Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 thi... more
Who remembers this bad boy?!
Member Name: agrieves
Advantages: Sturdy, easy to use, long battery life, great games
Disadvantages: Heavy, bulky, basic graphics
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!
Summary: A great phone for basic needs
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