The newest version of the Nokia 3310 is available for pre-purchase in the United Kingdom, according to the Nokia official website.
The Nokia 3310’s listed price is 49 euros (a little over $55) and will be available at a later date. People who are interested in the phone can sign up to be notified of when the Nokia 3310 comes out. Some of the features of this phone include battery life for up to a month when not in use (and up to 22 hours of call time before the battery dies), several different colors including Warm Red, Yellow, Dark Blue, and Grey, and it also includes the classic phone game, Snake. Visually, the phone has a number pad that includes letters, as opposed to a keyboard or a smartphone screen, the perfect phone for those who don’t care to buy a smartphone.
The Snake game available for the Nokia 3310 is also a reinvention of the classic game, including adding color and better graphics to the game. The website does not specify whether or not the gameplay has changed.
Physical features include a two-megapixel camera with LED flash, the screen made specifically to be able to read in intense light, can hold up to two SIM cards, and a headphone jack. The Nokia 3310 also uses 2G data for calling and texting, a new user interface, an FM radio and MP3 player, web-surfing, and 16 megabytes of storage and can increase to up to 32 megabytes with a MicroSD card. More information on specs can be found on the official Nokia 3310 website.
The previous model of the Nokia 3310 was one of the most popular phones in the world, selling 126 million units during its time according to The Telegraph. Some popular features of the old model include “a built-in calculator, Nokia network monitor, stop watch and reminder function. It also had four games: Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi and the widely popular Snake II,” according to this Softpedia article. This revolutionary model proved to be a hit amongst Nokia customers.
The most surprising feature on the Nokia 3310 is the 2G data, since most phones out have at least 4G LTE capabilities. 2G data first came out during the 90s, and takes eight seconds to open a web page, around one second to send a text only email, and seven minutes to download one song, according to WhistleOut. Considering the fact that this phone has an MP3 player, people may be struggling to even get one song to download on their phones. In comparison, 4G LTE data can open a web page in less than a second, send a text only email in less than a second, and takes three seconds to download one song.
Reviews for the new Nokia 3310 seem mostly mixed. TechRadar gave the new version a three out of five stars, with the negatives including the camera, limited storage and 2G data connectivity.
“The fact is, the price of the new Nokia 3310 isn’t as low as it could. If you’re looking for a feature phone and have fond memories of the original 3310 then you may be drawn to the reboot – and you’ll likely be happy,” the reviewer and author James Peckham said. “But if you’re keeping a keen eye on your finances you can get the same spec (and in some cases better spec) for a lower price tag if you ignore the headline-grabbing “3310” name.” The full review can be found here on TechRadar.
For those who want to experience the nostalgia of having an older phone, here is your chance. Unfortunately, though, your nostalgia trip may take away from newer features available on most phones today.
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