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
One tough phone, recommended for those of the ironic luddite persuasion.
Member Name: Daedalus
Advantages: durable, retro appeal, functional, reliable, iconic, good features for the time, a classic phone.
Disadvantages: few features, no colour screen, overrated, overpriced, 'trendy'
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and the picture editor leads very little to be desired, not the mention, the whole format of which is ludcriously outdated.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.
Summary: It's cool but not worth the money.
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