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New Nokia 3310 vs Old Nokia 3310: What has changed in 17 years?

01 March 2017 5

Like each year, we saw a lot of smartphones announcement at this year's MWC event in Barcelona but the one which got and is continuously receiving the most attention is a feature phone. Yes, you guessed it right. We are talking about the Nokia 3310 (2017), the resurrected, refreshed, improved, and better version of the original Nokia 3310.

There is a gap of more than a decade between the launch of the old and new Nokia 3310, the phone which was the first-ever mobile phone for many of us and is one of the best-selling mobile phones of all time. So, it perfectly makes sense to compare the two phones to see what has changed in these 17 years. Let's get started.

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Build & Design

If you are someone who has seen the original Nokia 3310 even once so far, you will notice that the newer Nokia 3310 is quite different in terms of both build and design. The newer variant follows modern aesthetics and design language which means it is almost half as thin as the older one and a lot lighter but is still made up of plastic. In comparison, the older version is surely a big chunk of plastic which also justifies all the indestructible memes featuring the phone.

The newer Nokia 3310 also has rounded soft corners as compared to the older one which had them broad and squared. If we talk about dimensions, the new variant has 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm and old variant has 113 x 48 x 22 mm. It clearly shows that 2017 reincarnation of the Nokia 3310 has a bigger footprint despite being thinner.


There is a big difference between the display of the two phones which is also a testament to the improvements we have made in technology. The original Nokia 3310 was launched with a 1.5-inch display which was black and white which means no matter what you do on the phone, there were just two colors. But with the Nokia 3310 (2017), there is a bigger 2.4-inch display which is colorful meaning a lot of colors to show you the real beauty of objects visible on the screen. And it's not only about colors, HMD Global has also opted for a polarized layer over the display to offer better visibility in the sunlight.

To put in simple words, the new Nokia 3310 has a bigger display to show more content which will also be helpful in reading texts and viewing images. It also offers better visibility under varying light conditions as compared to the old one.


Talking about the camera, there was no such thing on the old Nokia 3310 and the newer Nokia 3310 has a 2MP rear shooter. And that's not the only thing as the camera is also accompanied by an LED flash. But let's be honest, no one actually needed a camera on their phones in the 2000s because there were no Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook during those times. No one (except close friends and family members) really wanted to know what you ate for lunch, where did you go on your last vacation, or what exactly are you doing at this very moment.

If we compare that to today's time, it is almost impossible to imagine a phone without a camera. The social media networks have become an integral part of our lives and it's an obvious thing for Nokia to go with a camera even if it's just 2MP. And even though we are yet to test the camera, we would say don't set your expectations too high. And for all those selfie fanatics reading this, there is no front camera which means one of the many creative ways to get a selfie is to hold the phone in a way that the rear camera is pointed at you and then let the hit and trial method start.


The original Nokia 3310 build its legacy on two things: build quality and battery life. It came with a 900mAh battery which is not huge by any means but considering that those days were only about sending/receiving texts, phone calls, and playing Snake, it served for a good amount time and running at least for a few days.

As for the new Nokia 3310, there is a 1200mAh battery this time which is claimed to offer a standby time of about 30 days and a talk time of 22 hours. It is surely a significant improvement over the older variant and since there are no apps this time around as well, it should last you for a couple of weeks.

Connectivity, Games, and everything else

As we said that the old Nokia 3310 was a feature phone or if we go by today's standards, a dumb phone. There were no cool apps, no Bluetooth, no FM Radio/media player, and no microSD card slot. It means there was nothing exciting about the phone except for the uber cool (as per that time) game called Snake. Ask anyone who has ever owned or even used a classic Nokia 3310 and he/she will surely tell you what fun it was to play Snake all day. It was a basic game with nothing fancy but it was the most fun and challenging thing during those times. Coming to the connectivity, there was no internet because it neither had cellular data nor WiFi. Similarly, it had a proprietary charging jack which meant you need to make sure that you carry the charger along with you if you are traveling.

All of these cons (except for apps and the internet) have been taken care on the new Nokia 3310. It means now you have a media player, FM radio, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, Bluetooth for file transfer, and new games along with a graphically improved Snake. While we don't know whether the new Snake will be equally fun to play, it is surely good to know that the game is still there. This time, it comes with a standard microUSB port for charging and 3.5mm headphone jack which means no matter where you are, you are most likely to find a spare charger and headphone to get going.

Now if you are wondering why there are no apps or the internet on the Nokia 3310, then the answer is pretty simple. The new Nokia 3310 is basically a tribute to the legacy of the old Nokia 3310 feature phone. So it does not make any sense in loading it with apps and run a smart OS to make it just another smartphone in the market full of thousands of others.

Availability and Price

As you might know or have guessed it already, the original Nokia 3310 has officially been discontinued a long time ago. It means while you can't get it via any official means, you can surely search through sites like eBay to see if someone is selling their used or refurbished Nokia 3310. It was actually launched for £129.99 because phones used to be really expensive during those days but since you will be looking on eBay, you should get it for a lot cheaper now.

On the other hand, the newer Nokia 3310 has been launched at just €49 which is definitely a lot cheaper than your weekend night out or a date with your significant other. And it is not hard to guess why the phone so cheap, you can get a good entry-level Android smartphone for about €100 (or little more) these days.

Final Thoughts

There is no doubt that there is a lot of significant difference between the original Nokia 3310 and Nokia 3310 (2017). And even though the newer model is a good overall package, our priorities have surely changed a lot in these 17 years. We are a lot more connected and social as well as used to the instant gratification.

As a result, it goes without saying that a feature phone does not really stand a chance against the iPhones and smartphones of the modern world. But if you are a Nokia fan and want to relive those good old days or you are someone from the current generation but want to have a feel of it what it was like to use a feature phone back then or maybe you are someone who just needs a backup phone because of the battery backup, you can surely consider the all-new Nokia 3310 (2017). After all, it's from a brand which started it all and is also a lot cheaper than your next date. If interested, sign up here to know when the new Nokia 3310 will go on sale.

But what do you think of the two Nokia 3310 phones from two completely different eras? Are you interested in getting one for yourself or someone else? Share your thoughts with us via the comment section below.

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  • Well, a lot of things have changed in these 17 years, if we are talking about changes in the first place. The main thing that instantly comes to mind after seeing the phone is that the display looks much more improved apart a few more things, of course.

    • But why is that back in the first place? I mean Nokia's spending bucks on a phone that looks old fashioned today when we speak of design and looks.

        • Yeah, that factor will always stay. But at times it feels good at the heart to have a phone just for the nostalgic moments. If it's possible for me, I'll surely buy the new 3310.

          • Nokia is a brand and the 3310 was one of the best phones by the company when they brought it out a few years back. And it's great to see that it's back in a new avatar.


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