Considered as one of the greatest mobile phones of all time, Nokia 3310 is back on a whole new level. This review should have come a long time ago, but I waited till it was available fully in Nigeria. Nokia’s 3310 has received a make over and has been relaunched into the market equipped with a 2MP camera, 2G/Edge browsing support, SD card and a colored screen. Before we go further, here is a quick summary of the specs.
Nokia 3310 (2017) Key Specs & Features
- 2.4-inch TFT Display, 240 x 320 pixels (167ppi)
- Nokia Series 30+ Platform
- Snake game pre-loaded
- 16MB Memory, up to 32GB memory card
- 2MP Rear Camera with LED Flash
- GPRS/EDGE Internet
- Up to 21 hours Talktime
- 1200 mAh Li-ion Removable Battery
So what’s in the new box?
The new Nokia 3310 is built of tough plastic, as strong and as durable as it’s predecessor. A chip of the old block, the 2017 version has almost the same shape and weight as the old one, but features curves and comes in eye-appealing colors.
Far from initial speculation, the phone isn’t an android or a windows phone. It is just the normal feature phone, running on 16MB internal storage(Not 16GB). But then, it has a micro SD slot that can contain a 32GB memory card to store some good music and videos, it features a port for jack headphone (I give it 30+ points for this), Bluetooth 3.0 (50 points here), micro USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer(another 10 points). And as I said before, it features a 2.4inch color-rich display, remember the old one had a 1.5 inch screen.
Just like the old Nokia 3310, this one has one beast of a battery. At a time when we are used to smartphones that are than we are but with battery life of few hours, 3310 is welcome. It features a 1200mAh battery that can last you a whole week on talk time and about a month on stand-by. Be very sure that even if you’re still going to stick to your smartphone all day, this guy will always be on to tell you what time it is and will always be around to help with an emergency call.
Nokia took the game a step clear by adding internet support on 2G to the phone. The phone also comes with the latest version of opera mini for features phones, enabling fast internet surfing even on a slow network.
Limitations and complaints
The only two ways of communication on the Nokia 3310 are through voice calls and text messages. No whatsaap, no Facebook messenger app (you can send Facebook messages through the browser anyway). Honestly, text messages are outdated, though not too outdated in Nigeria, but Nokia should have just tried to add support for WhatsApp, considering that the price of the phone is much higher than what we would normally expect from a feature phone. Without WhatsApp support the phone stands as one of the most expensive feature phones from Nokia right now.
And the camera. Yeah… Nokia added a 2MP camera with a bright LED flash. But forget the hype, the camera will only give you a blur of dull colors when used. It is better than the VGA camera on most Nokia feature phones though.
The snake game on the new 3310 also received a makeover. Redesigned by Gameloft, snake on the new 3310 features multi-directional movement, and it looks almost like PacMan. Some people may like like it, but people like me will wonder why Nokia didn’t just leave the game as it is, just color the snake or simply replace snake with its better version – snake Xenzia.
Pricing and availability
This phone costs about N20,000 in Nigeria now. Very expensive. Isn’t it? I guess Nokia marketing department is riding on the hype given to the phone by lovers of its predecessor. Right now everyone wants a piece of the 3310, and maybe you should if you love Nokia’s featured phones. Keep in mind that very soon, Nokia will be rolling out its mid-range android phones to the whole world. But let’s hold Nokia 3310 first. Personally, I’ll give Nokia 3310 (2017) a 7/10 rating.
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