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Summary

Key Features

  • Text messaging
  • 1.5-inch colour screen
  • Snake
  • 2.5G network
  • Bluetooth
  • 1 day of talk time
  • 1 month standby time
  • Manufacturer: Nokia
  • Review Price: £49.99

What is the Nokia 3310?

It's a revamped version of the original iconic phone from the 90s with a colour screen and a slimmer, more colourful design. It runs on the Symbian OS like the original, so doesn't have an app store of many of the features of modern smartphone. It's just a phone.

Nokia 3310 Release Date: When can I buy one?

There's no firm release yet, but we've got word from Vodafone, on April 13, that the phone will be "coming soon" to the network. That's still not a solid release date, but we're expecting to hear more in the coming days, so stay tuned. Be warned, though, as huge demand already suggests they could be hard to get hold of.

Nokia 3310 Price: How much will it cost?

Nokia says it will cost €49.99 (~£43), so we expect a UK price of £50.

Nokia 3310 Hands-on: What's it like to use?

Of all the phones rumoured to be unveiled at MWC 2017, none caused more of a stir than the brand-new Nokia 3310. As soon as it had been leaked that HMD – the owner of the Nokia name and brand – was planning to revive the iconic slab of unbreakable plastic, it’s been everywhere.

And the rumours were true – the Nokia 3310 is well back. The original 3310 was my first phone at the age of eight, and picking up the new model for the first time gave me a feeling of nostalgia that’s hard to replicate.

The new 3310 is such an odd device in today’s market of quad-HD displays, Snapdragon 835 CPUs and 6GB of RAM; but it’s refreshing.

This is a simple phone; one that isn’t going to replace your iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7, but that might be kept for an emergency. Or a festival, or maybe even given to a child.

This handset isn't a high-end device, tacking on the 3310 moniker for prosperity; this isn't even a smartphone. It’s just a feature phone – when was the last time you read about one of those on TrustedReviews?

Judging by the demand, which suggests that the phones will be in short supply when they launch due to the huge frenzy for them, plenty of people agree.

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There’s no Wi-Fi, no 4G, no app store, no Android, and certainly no Facebook. Instead, it has text messaging and a phonebook in which you can store all your mates’ numbers. The 2.4-inch display isn’t monochrome like the original 3310, but its 240 x 320 resolution is about as far away from 1080p as you can get.

Like most Nokia feature phones, the OS of choice is Series 30+ and it’s nothing more than a homescreen with a basic menu attached. There’s a messaging "app", dialler, contacts book, picture gallery and...wait for it... Snake.

The most iconic of all the mobile games is back, although it has seen a fresh coat of paint since the last time I played it. Instead of being confined to right-angle movements, your "snake" can move freely in all directions.

I probably should have been working, but within the space of five minutes I was addicted again. It seems to be a big hit at MWC, too, with the Nokia booth packed with folk sitting cross-legged playing Snake. I never thought I'd have been saying that a few weeks ago.

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I do still wish that Nokia had preserved Snake in its original format. In the transition to colour it has lost some of the magic. Maybe I'm being picky, but I think it would have been great for Nokia to include a completely retro version of the game.

There’s a rudimentary browser, too, although since the phone only works on a 2.5G network and there’s no Wi-Fi, you’d only be likely to use it in an emergency. It's the Opera browser, and Nokia told me that the reason for its inclusion is to give people in developing countries the chance to access services such as Facebook.

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There are a couple more games available to download – what they actually are wasn't specified – and there is in fact Bluetooth on board too.

What Nokia seemed really proud of was the battery life, however. Leave this handset fully charged in a drawer and it will last a month; you can talk for an entire day without needing to reach for the micro-USB cable. You don’t get that with an iPhone. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack for jamming out to some MP3s, too – no dongle required.

Finally, there’s the design. This isn’t an exact replica of the 3310, but it certainly riffs on it. The buttons are a similar shape and that contrasting border around the display is present and correct.

Until I held an original 3310 during the briefing, I had completely forgotten how thick it was. But, it was almost completely indestructible, too; I’m not sure whether the same can be said for this one.

The colour options are super-bright – the orangey/red, in particular, has a neon glow, and the yellow option would probably be visible in complete darkness.

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First Impressions

A critical eye might cast this as a simple cash-in; entice customers to hand over £50 for a phone they wouldn’t go near if it wasn’t called the 3310.

But there’s nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia, and most of us would probably love a day (or a month) with a phone that lacks Facebook, Email, Slack and Twitter.

toboev

February 26, 2017, 4:44 pm

I wonder whether this won't fall between two stools. It is neither the original, but nor is it in any way improved. I'd rather just have the original, with a modern battery and circuitry for even better battery life. One improvement I would tolerate would be a decent camera, even if the display would not do it justice (we coped with no display at all on cameras for most of our lives).

Geode1010

February 26, 2017, 6:05 pm

What in the world?

Bob Ballard

February 26, 2017, 8:47 pm

Not 3G support is possibly the deal breaker. I have a Nokia C2 which is pretty much on a par with this phone except it has the series 40 OS, a slightly better camera and supports 3G. The C2 is a 5+ year old feature phone - why couldn't they have incorporated these features into the new 3310?

Alex Walsh

February 27, 2017, 11:06 am

Presumably this won't work on Three or any of the other networks that piggyback on Three as they switched their 2G network off some time ago.

Кенгуру Полуют

February 27, 2017, 9:17 pm

Looks like the Nokia 3310 had a baby with the Samsung E1210

aeonturnip

February 28, 2017, 8:28 am

I was initially quite excited by this, but after the initial retro buzz, it occurred to me that this isn't anything new - lots of feature phones are still being produced and are very cheap too - in fact, there's a section in most supermarkets which is full of them. There are even some Nokia - for exampe, the 216 looks like it has very similar spec - Series 30, almost as long talk and standby time, and it's under £30. Move along, nothing to see here.

Cool_Ash

February 28, 2017, 10:38 am

I would like Amazon or OEM to launch a eInk based Android smartphone which lasts a week of use. Don't need no fancy camera, etc. just exceptional battery life, emails, etc.

themanwhocan

March 7, 2017, 6:26 pm

Given it is colour screen does it allow contacts to have a display picture?

Karl Grosvenor

March 11, 2017, 9:11 pm

I think this phone looks great despite the negative review also the screen is a lot bigger than 1.5 inches.The only thing I wish it had was replaceable fascias like the original but I will certainly be buying one when they come out in the shops!

Mrflappywilly

March 28, 2017, 8:08 pm

yes, even old Nokia feature phones from 5/6 years ago allowed that.

Mrflappywilly

March 28, 2017, 8:09 pm

If they had just added 3g and wifi this would have been perfect for me.
2.5g in this day and age is just stupid, especially as some networks turned it off.

Karl Grosvenor

March 29, 2017, 1:33 am

If it had 3G the battery life wouldn't be very good it would be more like a smart phone which would be defeating the object.

Mrflappywilly

March 29, 2017, 9:59 am

3G is not the main reason smartphones have poor battery life. Much larger screens with a lot more power required to run them is the reason.
3g that is only on when required wouldn't use that much more power than 2g.

Karl Grosvenor

March 31, 2017, 3:18 pm

3G draws a lot more power thus shortening the battery life so if you want 3 G buy a smart phone.

Mrflappywilly

March 31, 2017, 3:41 pm

Did you even read my comment? 3g can be turned on and off when needed. It is the large screens and higher power processors that drain the most power... hence why i don't want a damn smartphone. 3G does not use that much extra power over 2.5g with the added benefit that carriers still support it.

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April 4, 2017, 4:08 pm

My thoughts exactly. Then it could double as a wifi hotspot for a tablet.

Mrflappywilly

April 4, 2017, 6:23 pm

Yep. that's pretty much all I want from a phone at the moment.

Karl Grosvenor

April 23, 2017, 7:41 am

Smart phone make their calls through 2 G so they won't be turning it off for quite some time.

Mrflappywilly

April 23, 2017, 7:24 pm

No they don't, they make calls through 3g for the most part. some networks turned off 2g a while ago.

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