A love letter to the Nokia 3310 – the phone that defined the Noughties

17 years on and the Nokia 3310 is back, and before you ask, yes it has Snake. See how the new feature phone matches up to the noughties classic.

02 Mar 2017

In the early noughties, highlights were the height of sophistication, Britney and Justin were pop royalty and everyone you knew had a Nokia 3310. The chunky phone was an icon even before Apple launched its first iPod and Facebook took over the internet. And the Nokia brick still holds a special place in our hearts.

Nokia 3310

Why is the original so beloved?

The Nokia 3310 is noughties nostalgia at its finest. T’was a simpler time… when SMS messages and calling your parents to pick you up were all you needed from a phone.

Its best features included:

  • Indestructibility – you could throw it at a wall or run over it with a car and barely see a scratch
  • Ridiculously long battery life – it didn’t matter if you misplaced your charger, the 3310 could last for weeks on a single charge
  • Snake – possibly the simplest and best phone game ever
  • Classic Nokia ringtones – 35 ‘tracks’ to choose from, including the trademarked Nokia Tune
  • Monochrome display – green lit and easily readable even in bright sunlight

Nokia retired the 3310 in 2005, at which point it was the world's bestselling phone.


So how does the new model match up?

Rumours that there was going to be a new version of the old classic leaked earlier this year. The ‘feature phone’ was finally launched at Mobile World Congress in February.Nokia 3310

Finnish mobile start-up, HMD Global, licensed the Nokia brand last year and is behind the resurrection. They’ve streamlined the classic design so the new 3310 is about half as thick as the original – thank goodness. It works on a S30+ operating system which only really allows for basic web browsing, but let’s face it, this retro comeback is all about going back to basics.

Other features include:

  • 4-inch colour screen
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 5G connection
  • 22 hours' worth of talk-time
  • microSD card
  • LED torch

Retailing for about £40, it’s available in glossy bright red and yellow as well as the matte blue and grey for anyone who wants to make a statement.

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