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newgersy/ Nokia 3310 (2017) survey: Nostalgia includes some major disadvantages

newgersy/ Nokia 3310 (2017) survey: Nostalgia includes some major disadvantages 



Nokia has been through the wringer and risen as a changed organization. It now possesses the games wellness mark Withings, is dynamic in creating Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and interchanges innovations, and - by means of  HMD Global  - has its name back on cell phones. 

Declared at Mobile World Congress in February, the  Nokia 3310 beholds back to the first 3310, which propelled in 2000. Nokia trusts its new interpretation of what was a firm most loved at the turn of the thousand years will bait the individuals who need a basic however vigorous telephone with excellent battery life. 

Some portion of me needs to compose this survey with my wistfulness cap on (and that cap will see the light of day), however the rest needs to put this "retro" telephone into today's market. Does it work all around ok to be a win at the £50 cost? 

The new Nokia 3310 isn't a blocky simulacrum of the first. Rather it's more bended, substantially more slender and has an impressively bigger screen. The screen is additionally shading, though the first's was monochrome. 

The little D-cushion underneath the screen, alongside the extensive Call and End catches, provide food for development around symbols and menus - the screen might be shading, yet it's not touch touchy. A touchscreen fan may discover this a bother, albeit numerous landline telephones utilize similar traditions - as do many 'element telephones' in the portable market. 

Content passage is by means of the number cushion in great T9 mold, including various key presses to burn through numbers and letters or different characters. I thought that it was astonishing how my T9 information returned flooding as I made my initial couple of messages. 

The Nokia 3310 is accessible in four hues. Mine was a somewhat calm dim blue, however there are additionally red, yellow and dark variations. The fabricate is extremely strong and the front and back look as if they ought to be very scratch safe. My matte-complete handset was additionally pleasantly grippy. 

The handset lumps to a most extreme 51mm at its waist, making it limit enough to fit cozily into a little palm, for example, mine, and it's sufficiently short at 115.6mm not to jab out of the highest point of my most loved coat take. At 12.8mm it's thick contrasted with today's

The 3310's tight-fitting backplate pops off to reveal a battery that needs to be removed to access the Micro-SIM and MicroSD slots, which are stacked one on top of the other.
The screen may be larger than that of the 2000 version of this handset, but it isn't anything to write home about. It measures 2.4 inches across the diagonal or (by my measurements) 3.6mm wide and 4.9mm tall. It has a QVGA resolution of just 240 by 320 pixels.
Can you see individual pixels? Yes. But frankly that doesn't matter, because this isn't a handset on which you'll be watching catch-up TV, reading a novel or browsing websites -- unless you really have to.
There's no wi-fi and no GPS, and communications are limited to 2G on the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. You do get Bluetooth 3.0 though.
Don't be fooled by the Series 30+ name that's given to the operating system. This is not related to Nokia's entry-level Series 30 OS from the old days. Instead, Series 30+ is the MediaTek-developed platform that was used by Microsoft Mobile when it took over Nokia. The OS is now in the hands of HMD Global, the Finnish handset maker responsible for the 3310 and other Nokia-branded handsets.
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The 2017 Nokia 3310 has a 2.4-inch non-touch colour screen. D-pad navigation and predictive text entry are the order of the day here.
For the technically minded it's worth noting that Series 30+ does not run J2ME applications like the old Series 30 did. Instead, where handsets support it, Series 30+ runs apps in the MAUI Runtime Environment. The Nokia 3310 is pre-populated with a range of stock apps, and has a store.
The general layout of the user interface and the stable of built-in apps will be familiar to anyone who can remember using old Nokia feature phones, or later Microsoft Mobile variants.
A grid offers icons that take you to apps like messaging, music player, weather, an FM radio, videos, notes, calendar, calculator, alarm clock, file manager, camera and voice recorder.
An Extras menu hides a countdown timer, a stopwatch, a torch toggle for the camera LED and a unit converter. Web browsing is via Opera Mini, but good luck with that on 2G: I ground my teeth just like I remember doing years ago...
There's also a game called Snake, but it's not the same as Nokia's original Snake.
I mentioned a camera. This shoots at 2 megapixels and isn't much use for anything beyond on-handset images. With just 1.4MB of the 16MB of internal storage available, it's probably a good thing that you won't want to take too many photos.
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Snake, but not as you remember it.
The overall performance of the Nokia 3310, in the short time I had it, was fine -- with the exception of that teeth-grindingly slow browsing. I made calls and sent texts, I listened to music played from a MicroSD card and used the FM radio -- which needs an attached headset to form the antenna.
The provided headset is lacklustre, but plugging in a better one didn't noticeably improve sound quality either. Audio was OK, but not great, through the single rather tinny speaker. Irritatingly some surfaces damped the sound from the speaker considerably. To console myself I played Snake, and fiddled with the selection of brash and plinky ringtones.
Battery life is superb. The 1,200mAh battery, which is charged via Micro-USB, is rated as good for up to 22 hours of talk, 31 days on standby, 51 hours of MP3 playback and 39 hours of radio. I didn't have the handset to test for very long, but I never came close to running low on power, and could go for days on end without even thinking about recharging.

Conclusions

The Nokia 3310 does the basics well enough, by which I mean making calls, sending texts, listening to some (mediocre quality) music and playing the odd game. Its excellent battery life is a major plus point.
But there is an elephant in the room, and that's the price: £50 is just too expensive -- even £30 would be too expensive. The Nokia 3310 really needs wi-fi and better than 2G dual-band connectivity. To take a handset at random for comparison: the Nokia 215, released in 2015, has quite similar specifications and is available right now for £15.

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