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This $12 clone of the Nokia 3310 looks almost convincing until you realize the terribleness of it

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This $12 clone of the Nokia 3310 looks almost convincing until you realize the terribleness of it

Smartphone clone artists never cease to amaze us. They can build a visually convincing replica of almost any upcoming phone just by looking at some blurry images. They can also re-build a $50 phone, the Nokia 3310, and sell it for $12. That's what, two movie tickets? One expensive movie ticket? You get the point – it's mighty cheap.

Such is the case with Indian manufacturer Darago, whose Nokia 3310 cover version almost looks like the real thing... until you put it by the original side and have a gander at the awful, awful display. Whereas the new Nokia 3310 has this cute 2.4-inch display that looks remarkably sharp for what it is, the knock-off gets a 1.77-inch screen that's straight out of 2007 or so. The rear camera is a 0.3MP shooter and the phone makes do with a single megabyte of RAM. The actual Nokia 3310 is a superphone with its 2MP rear camera and 16MB of RAM compared to this.

On the upside, $12 isn't much to pay for a new and working phone

Thankfully, the knock-off Nokia 3310 is emblazoned with Darago's logo, so it can be easily distinguished from the original and you won't fall for potential scams. While the truth is that even a super-modest phone like the Durago 3310 will do the job as a secondary phone, the Nokia 3310 is very likely to be much more pleasant to operate, and reliable.

As always, be careful how much and where you spend it. If a single Indian manufacturer can push a N3310 knock-off, the online market will be flooded with clones of various quality in no time. If you are after this feature phone, we advise doing some extra effort to ensure you're buying genuine.


source: PhoneRadar

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posted on 20 May 2017, 15:17 1

1. Phonehex (Posts: 308; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

Super slow news day I guess....

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:27

2. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 406; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

Wonder if it has decent call quality.

Friend of mine bought a Samsung S4 a few years ago, me and another friend realized immediately it was a cheap clone, but it had Samsung's branding on it. Just terrible internals, horrible screen, etc.

posted on 20 May 2017, 17:58

3. Remmy (Posts: 146; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Our market is also flooded with 3310 clones, some sell two versions, one with the 2.4 inch screen and one with the 'junior' model with 1.77' screen running on generic China dumbphone OS. One time a Chinese national was nabbed at the airport for bringing in dozens of 3310s.

posted on 20 May 2017, 18:31

4. Settings (Posts: 2305; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Imitation is a great sign of flattery but it's bad nonetheless.

posted on 20 May 2017, 18:53

5. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

there are some 3310 clones in alibaba...
with same screen size, dual-sim, and no logo

there are red warning text when I write this comment
'Your post contains the following banned words: "baba" '
why this site ban that word? :-/

posted on 21 May 2017, 07:11

6. MacWiNux (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

i remember asking this
me: is this original or clone
seller: korean variant
me: wait, what?! ^_^

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