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Nokia 3310 review
Posted on 7-Nov-2017 14:24 by M Freitas | Filed under: Reviews

Nokia 3310 review

More than 126 million Nokia 3310 (original version) were sold since its launch in 2000. It's truly one of the best-seller models ever, and not event in the top ten). Nokia models account for six of the top ten mobile phones ever sold - and the only smartphone to be in the top ten is the iPhone 6.

 

Nokia is again playing the smartphone market with its Android series, but in a throwback moment the company has launched an updated version of the 3310, the new 3310 3G which is available now in New Zealand.

 

Small like its original namesake but thinner and rounder the Nokia 3310 brings back memories - like the famous Nokia tune it plays when you turn it on and the message "Press * to unlock".

 

The new version has some enhancements over the original but it's still a basic mobile phone. It is easy to use and very basic - it excels at voice calls and SMS. But thanks to its new 3G features it also comes with a pre-installed Opera mobile browser. And yes, browsing modern websites on a small screen with a basic browser is as (not) fun as you can imagine.

 

But that's not what it is for. It's a great phone for those don't want a smartphone - or to have on your emergency kit or glovebox as a spare phone. That's because thanks to its 27 day battery life you can trust it will last a lot longer than your average smartphone.

 

Its camera is pretty basic at 2 megapixel but this might be just what you need for a simple snap. Photos don't use a lot of space, which might explain the smallish 32MB memory available for storage - but you can add your favourite music by using a microSD card.

 

Any photos taken can be transferred via USB cable or Bluetooth. You can send and receive files over Bluetooth but the phone does not seem to offer neither the DUN (Dialup Network) or PAN (Personal Area Network) profiles so it can't be used for connection to the Internet via Bluetooth - a shame!

 

The Nokia 3310 2.4" screen is very basic, low resolution but does the job.

 

You also find other useful tools: calculator, calendar, phonebook, converter (currency, measures, etc) and a torch (using the camera's flash).

 

As expected, gaming is not high end but there's some fun to be had. The good old Snake is back with a new take on graphics and colours - with new levels. Plus some game demos that allow you to play for a couple of minutes before asking you to buy the full version. More games are available through the Opera Mobile Store - not as robust as the Apple or Android stores but covering the basics. For those who want, apps can be developed with the MAUI Runtime Environment (MRE) - forget J2ME!

 

Overall a great little phone for those who want something simpler in life.

 



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