Nokia 3310 – a closer look

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Nokia first released the Nokia 3310 on September 1, 2000 selling 126 million units and becoming one of the most successful devices ever launched by the brand.In 2017, the Nokia 3310 made a comeback with a 6cm colour screen, 16mb internal memory and SD card slot for external memory. Other than that, there’s very little difference from the original.

Who is this phone good for?

You might wonder who would use this phone and the answer is quite simply limited to persons who don’t need social media and as a consequence don’t want to post high resolution video or photos to social sharing platforms like Instagram or YouTube. Since it’s a 2G phone you can also forget about installing any chat apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat or Facebook Messenger. The Nokia 3310 is literally designed to be used for SMS and telephone calls.

There is a browser but if you’ve used 3G and 4G you’re unlikely to enjoy browsing on the 3310. The keyboard is also based on the original alphanumeric keypads and typing a message out can be quite tedious if you’re used to a smart phone keyboard. No 3G or 4G also means that there is no GPS function, you’ll be able to play Snake for hours though if you get lost.

The best feature of the Nokia 3310 is no doubt the battery life with a standby time of almost a full month. Continuous playback of MP3’s is rated at 40 hours. While we didn’t test the Nokia’s robustness the design and materials imply the screen should be more drop resistant than your iPhone or Galaxy.

So, in summary, if you’re traveling and need a robust featureless phone with a ton of battery life, or just a back-up phone to make calls when Telkom lets you down, then perhaps the Nokia 3310 is a viable option for you at only R 900.

Pros

Huge stand by time

Cheap

Vibrant colour

No chat apps

FM radio

Cons

Unfriendly keyboard

No GPS

Slow browser

No chat apps

16mb internal storage

2MP camera

 

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