The Finnish company, Nokia made a grand comeback under the leadership of HMD Global in January 2016, with the Nokia 6 smartphone. The new Nokia smartphones have embraced Android and finally given up on the Symbian OS. But not for their feature phone the much acclaimed – Nokia 3310.
It was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Nokia 3310 is confirmed to go on sale in India on 18th May 2017 and is priced at Rs. 3310. Price and model number for the new Nokia are in sync. Nokia 3310 Price = 3310.
The iconic Nokia 3310, which the company has sold over 127 million units alone is back to rule the world. The original Nokia 3310 was launched 17 years back. The new Nokia 3310 features a similar design language of the old-age Nokia 3310, but there are some improvements this time around to make the device look modern.
And yeah, the phone comes with the Nokia’s trademark ‘Snake’ game pre-installed, to add some spice. Nokia has gone with a colorful Snake game this time.
There are several improvements at the hardware level as well. The new Nokia 3310 comes with a 2.4-inch screen with ergonomic push buttons. Also, the phone ships with Symbian 30+ OS and it now has a 2 MP camera at the rear along with support for LED flash.
Nokia promises that the device will be as durable as the 2000’s Nokia 3310 and delivers exceptional battery life of 22 hours talk time. All that is good … but ….
Will You Buy a Nokia 3310 (2017), a feature Phone in the Era of incredible smartphones ?
The Nokia 3310 is the most talked about mobile on internet. Would have made the newly launched LG G6 and Sony Xperia XZ premium jealous.
But there is a strong emotional connect with Nokia brand, like no other, and HMD has played the nostalgia card really well.
Ohh to my surprise even my non tech savvy friends are calling me to enquire about the Nokia 3310, and they want one in a hurry. Some of them are even willing to pay more.
The emotional connect is very strong and Facebook and twitter has just made it another phenomena like the Pokeymon Go. Everyone wants to try it , and they have their own reasons.
For me it can be a secondary phone as a trial or a detox from the overdose of staring at my super high resolution mobile screen. You may be having yours, and secretly planning to get the cute little basta*d.
But when it comes to really giving cash for buying something, we will have to think. Be smart, don’t be emotional.
All in all, it’s a feature phone, and you can’t ask for high end specifications from the same, but still lets try to answer : Will you buy a feature phone in this era of smartphone ?
I have already told you my plans above and may be I will get one for the heck of it, may be will just convince my self that it is for the review … but I am tempted and longing for it…
But not everything is good about it. Here are the shortcomings. Let me convince you, to not buy one.
Notably, one of the biggest letdown with the phone is lack of support for 3G and 4G networks. Jio seriously …. no you can’t use the JIO sim with the Nokia 3310. Period. JIO uses 4G VOLTE network even for voice communication while the Nokia 3310 comes with only 2G support.
That will be a different story if some how Mukesh Bhai convince Nokia to have 4G support for it’s 3310 Indian version. It won’t happen though.
Also, with this decision, the phone might not be usable in some other countries such as the US and Australia as they have already ditched the 2G network. This gives me a reason to buy actually.
Also, Nokia-owned by new company HMD needs to keep a check on the pricing as well. Recently, a Lava phone has been launched with support for VoLTE, which means that you can use a Reliance Jio 4G SIM Card to make voice calls and that phone is priced at Rs. 3333 in India.
And JIO is also planning to launch feature phones with 4G Volte support at half the price of your Nokia 3310.
I don’t think you would have changed your decision after reading the above short comings. I haven’t, even after writing them.
O’ common guys this is Nokia and it is cheap and cute … let’s get one.
On the serious note do share with me in comments below if you plan to buy one or not. Nokia has also launched the Nokia 6 which I have tested and reviewed recently.