The Nokia 3310 Goes Back to the Basics

The Nokia 3310 was a phone with an iconic look that was as striking as it was simple. Now Nokia has brought it back- at least from an anesthetic perspective. As they put it, the 2017 Nokia 3310 is “A modern classic reimagined.” If you love retro gear you are going to love this phone.

Key to the design of the new Nokia 3310 is the fact that it has a battery that offers standby time of up to a month. Add in your choice of four different vibrant colors and the ability to play a classic game when you need a break and you have something special.

The rounded form was one of the things that made the Nokia 3310 immediately identifiable. The reimagined 3310 draws its inspiration from this iconic rounded form. As Nokia explains:

The new Nokia 3310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original and reimagines it for 2017. The custom designed user interface brings a fresh look to a classic, whilst the 2.4” polarized and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight.

Because that 3310 is more “basic” than “smart” it’s battery packs a punch. You’ll get up to a month of standby time and all day talk time. The means it is not only a great basic phone but also a fantastic backup for anyone who needs to know they can always make a call. And since this is the 2017 Nokia 3310, when you need to charge it you can use the ubiquitous Micro-USB port that has replaced the proprietary charger on the original 3310.

Then there is Snake. Snake was to phone-gaming what Pac-Man was to console-gaming. It was THE way to kill time with a phone before the days of the App Store. The 2017 3310 has Snake but with a bit of an update and color. If you get the 3310 be prepared to get sucked into one of the greatest time-sucks of all time!

The 2017 Nokia 3310 will come in four colors. There’s Warm Red, Glossy Yellow as well as Dark Blue and Grey with a matte finish.

The 3310 has physical buttons, an iconic design, a 2 MP camera with LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2.4” curved window with polarized layer for better readability in sunlight and is available in both single SIM and dual SIM variants.

Inside the box is the phone, a Nokia Micro-USB charger, a WH-108 headset and a Quick guide. It has 2G connectivity, 16 MB of internal storage, a microSD card slot that can handle up to 32 GB of music and pictures. Of course, in addition to the MP3 player that can provide up to 51 hours of musical bliss, it also has an FM radio that will give you up to 39 hours of playtime.

If you love iconic designs and are looking for a phone that is actually designed for making calls… and listening to music, this reimagined classic may be for you. Check it out here.


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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.