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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.

The phone 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?

The new Nokia 3310 is available to buy now, though stocks might be limited.

Nokia 3310 Price: How much does it cost?

You can pick up the 3310 for £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.


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).


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


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.


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.


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!


March 28, 2017, 8:08 pm

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


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.


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.


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.


April 4, 2017, 4:08 pm

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


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.


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.

dex maghari

May 3, 2017, 7:16 am

hello.. can anyone help me about my querry? is the new nokia 3310 has continued conversation? where your chat with a every individual is organized? where you can easily follow ur chat history?


May 10, 2017, 2:15 pm

A larger screen as well as modern telephony would have been well come, I bet it has a Nano sim though.


May 10, 2017, 3:49 pm

The bigest failure here is the color sreen. They should have kept the old black and white lcd screen. The old screen was very ease to read at full sunlight, try that with the colour screen.

Bob Ballard

May 11, 2017, 6:26 pm

MFW is correct - its the processor and screen display that is the biggest killer to battery life. I have a Nokia C2 that uses 3g but is otherwise comparable to the 3310 - battery life is 4-5 days without a recharge.

Meganoob BG

May 12, 2017, 4:38 pm

I don't give a sh*t about Whatsapp or Facebook but honestly instead of a 2MP camera they should have added atleast some kind of 3G support because im afraid that many people who buy it on the next day their country may decide: WELL we re too advanced for 2G, lets shut it down and then this phone becomes basically useless. And this phone is very pricey actually, because you can buy the Nokia 150 at almost half the price and it has almost the same features. As for the 3G support it shouldnt be a problem because there are alot older nokias like the 515 and the 301 that support 3G not to mention the low budget Nokias 207 and 208 that also support it and are also cheaper than the new 3310. So there shouldnt be any troubles to add 3G to the 3310.


May 13, 2017, 12:20 am

Can we trust a review that can't get "posterity" right?! And as for "well back"; what's that all about?! It's an age thing I'm afraid. Unlike the yoof who wrote the review I used the 3310 the first time around. After recent years of using phones that are smarter than me but have the battery life of a mayfly I thoroughly welcome its return, and when the queues die down I'll be there.

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