This was my first ever phone when I was 11 and I am considering hunting for one to give to my sister when she starts secondary school next September.
This phone holds so many great childhood memories from the classic ringtone (back when we had instrumental ringtones) called Kick to everyone's favourite game ever: Snake.
Even though it has no colour screen or camera, this phone was set apart because of its robustness. It allowed you to text and call and that was pretty much it. But if texting and calling is all you require, this phone is a gem and is pretty much indestructible. It is perfect for people who don't understand the latest technology and have extremely basic needs. For those who are constantly updating their twitter profiles or need access to the internet at all times: stay away.
The phone has an unrivalled battery life, especially if you do not use your phone much. One full charge can easily last days, even a week!
I think one of the reasons that this phone means so much to me is that it reminds me of a time not very long ago when kids would play outside or talk to their friends in person rather than spend all their time living in a virtual world. The 3310 was brilliant because of how simple and basic it was. Nowadays it seems as if smartphones are the be all and end all. No one can dispute their efficiency and how accessible everything is but a phone shouldn't become something you depend on and can't live without!
This absolute beauty of a phone is a classic and will always stand out. It would make a great starter phone or something for elderly relatives who aren't familiar with newer technology.
This was the first mobile phone that I ever had. As my high school was 30 miles from home, if the bus back was late, obviously I had to be able to let my mother know I wouldn't be back on time. Similarly, if the bus didn't turn up, I lived about 3 and a half miles from my bus stop, so I had to let her know that I hadn't been picked up, or hadn't been dropped off on time so that she wouldn't be worried if I was exceedingly late for whatever reason. So she bought me this phone. It only cost about £30 at the time I believe, which was pretty good really, and she always kept it topped up with £5 every couple of months just so that I had it for emergencies.
The phone that I had came with a grey coloured case which I used with it in order to protect the original mobile phone. It worked pretty well, and I must admit that even now it doesn't have many scratches on it. It was easy enough to use the buttons through the case as well, even though the case did make the phone more bulky to use.
The buttons were well spaced out, being about a centimetre or so each in size with a half a centimetre gap between them. The phone itself was about 12cm long and about 5cm across with a depth of about 3cm, so it was quite a bulky thing to have in your pocket.
It was a black and white phone. It was very basic. It didn't have a camera, it had no space for additional storage at all, it had no bluetooth, infrared or even internet connectivity as far as I recall. It was just a very basic mobile phone that could be used for texting, calling and playing games on.
The main game I remember it having on it was snake. You must remember snake. It was probably the most popular game of the time. It was a pretty cool game, and I still like playing it now. Essentially, you just had to control the snake as it went around the phone screen and make it eat all the pixels. It was very easy, but very captivating because you wanted to make the snake as long as you could.
The only other features I remember it having really was the calculator. It came in handy at times to have the calculator on it, but it wasn't really a necessity. It was seen as an extra. I also remember it having a host of smilies that you could send in SMS texts, but it didn't do MMS texts so that probably explains the excess of smilies.
In terms of battery time, it was pretty good. It lasted a couple of days most of the time without needing to be charged up. If you used it to call it would still last a day. I was more than happy with it, and never went anywhere without it, even though I rarely actually used it.
The thing that I find the most surprising about it is that it still works even now. The only thing that stops it from working is the fact that the charger broke. The phone itself is fine. If I ever needed to go back to a basic phone I'd have no reason to hesitate in buying another of these.
Bear with me on this. The 3310 is an all time design classic, and was one of the most popular phones when I was growing up. Crucially for the time, it had Snake, one of the most fun mobile games ever, it was the Angry Birds of the early 2000s. But it was the cool design that made it the phone to have. If you didn't own one, then you couldn't walk across the playground without constant humiliation. Originally I got that, as I had the 3210, the previous model, but I soon upgraded and felt like cock of the walk. As an 11 year old, that was the most important thing.
These days it's a cult classic phone. Now let me explain why it's better than an iPhone. It never needed all the fancy features of an iPhone to sell, it probably still is one of Nokia's all time best sellers. Snake was the key selling point for most of the younger buyers, and I wasted so many hours perfecting my game.
These days, if you get a full day out of your iPhone, you're lucky. But a 3310, even with heavy use, lasted weeks.
The other thing was the durability. These days, if you drop an iPhone, you'll smash the screen to pieces, and then the lovely Apple staff will tell you that it's not covered under warranty as it is classed as "accidental damage". But my old 3310 survived falling out of my pocket while cycling, being thrown at walls after being dumped by text, a quick dip in the sea (walked in with my shorts on and thought "oops, my phone's still in my pocket" and ran back to the sunbeds), and many more. A friend of mine even somehow dropped his in the toilet. Amazingly, 12 years on, both mine and his are still in the same working condition as they was brand new.
Obviously feature-wise, it's horrendously outdated, and in the technology world, 12 years feels like 5000 years. But if you're looking for something that works as a PHONE rather than a shiny shiny gadget, it's brilliant. Would be good for people in construction sites thanks to that incredible toughness (and this wasn't the 'rugged' Nokia which came out later on). I once saw a funny picture on Facebook of an iPhone and a 3310. The iPhone had the caption "drop on floor, breaks the screen" and the 3310 had "drop on floor, breaks the floor". Another had a 3310 in a leather case, and the caption "it's not to protect the phone from the world, it's protecting the world from the phone". Back then of course, there were the odd few that broke in weird ways, I think the only one I ever saw killed was dunked in a pint glass (a pint of orange juice I'll add, I was only 11 at the time!) but compared to the fragile smartphones of 2012, these things feel like they're made from granite, and the Facebook jokes do seem realistic. I'm fairly sure that if a Nuclear holocaust happened tomorrow, the cockroaches would survive and be able to play with all the old 3310s. They are THAT good.
A stout barbarian of a phone, the Nokia 3310 is a classic, chunky, reliable phone, presently favoured by retro hipsters and renowned for its supposedly 'indestructible' nature which has over the last few years reached legendarily memetic status.
Though the phone has very good battery life, there are better ones on the market. Most of the cheapest Samsung models on the market at the minute, for example, boast a better battery life and better features, including colour screens, java powered games and even cameras.
The display is nostalgic as well as intuitive, with very basic menus with few features. The 3310 features nostalgic built in game Snake II which has since received cult status among the over 20s, particularly in the UK.
This is arguably an extremely reliable phone which, whilst sticking out in your pocket just a little too much to be trendy, is extremely functional and won't let you down. Calls and texts are sent quickly and easily and network coverage is surprisingly always strong, especially when one considers the phone's age.Picture messaging is limited to very basic pictures, and the picture editor leads very little to be desired, not the mention, the whole format of which is ludcriously outdated.
It is one of many early phones with a simple, easy to use monophonic ringtone composer, which is a good thing for the nerdily musically inclined. Tones can be saved, downloaded and are relatively easily to transpose, including sharp and flat notes. There is also no WAP, apps, browser, or other such contemporary trappings.
The keypad is durable and easy to use, though a little wear and tear is inevitable. The case is relatively scratch resistent and can take a massive amount of pummelling. Even if this wasn't the case though, (no punt intended) the fascias are easily replacable and are still readily available online to this day.
Nonetheless, the Nokia 3310 is now little more than a fashion statement, and is not even vaguely economical to buy, and lacks even the most basic of modern features. No apps, no touchscreen, nothing like that. It's a phone that makes calls and sends texts. Unless you can get your hands on an unlocked Nokia 3310 for less than a fiver, all you're doing is paying over the odds for retro hipster chic.
I'm sure if you are of a certain age (probably late 20s to 30s) you will have heard of or owned this iconic phone. When I was at university back in 1998, it still wasn't even that common for everyone to own a mobile phone, and it was still a costly item to buy (over £100 back then) so this I actually got for Christmas from my folks, just on a simple pay as you go package. Back then this phone seemed 'feature packed' with games, customizable monophonic ringtones and a nice sized screen to see all of your texts (do you remember the generation of mobiles before this where you message painstakingly scrolled 'ticker tape' style across a single line display!).
Yes this phone was a serious player back then, it was thoughtfully designed for ease of use (texting was a synch), and I still remember putting in the MIDI notes for the MII2 theme and the Imperial March from Star Wars (which I could helpfully assign to my Mum's number whenever she rang). Very cool indeed. As a former Gameboy (1st generation) user, the green and black LED screen was instantly familiar, and it was truly the first time I'd seen games being incorporated into your phone (of course phones like this were the direct ancestors of the famous Apple 'it can do it all' iphones). I think the game 'Snake', much like the Gameboy's Tetris, still holds up as a classically addictive game; this transcend the basic capabilities of the phone and was almost artful in its minimalism (you could call it simple beauty).
The other thing to note about this phone was its legendary durability. I've gone through tons of phones since I upgraded from this model, but this will surely stand as the phone the endured the longest (I reckon a good 6 years as my main mobile). During that time I put it to the test, many times it hurtled from my pocket, seemingly smashed into many different parts (not unlike C3PO in Empire Strikes back), only to be carefully put back together, tentatively put back together and low and behold, amazingly it would always switch on again! Also the screen must be made of sturdy stuff and no matter how high the impact seemed to be this only ever seemed to garner a few minor scratches at worst (not sure if many modern phones would take the 'pepsi challenge' with this tank!). Also battery life (no doubt in part to the low light display) was great and lasted what seemed like days after only a few hours charge. So this would definitely be bonus if you are looking for a no frills phone that can competently manage phoning and texting and last an age between charges (plus I'm sure we're going to soon start seeing retro kitsch when it comes to phones with classic models like this reissue as vintage models for exorbitant prices!).
You could probably find this phone on the web for next to nothing, yet it may well serve you better than many 'fancier' subsequent models that were clearly not designed to last (I suspect Nokia when they designed this didn't know what massive business mobile phones were to become and built this to last the user about a decade!). I doubt modern phones are built to be a durable as this one, as we now live in a much more disposable age for phones (remember it's big business to get you to upgrade every six months!). Overall, a great little solid phone from the recent past.
This phone holds a special place in my heart, as I'm sure it does with many other people - it was my first mobile phone and despite having been through more technologically-advanced ones since, the Nokia 3310 just did the job.
Nokia made these back in the day before in built camera technology, apps and internet browsing - forget mp3s or even polyphonic ringtones - this had the infamous monophonic, preset tunes like 'Kick' - it even has a composer mode where you can make your own tunes. It seemed a bit complicated at first but when you got the hang of it you can be as creative as you liked with the music. I remember making the theme tune to 'Blackadder'!
The graphics of course are very basic in comparison to the high definition quality - a monochrome screen where you don't need a magnifying glass to see the pixels - but I feel this was one of the 3310's charming features - the flourescent green backlight that glowed in the dark gave a somewhat futuristic feel to this phone too.
The battery life is probably one of the best I've ever seen - I used this on a regular basis for over 5 years and the battery worked perfectly fine - a single charge which would take roughly an hour would last for days at a time.
However, what I feel most nostalgic about where the games - as an 11 year old I would play the classics like Snake and Space Impact - games which despite the basic graphics would keep you entertained for literally hours on end.
When it comes to texting and answering calls, this phone was one of the easiest to use. The volume on this was brilliant, unlike some phones this one could be loud! It also had a vibration setting which would make a very loud noise if you placed it on a table, this is due to the handset's large weight. Texting was made very easy and of all the phones I've had, I've been able to text the fastest on this phone. It has proper buttons that are efficiently spaced out enough, unlike the Iphone touch screen keyboard (I always make loads of mistakes with that due to my massive fingers!)
The only main disadvantage I have with this is the weight - the phone and charger are bulky and heavy in comparison to the slimline models we now see advertised everywhere.
If you want a phone that does the basic requirements of sending/receiving texts and calls, as well as the odd entertaining game or two, then this is a brilliant phone for you. It may seem to some like a dated brick of yesteryear that should now be put in a museum and forgotten, but it does the job and will stand the test of time. They are really cheap to pick up now from Amazon and Ebay, have a look on Gumtree too as some people maybe giving them away for free now...since this was one of Nokia's most popular models the accessories (such as the 1-ton charger) are very easy to get hold of too.
If you do get this phone, I hope you have as much fun as I did with my 3310!
I miss the days when I used to use the Nokia 3310. It was such a great phone at the time and in some ways it still is today! These were the days when Nokia used to be far better than all of it's rivals. Everything about this phone is simplistic and is great to use today if you just want to make and receive calls. It includes all the important functions such as text messaging, calculator, calendar and clock and a few games such as snake.
I have dropped this phone without a case quite a few times and haven't taken care of it, yet it still works perfectly. The call quality and the build quality is great and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple phone. You can also use facias and phone puches so it is very customisable. Along with 35 ringtones that come with the phone, you can also download them onto your phone, or create them on your phone yourself!
Oh dear - am I a dinosaur for admitting to still using this phone all the time??
--How I Got It--
Can't even recall what first phones I had but I ended up with this one after virtually getting it for free with some Avon offer many years ago - 2004 (there was a lot of fuss as the offer was way over subscribed).
If you bought £15 worth of items form Avon you had a voucher to exchange for a phone - I must have been one of the lucky ones as I actually got mine (I think the offer was way oversubscribed).
The 3310 phone was introduced by Nokia in 2000.
I am not a heavy user of my phone and have it on Pay As You Go with Orange.
Have never had any trouble with it and it does just what I need:
Send and receive texts.
Send and receive calls.
(All I want from a phone is that I can contact the A.A. if necessary and that my two sons can keep in touch with me.)
Many features built in. These include a calculator, Nokia network monitor, stop watch and a reminder function. It has four games, 'Snake II', 'Pairs II', 'Space Impact', and 'Bantumi'. It was popular for SMS because it allowed long messages at 459 characters.
I won't bother listing all the technical stuff but I can set the time and also have the alarm to go. The ring tones and text alerts can be changed (there are various different tunes) and the volume can be set very high so that they can be heard troughout the house.
The phone came with the standard navy blue Nokia fascia but there are numerous replacement ones you can buy - I get mine from Ebay.
I have had a leopard print one, strawberry one (for the summer) plus some others a while ago that I have since sold on.
The best feature for me is that it is EASY TO USE and has no special features - I just want a basic phone that I can use when necessary - and this fits the bill perfectly - so I see no need to upgrade.
---Would I recommend?---
Yes, but I am no phone expert and only want a basic model to make calls and do texts. It is easy to use and I rather stick with a model I know rather than upgrade and have to learn new features.
I give this four stars for ease of use but have to take one off as it is old fashioned now.
The best phone that i have ever had in my life! I got this phone when i was turning 11 (7+ years ago) and never had any trouble when i had it. The phone has been passed from me to my grandma then onto my granddad therefore has had a fair bit of use during its time. It has been dropped on numerous occasions however never to this day has broken. No its not a fancy phone, you can't have apps and it doesn't let you do everything an Iphone or Blackberry would however the amount of times I've had issues with my Iphone i think it would have been easier to stick to this one, it would have saved me a lot of money and also would not have wound me up. I think to many people take new technology for granted and just leave the old stuff behind whereas in my opinion things such as this trusty phone should be a purchase made by everyone!
This is the greatest mobile phone I have ever owned. I loved it so so much. If mobiles had character this phone would have an abundance of it.
This phone is from the good old day where Internet, email, cameras and videos were all a thing of a scary future.
It had standard functions such as calls and text but was so amazing because of a simple game called snake. A simple game where you used the 2,4,6 and 8 buttons to control a snake to collect apples. Although it was simple and basic it is also incredibly addictive and I spent hours trying to brake my highscore.
Along with snake the phone also featured changeable facias so you could style your phone in your desired patterns and colours. I splashed out on the Newcastle fc cover.
I must've dropped this phone hundreds of times with the fascia smashing off. Despite this, and a strange rattle noise the phone started to make, the mobile continued to last for years.
It was very easy to navigate around and the battery life would easily last two days plus.
An amazing phone which I am delighted to own. Something of a pioneer in mobile phone history.
The Nokia 3310 is a good (but basic) phone. It is quite a compact phone, but this is good as it fits well in the hand. It doesn't have a bulky ariel, instead it just has a smooth exterior. The phone has polyphonic ringtones, which was a step up from monophonic back in the day. The phone is good quality and durable. Mine has took many knocks and scrapes during it's years and it still works!!! I only use it to phone my family abroad now though, via dial a phone.I must say that the clarity is VERY good considering I only use this phone to call America.
The phone is easy to navigate around and has an easy to access menu. It has useful functions such as an alarm and phonebook. It also has a clear screen with no jargon. It has a brilliant battery life. I can get away with charging this phone once a week, whereas I charge my Blackberry 8520 every day!
This is a good quality phone and it can be picked up on auction sites for under £15 now. I can't remember how much I paid for mine but it was more than £15! The great thing about this phone is that you can personalise it by changing the fascia. Again, these can be picked up on the cheap now.
A good phone. A bit dated but it's a classic :)
I have used mobile phones right from the start when they were old bricks that took up my whole handbag. The Nokia 3310 was my first proper contact phone that i got on a package deal from Orange. As the years have moved forward i have more modern phone right now the Blackberry curve however its no where near as reliable as my good old Nokia 3310. I still have my Nokia 3310 as its great for a spare when my phone brakes etc and handy at nights when bored to have a game of snake on i have been addicted to this game from the start.
Nokia 3310 phones can only be purchased now on websites such as Ebay uk and probably well used, you can pick up the used Noika 3310 for around £10.00 for pay as you go.
I remember the packaging of the box being labelled with the Nokia brand and showing a picture of the phone. It come with way to much information leaflets.
The phone is dark blue plastic and has grey trip around the screen. The phone is fairly compact in size and slim enough to fit in your pocket, but a good enough sixe to stretch from ear to mouth unlike some silly small phones.
You can get customisable fascias for the phone, i purchased a few from Ebay at the time of getting the phone and have a bright pink bacardi breezer face on mine, it cost around £3.00 but had loads to pick. Changing the facia is a task as you have to push to parts on the phone clips in at the same time to remove the cover not easy as the clips are at opposite ends, ok if you have three hands i guess.
The push buttons on the phone are ok to use and i managed fine considering they are so close together.
There are no fancy features on the Nokia 3310 a few games and that was the dogs danglies back then. You can send and received text messages, the phone only takes 50 messages so one the inbox is full you have to delete every text one by one. Text also had the predictive text so it could guess what your trying to type and finish the word for you, i switched this off as it was to hard to use and often got the words wrong.
It has a few ring tones to chose from the deafening Nokia tune and the simple ring ring being my most used ringtones, you can also put the phone on vibrate that's so powerful and the phone shakes like mad when sitting on a table. You can record your voice so the phone can respond to commands , i never got this to work think my voice was hard to pick up or maybe my accent.
Nokia 3310 come with snake II the game its very addictive and i score high , basically you collect apples and manoeuvre the snake around the screen using the phone pad.
The screen is green and all text is black very old fashioned but easy to read and use. I loved this phone and cant believe i have held onto it so long 10 years to be precise. Its so hard wearing and reliable. The battery even now lasts around 3 hours on calls. If i leave it switched on and not use it i get seven days of battery.
I think the Nokia 3310 was probably one of the best phones i have ever had, the older phones last so much longer than the modern ones of today for instance my blackberry gave up twice after five months and has had a new battery already. I just cant part with the trust old Nokia 3310. I recommend Nokia 3310.
I think everyone in our household had one of these at some point! Although this isn't the most modern or up-to-date phone it is brilliantly simple and easy to use. Even new they were very cheap, I bought mine first on pay as you go and it came with a great deal of credit already on the card. Nowadays this is the perfect phone for the elderly and people who struggle to understand/grasp complex technology. A simple phone to teach an elderly relative to use in case of emergencies, and just to make sure you can reach them, with a very long battery life and clear easy to read display. For the young this is a great first phone, gives kids a little independence and you as a parent can send them out knowing they can get in touch with you if they need you (or they need to be back for tea!), also has the age-old classic mobile phone game - SNAKE! A reason all on it's own to have one of these phones!
The Nokia 3310 was released in 2000. It is a compact mobile phone with a monochrome screen. For a phone of this time period, it has numerous features including several games, a calculator and a stopwatch. It comes with numerous ringtones, and many different covers are available to improve the appearance.
Similar, better known, models such as the 3315 and the 3330 were released later, which had additional features such as wireless internet access and other slightly different aspects.
At first glance, especially compared with phones of today, it looks unattractive and brick-like, however it is easier to use than most modern day phones (perhaps because calls and texting are its only real functions) and it is certainly reliable and more durable than newer models.
Due to great advances in mobile phone technology in the past 10 years I would not recommend this phone to anyone who can afford better, however if you are simply looking for a cheap, easy and reliable means of communication, you cannot go wrong with this model.
I remember a time when mobile phones 'did exactly what they said on the tin' - namely making and receiving calls with the added bonus of sending the occasional text message. These days however, the phone is viewed as a mini computer that can be used to access the web, watch movies, and keep up to date with all manner of social networking activities.
One of my first phones was Nokia's 3310 - an easy to use handset which offered simple features and a high level of reliability. The phone's construction is entirely plastic, and although it's a cheaply put together device, it does indeed feel like it will stand up to a bit of rough treatment. I can actually confirm the phone's robustness, as I dropped mine on at least fifteen occasions and it stood up to the challenge. If the 3310 did get scratched to the point of no return, the front fascia could be popped off and replaced with another - these front-plates were available in a number of colours for little cost. The phone's size is a perfect fit for the hand, and unlike some of those uber-tiny handsets which you get nowadays, it wasn't at all fiddly to operate.
If you fancy getting hold of a 3310 you'll be only paying a few quid - a quick check on eBay shows that the price of an unused handset is between £8 - £12, which is great value for money for what is ultimately a no frills but reliable bit of equipment. The screen is similarly simple (none of this touch-screen nonsense!), just a 84 x 48 pixel LCD which is illuminated with a green backlight - It's clear to view in both dark conditions and in bright daylight. The keypad features raised plastic buttons which make a reassuring click when pressed. In terms of battery life, the 3310 lasted just under a week with light use before it needed recharging. Because of this, the phone was (and still is) a great model to take with you to a festival - firstly, you probably won't mind if it gets covered in mud, and secondly, it will still be up and running when your friend's smartphone has eaten up its battery. That said, after a year or so of use, the 3310's battery had the potential to deteriorate pretty quickly - luckily, replacement batteries can be picked up very cheaply on eBay.
Texting is very simple on the Nokia, and there are a few input options (including predictive) to help with speedy typing. Downsides include the fact that the phone can only store ten messages at a time, which is a positively tiny amount by today's standards. In terms of the additional features, the phone had a limited number of applications (although at the time it was seen as being fairly feature-laden) - these included a calculator, stopwatch, alarm clock, and four games ('Snake II', 'Pairs II', 'Space Impact', and 'Bantumi'). The games were playable, but nothing special except for the updated version of Snake which really is a classic.
From the perspective of sound quality, the 3310 delivers the goods with an earpiece which produces a perfectly acceptable clarity - obviously this will depend on the reception in the area which you live. Unfortunately there's no speakerphone option, but then again the 3310 was designed as a phone for the people rather than being a business model. At this stage in the review I should point out that the phone is really easy to use - in fact, my gran currently owns a 3310 - and while she hasn't quite mastered the art of text messaging, she can make an receive calls with little effort.
Overall, It's unlikely that anyone would buy a 3310 nowadays - people want their phones to walk the dog, clean the house, and make their tea for them... and this old-skool Nokia is somewhat lacking in the mod-cons department. What it will do however, is make and receive calls in an effective and reliable manner - and if that's all you want from your phone, you won't go too far wrong here.