Nokia 3310 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Nokia 3310 was a rather simple device and its plastic panels could be replaced easily if cracked or damaged. Repairing the Samsung Galaxy S4, however, will require time, skill, and most importantly, lots of money.
The Nokia 3310 was built to last, and besides, there wasn't a whole lot on it that could break. The Samsung Galaxy S4, however, might suffer some serious damage only after a couple of drops, and that 5-inch screen is vulnerable to scratching and cracking.
3. Longer-lasting battery
If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S4, chances are that you'll be recharging its battery on a daily basis, or at least every other day, depending on how much you use it. The Nokia 3310, however, could last for days without needing a recharge. That was, of course, due to the fact that one couldn't really do a whole lot on it so it just stood on stand-by 95% of the time, but hey, when you needed to make a call, the humble 3310 was always ready.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 costs about $630 when bought without carrier subsidy. That's quite more than what the Nokia 3310 was priced at launch even after you throw inflation into the equation. Today, a second-hand unit can probably be bought on eBay for about $20.
5. Usability outdoors
The Super AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is amazing, but it doesn't look as good if the sun is shining straight at it. The Nokia 3310, however, with its monochrome LCD display, could be used just fine under the sun's scorching rays.
6. Ringtone loudness
Okay, we do admit that the loudspeaker on the Galaxy S4 is loud enough so you can easily hear it when it is ringing. However, the monophonic ringtones on the Nokia 3310, composed of simple square audio waves, could be heard from a further distance.
7. Ringtone composer
The Nokia 3310 had a built-in tool allowing one to compose their own ringtone. Up to five of these could be saved onto the device. The Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn't have that, but at least it lets you set a song stored onto the device as a ringtone.
8. Pre-installed games
The Nokia 3310 came with four games out of the box: Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi, and the hugely popular Snake II. The Samsung Galaxy S4 may support tons of awesome games, yet not a single one comes pre-loaded.
9. Faster emergency calls
To dial 911, 112, or any local emergency number, one could just start typing straight from the lock screen. In other words, it took four presses of a button to call for emergency. On the Galaxy S4 you have to unlock the lock screen, open the phone app, open the dialer, and then type the emergency number you want to dial. Sure, it takes just 10 more seconds or so, but these 10 seconds may make a difference in extreme cases.