In the world of mobile phones, Nokia needs no introduction. They are the original trailblazers of the mobile world. Back then, everybody wanted to own a Nokia, but not everyone could afford to. The Nokia 3310 launched back in the year 2000, was a Rockstar and went on to become the best-selling phone in the history of mobile phones. It was a tough little phone and people who used to rock it still recall it fondly. Nokia has launched a 2017 refresh of this iconic phone and is hoping to ride this wave of nostalgia to drive the sales of the Nokia 3310, 2017 edition.
Nokia has given a 2017 twist to the most-recognizable cell-phone design of this century. The 2017 Nokia 3310 is a feature phone like the original and does not even pretend to be anything more. It doesn’t even support 3G speeds. Neither does it have a selfie camera. What it has, is plenty of style and a long-lasting battery life. It is a phone meant for calling and it does its job without any complaints or hassles. The Nokia 3310 is available at a price of Rs. 3310/- in India. Let us a take a closer look at this phone in an in-depth review.
The design of the Nokia 3310 (2017) is a refresh of the iconic design of the original namesake. There are some elements, like the signature swoop below the display, which have remained unchanged. The Nokia 3310 is available in four fresh colours. The new design is curvier and thinner than the original one. The back panel is removable and gives access to the 1200mAh battery, the dual SIMs and the memory card slot. The back panel carries the Nokia branding in the middle. There is a circular camera cut-out over that which is flanked by the LED flash on the left side. The camera cut-out is ringed by a sliver strip which is the same colour as the swoop at the front. It is a nice design element and makes the camera stand out. Finally, on the top-left corner, there’s the loudspeaker grill which is made up of three oval holes stacked above each other.
Over at the front, the 2.4” display blends into a glossy black background bordered by the signature swoop design. The earpiece and Nokia branding sit on top of the display. There is no selfie camera on this phone. The two action buttons, the call-receive and call-end buttons, the four-way navigation key and the OK button sit below the display and are embedded in the silver swoop. The keys are now symmetrical unlike the original one which had asymmetrical keys. The OK button is big and it is bordered by the four-way navigation key, which helps it stand out. The keys on the alpha-numeric keypad are oval in shape and evenly spaced. They are easy to press and have a good tactile feel. Typing is a smooth experience on this keypad. The keys are all silver-coloured in all the colour variants. The primary microphone is located on the bottom edge of the phone. Overall, the design review of the Nokia 3310 makes a good impression with a strong whiff of nostalgia.
The Nokia 3310 packs a 2.4” QVGA LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 167 PPI. The display is covered with a polarized layer of glass which improves readability in sunlight.
The colours are well-saturated and the display is bright enough. It takes up almost the entire top-half of the phone. It serves its purpose, that of displaying calls and short messages, quite well here.
The Nokia 3310 has a primary camera of 2.0-megapixel resolution which also features an LED flash. The camera is okay for some simple snaps. The 2.0-megapixel resolution does not capture a good amount of details.
Pictures clicked in daylight or under ideal lighting conditions come out well with good colours and proper exposure. Night-time photos or photos clicked under low-light conditions do not fare so well. Its camera is definitely not the selling point of the Nokia 3310.
The Nokia 3310 is a no-frills feature phone which is made for calling. The phone performs well and sails through day-to-day usage with no lags or stutters. It has 16MB of internal storage which can be extended up to 32GB.
The call quality on the Nokia 3310 is excellent. Calls can be heard clearly on both sides of the call. The built-in FM radio provides hours of entertainment and news updates. There is Bluetooth 3.0 on board, but no Wi-Fi. The 1200mAh battery powers the phone for 22 hours of talk-time and 600 hours of standby time. The performance review of this phone makes it to be a strong performer.
Inside the box:
· Nokia 3310 Handset
· Nokia Micro-USB Charger
· WH-108 Headset
· Quick guide
ü 1200 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.
ü Big 2.4” QVGA LCD display.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Dual-SIM support.
û Limited phone book.
û No selfie camera.
û Older Bluetooth V3.0.
This review makes it quite clear that the Nokia 3310 is a very basic feature phone which shares its name and design language with the original, which was an icon in its time. It delivers on the purpose that it was built for, and excels in that regard. One look at the phone evokes the memories of the old one. The Nokia 3310 is a well-built, reliable phone which offers excellent value for the buyer’s money.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
Value for Money: 4 Stars.