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.
1 month agoNokia has confirmed the US launch of its new Android phones including the Nokia 3310 under its global release plans.
1 month agoHMD Global announced Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones at MWC 2017. In a media interview happened earlier this month, HMD said that Durability and longevity will make new Nokia phones stand out.
1 month agoNokia is planning for an iconic come back by introducing several devices one after the other within a short period of time. Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 are under testing while Nokia 6 is almost ready to release.
1 month agoThe listing does not reveal when these Nokia phones will start shipping.
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1 month agoIt's a battle of "then" against "now."
2 months agoEver since its launch in China a month ago, HMD’s Nokia 6 hasn’t looked back. And now the global variant of the phone modeled as TA-1003 has succeeded in getting its connectivity certified in Taiwan, like the way it was reported to have gone through a similar check for Bluetooth last month.
2 months agoA month after launching the Nokia 6, their first phone with Android Nougat in China, HMD is back again as reports suggest that a couple of phones with downgraded specs as that of the Nokia 6 might be unveiled.
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.
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.
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.
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.