Ketan Pratap, 15 February 2017
- Nokia 3310 refresh likely to launch later this month
- The phone might be priced at EUR 59
- The iconic Nokia 3310 was first launched in 2000
The excitement among Nokia fans is palpable as word has spread about the Nokia 3310 reboot that may be coming our way in less than 10 days, at the sidelines of MWC 2017. Word of the upcoming Nokia 3310 model has been welcomed by fans across the world, bringing back fond memories of the iconic mobile phone of the 2000s. And with the rumoured price tag of EUR 59 (roughly Rs. 4,000), the upcoming model will be an affordable second handset for smartphone users bitten by the nostalgia bug.
When the Nokia 3310 originally launched back in 2000, the phone was promoted to be the best for chatting. It was also one of the first to boast of the Nokia Navi Key, which offered easy access to the phone's features. The excitement around any reincarnation of the Nokia 3310 is such that the Finland-based company was able to pull a prank on consumers with a special Nokia 3310 version with Windows Phone 8 operating software, and 41-megapixel PureView camera back in 2014.
Let's take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the reasons that make the Nokia 3310 the phone every user wants.
The smartphone era may have seen its fair share of innovations in terms of camera, UI, processing power, and features but unfortunately, battery life has taken the biggest hit as mobile communication evolved. The original Nokia 3310 offered a healthy 260 hours of standby time and a decent 4 hours and 30 minutes of talk time for a 1000mAh battery. With the new Nokia 3310, we can expect the era of improved battery life to return.
The Nokia 3310 is no doubt one of the most iconic Nokia phones ever built. Much like other Nokia feature phones that are known for their durability, reliability, and simplicity, the Nokia 3310 was also considered to be among the sturdiest handsets ever built. The Nokia 3310 could easily survive drops or even accidental water spills. The biggest relief was the handset never required a screen protector unlike modern day phones. With touchscreens dominating smartphones, there has been the fear of phones with cracked screens for users.
The Nokia 3310 refresh could mean that the legendary Snake game will make its comeback on a Nokia device. It was one of the most popular mobile games in the 2000s and the Nokia 3310 had it.
The Nokia 3310 refresh could also mean the return of the colourful rear shells. To recall, the Nokia 3310 was made available during 2000s in six different colours. Unfortunately, the unibody design has killed the fun of flaunting new coloured rear shells on phones.
One of the features that I miss on my smartphone is the ability to tweak my welcome screen. Forget iOS, it's rare to find the option to edit your welcome screen this option even in most Android ROMs. The Nokia 3310 could bring that privilege to you.
With beloved features such as these, it is no wonder that the original Nokia 3310 warrants a price tag as high as Rs. 5,000 (considering its features) even today on eBay India!
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Ketan Pratap covers daily news and rumours at Gadgets 360. He attended IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication), majoring in English Journalism. Ketan is a … More
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