ll lose it. It’s strong enough that you won’t have to pay to replace a cracked screen.
The classic game might come in colour now (it was black and white on the original 3310), but it’s still Snake. Snake is great.
>>The 3310 could be better
1. Interchangeable covers
The joy of Nokia’s original 3310 — not to mention the rest of the Nokia handsets from that era — was the ability to swap in any number of bright fascias, festooned with patterns or, in my case, pictures of animals I liked. When everyone had a 3310, being able to customise them so much made every one of our phones unique.
Instead, you can buy the phone in blue, yellow, red or grey but you can’t change its colour later on. Choose wisely.
2. Lack of apps will become a drag
Yes, it’s great having a phone with a battery you don’t need to worry about, but its total lack of smart features means it’s unlikely ever to become your main handset.
Reviewed by Andrew Hoyle ,CNET