Nokia 3310 Review: Who Wants a Feature Phone in 2017?
Does the Nokia 3310 feature phone warrant a must-buy tag in 2017? Read a review by The Quint.
Nokia announced its comeback with the 3310 feature phone, before showing the first set of Nokia Android phones. That spoke volume about how HMD Global (the brand responsible for re-birth of Nokia) sees the iconic feature phone.
The pre-smartphone era Nokia 3310 lets you talk, message, listen to music, and offer solidity as well. Most smartphone users these days crave for long battery life, and you get that as well.
Priced at Rs 3,310 (nicely done), the Nokia 3310 sells offline right now, but who needs this phone, and what do they get for the price?
- Smart candy-like design
- Sturdy built quality
- Multiple connectivity options
- Dual-SIM enabled
- Long battery life
- Expandable up to 32GB
- Not a primary phone option
I switched from a smartphone to the Nokia 3310, and after the initial struggle, I used it as my primary phone for a week. The first noticeable relief after the switch was the ease at which I could carry my phone.
It weighs nowhere close to 140 grams, which has become a standard with smartphones these days. I never thought that the keypad (especially since BlackBerry has moved to touch display) would make a comeback.
But with the Nokia 3310, you’re bound to feel the nostalgia of using a run-of-the-mill phone. It’s a lot lighter than the bulky 3310 of yesteryear, and the funky colours (that remind you of the Lumia series) give an extra punch.
The modern touches given to the original 3310 do make a positive impact while using. You don’t need to carry the ‘pin wala charger’ anymore, as HMD Global has provided you with the standard micro USB 2.0 on this one.
You can also add your music to the device (no more reliance on Radio) via expandable microSD slot. And yes, it’s got Bluetooth (pair with speakers and play), offers Dual-SIM support, and is capable of running internet (via 2G).
Compared to most smartphones, this feature phone will easily last you 4-5 days on single charge, which is still not a bad deal at all. Also, you can charge the Nokia 3310 with a powerbank as well (just in case you’re on the move).
Not for Everyone
The Nokia 3310 appeals to those who want a backup phone. If somehow HMD Global could have made a 4G-enabled feature phone, things would have been different.
For existing feature phone users, Nokia 3310 is not a logical move, they should upgrade to a smartphone. Even though you can buy the phone offline, but according to reports most mobile shops are selling the phone for as much as Rs 5,000, which is ridiculous to say the least and nobody should be buying the Nokia 3310 at that price.
Why Buy It?
HMD Global has hit marketing jackpot with the Nokia 3310. They’ve packaged nostalgia in funky colours with a Rs 3,310 price tag. And who isn’t sold on nostalgia?
Long battery life, solid build quality have been retained with minute additions like a colour display, 2MP rear camera, Bluetooth, storage expansion, dual SIM and offering microUSB slot for charging.
If you’re getting the phone for this price, and you’re looking for a solid secondary phone, then don’t think and just buy.
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