Would you buy the new Nokia 3310?



The rumors were true! A modern variant of the iconic Nokia 3310 was announced at MWC 2017 today, and should be released in select markets starting the second quarter of the year.

Like the original Nokia 3310 from 17 (!) years ago, the new model (which has the exact same name) is a feature phone with an alphanumeric keypad and an "incredibly durable" body. Moreover, the phone packs a removable 1200 mAh battery capable of providing up to 22 hours of talk time, or up to 31 days of stand-by time.

Unfortunately, it seems to us that the new 3310 doesn't quite have the charm of the original model - there's something a bit too quirky about its design. Furthermore, there's hardly anything modern about the rest of the phone's features, which include a 2.4-inch QVGA (240 x 320) screen, a 2 MP rear camera with LED flash, FM radio, MP3 player, 16 MB of storage space, and MicroSD card support. Another not-so-great detail is that the new Nokia 3310 does not have Wi-Fi or 3G, being a 2G-only device (and it might not work in the US at all, seeing as its international specs page doesn't list US-compatible 2G frequencies).

But enough with the criticism. The new Nokia 3310 will be sold for just $49 / €49, and that's a price that many may be willing to pay for a reliable back-up phone. But would you, our dear reader, pay $49 for this handset? Vote in our poll below!

Would you buy the new Nokia 3310?

Definitely!
42.24%
Nope
32.12%
Maybe, but just because I'm nostalgic like that
25.64%

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3310
  • Display 2.4" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.016 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(22.1h talk time)

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25 Comments

1. MomoSimon

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

Good to be a secondary phone. But design looks different from old 3310. Disappointed.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep! It will make a great backup phone! Especially with that insane battery life!

3. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

It's a fine novelty but it would probably just end up in a drawer within two weeks.

4. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It's a controversial refresh, that's for sure, like I said it's the PT Cruiser of phones, classic designs brought into a newer era. You either love it or hate it. Unfortunately it'll be a toy for me, because I do not travel abroad so the calling and texting is gonna be a no no. They should have put plain 3G compatible with T-Mobile.

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

PT Cruiser is ugly as hell... I find this phone rather... 'Gorgeous' to be precise... Don't compare it with that PT, please... This phone is more like the re-born Ducati Scrambler... Or perhaps BMW R9T or Honda's CB1100 Roadster based on The 70's CB750 aka The big four... This phone is what it is; A Modern Retro... Where The mid-90s meet mid-10s...! I quite like it... Oh well, eh? G'Day!

25. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I'm not really comparing it's looks but comparing the publics reception to it, the vehicle was specifically built as a callback to rounded-box chassis of 1930's personal transportation. This phone is an ambitiously newer take on a phone that was (and still is) loved for its reliability and practical ergonomics, stylistically speaking it's very similar to the 2007 Nokia 3500 Classic, but obviously combined with the 3310's unique profile.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not a chance. iPhone, Galaxy, LG, and BB are all I'd consider.

20. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You cannot compare the 3310 to the phones you mentioned! That is just lame!

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

1. Show me where I compared anything. 2. I clearly said "consider" 3. I can do what I want, lame or not. 4. Get lost.

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yup because of nostalgia and it just so happens I want a feature phone for my office lol

7. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Add $20 and get some xiaomi.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Looks like an alcatel from the 00's. I like it but it's too expensive. I got a Prepaid Huawei Y550 as a backup, it cost me AUD 50 and came with 50 dollars worth of credit which is almost like a free deal. Why would anyone pay that much for this. It should have cost 19.

9. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

when nokia is so broke, they have to resort to old phones to make money.

21. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia broke? Hahah think again, they make billions every year but i guess noobs like you don't know anything!

10. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I have no need for a backup phone, so no for me.

11. Winterfoxian

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

I can see some people are expecting a high end 3310, but i guess that lose the plot of "3310" it was made to be a durable, simple and user friendly phone, and the new style has succeed the idea. For myself, I am a maybe to the purchase as I don't need a simplified phone, but I might buy it for it is 3310 afterall :)....

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7206; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Asa backup dumb phone I would take a credit card sized one...

14. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I bought two of these, and both of them stopped charging after like a month. Just get a 3G dumbphone from TracFone like the LG 109C and 329G...

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 7206; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I would get a 2 years warranty so I wouldn't have a problem.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7206; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Thanks for the tip though.

13. Billajr

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Heck no

16. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... REGARDLESS OF ANY ODD, I MUST BUY THIS PHONE...

17. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

I'll get one for my home phone. Connect to wifi and use my Hangout dialer to place calls. Hopefully they have a docking for this ;)

18. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's an ugly phone. But it is just for the sake of nostalgia.

23. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

No, I wouldn't want it as a backup phone either.

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