The return of the Nokia 3310

New Nokia 3310

One of the best-selling phones of all time, the Nokia 3310 is back! But, it has been revamped for the modern age with a staggering month of battery life and a budget price of under £50. Launched at the Mobile World Congress 2017, the new phone is slimmer and lighter than the original and most importantly of all, comes pre-loaded with Snake!

The original Nokia 3310 launched in 2000 and became one of the most iconic phones of the decade, selling 126 million units worldwide. The new phone, from Finnish company HMD Global who bought the Nokia rights, remains super durable and budget friendly.

What are the features?

If you were hoping for a full smartphone makeover for the favourite phone of your teens, then you’re going to be a little disappointed. The new Nokia 3310 is still very much a feature phone, though it can now access the internet at least with its Opera Mini browser.

The upgrades for the new model include a headphone jack at the top and a micro-USB port on the base for charging. It also features a 2MP camera and a micro-SD slot under the rear cover. What’s more, the device has a built-in stopwatch, calculator, reminder function, a few select games, and voice dial.

While these features may seem very basic in a world where we’re used to ordering pizza at the tap of an app, this all adds up to a phone that can go for 22 hours of talk-time and up to 31 days on standby.

Old Nokia 3310

What’s missing?

With all the upgrades they’ve stuffed into the new phone, you might be wondering if this super cheap device has it all. Unfortunately, there’s quite a lot missing.

While the phone does connect to the internet, you may have to wait for things to load given there’s no 3G or 4G. Given that you’re stuck using 2G, it’s a bit disappointing that there’s no Wi-Fi either. There’s also no GPS, so even if you could get the Google Maps app (which you can’t) it wouldn’t be that much use anyway.

Designed to look like the original it’s no surprise that it doesn’t feature a touchscreen, but what is surprising is how small the internal storage is – 16MB to be exact. Despite being a fair bit more than the original, it’s still shockingly small which makes that micro-SD slot suddenly much more important.

Who’s buying?

You might be wondering who’s going to buy a new feature phone in the age of the smartphone, but you have to remember that these phones are still used today. Modern smartphones are a wonder – they’re a computer you can carry around with you but they break easily, cost hundreds of pounds and often need charging every day.

People who travel a lot and don’t want to have to worry about charging or missing important calls might have a feature phone, or those who simply want less frills on their phone. They’re also incredibly useful as a spare phone for festivals or camping trips where you need something durable and there’s no way to recharge.

While it’s unlikely the new Nokia 3310 will compete with the iPhone, it could well be one of the most popular phones of the year. With four vibrant colours to choose from, an affordable price tag and the ability to last a whole month without charging, the Nokia 3310 is one to watch.