Nokia 3310 Review

Introduction


The famed Nokia 3310 is back, and the hype around it is real. While some are eager to get their hands on this feature phone, others are skeptical that HMD will deliver on its promises of a better 3310.

We here at PhoneArena don't have the habit of reviewing feature phones, especially in such a low price range (between $60 and $70 in Europe), but for the successor of one of the most iconic devices in history, we had to make an exception. So, let's get straight into it.

What's in the box:

  • Nokia 3310
  • Micro USB wall charger
  • 3.5 mm headset
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty

Design



The Nokia 3310 is a cheap feature phone, that feels even cheaper. Its front and back plates are made of somewhat low-grade plastic that scratches at the slightest touch. No matter how careful you are with the phone, you will see permanent streaks appear on its body from day one. There isn't even a hint of glass or metal anywhere, which makes for a device that lets out cracking sounds every time you press anything, similar to a cheap plastic toy.

When it comes to the buttons, the numeric keypad is pretty comfortable and easy to use, but the navigation buttons are way too small for a grown adult's hands. This made for the extremely unpleasant feeling of the buttons digging into our fingertips every time we had to scroll through a menu.

Software


The new Nokia 3310 runs on a proprietary firmware known as Series 30+. Overall, the software seems to work okay, and it's pretty responsive. It features the Opera Mini browser, which is a staple for feature phones these days, and even a small app store of its own. It also supports standard Java applications, so if you happen to have a nostalgia-powered folder of .jar games lying around somewhere on your hard drive, now would be the time for one last go.


As for the most important piece of software on the new Nokia 3310 – Snake – we were somewhat disappointed by it. The endless slithering game has been transformed into something completely different, adding levels with goals, mazes, and whatnot. The Endless mode was supposed to be the classic Snake with new graphics, but the various power-ups and traps that were added by Gameloft make it feel like a completely different game (one we don't quite enjoy).

Hardware


To say that the Nokia 3310 is limited would be an understatement. The phone comes with a 2.4-inch 240 x 320 pixels screen, which is perfectly normal, but when it comes to the on-board memory, the device is severely lacking.

The 16 MB of storage are so insufficient that you can't even install a game from the app store without a microSD card in the device. It fills up once you take 6 or 7 photos with the 2 MP camera, or you shoot five seconds of video.

On the other hand, the call quality on the Nokia 3310 is pretty good for a phone in its range. We couldn't pick up anything inherently wrong with it, although it would be better if calls were a little louder.

What about the promised one month of battery life? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but that's just the standby time. If you happen to connect a Bluetooth headset to it, or you play some games, you will get 2 to 3 days out of the 1,200 mAh power pack, at most.

Conclusion



The Nokia 3310 is selling like hot cakes. However, there is nothing of its 17-year-old predecessor left in this device. The sales are completely due to marketing and nostalgia, in our opinion. If you want a solid feature phone, HMD Global has produced far better options in the same price range, such as the Nokia 230, for example, which retails in Europe for $75, give or take.

If you want a collector's item which could be worth a lot one day, though, do consider the 3310. Just don't open the box, ever.

Pros

  • Stable software
  • microSD slot

Cons

  • Cheap-feeling build
  • Extremely insufficient storage
  • Uncomfortable navigation buttons

PhoneArena Rating:

5.0

User Rating:

8.0
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37 Comments

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Cons.. Extremely insufficient storage????? Did anyone tell you this is a feature phone and its primary use for basic PHONE functions like making calls or sending SMS, and not for downloading movies or Marvel games??? ROFL!

3. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

Whats the use of havin camera and music player with tis ridiculous 16mb storage... r u kidding? 16mb! Its not even sufficient to store contacts and to receive sms. In jus day 2 u will start gettin ass infos lik insufficient space.. any phones deserves atleast 1gb of space to store contacts n sms

13. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

1 message is less than 0.5kb, with 1 mb you can have 2,000 messages, that space can store ten of thousands of messages and contacts,

17. skips

Posts: 479; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

microSD card slot let me repeat. m i c r o S D C A R D S L O T

19. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Relax man. He/she is a iFan. He don't know what is microSD card slot, cause Apple told them not to use it.

23. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I wonder how people used to keep contacts and sms on phones before large storage?

10. Frogger

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

They even didn't review the call quality and reception. This review is useless.

12. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

In the US, you can buy feature phones with LTE and wifi with good battery life for about the same price. Which would be much more useful than this nostalgic money grab.

27. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

"there is nothing of its 17-year-old predecessor left in this device" this reviewer is probably too young to remember anything about the original i doubt he's even touched one the original was also plastic and easily scratched although the replaceable cases on the original was probably on of the cooler features i had a car one aha, still though no glass or metal anywhere this isn't some $800 smartphone jesus christ the buttons make a sound when you press them ??? has this reviewer held a feature phone in he last decade and lastly "If you happen to connect a Bluetooth headset to it, or you play some games, you will get 2 to 3 days out of the 1,200 mAh power pack, at most." do you connect a bluetooth headset to every smartphone you review and see if it lasts an entire day give me a break also given this is phone is what is majority of people buying won't use as their main phones and as a backup so ofc it's about the stand by time another reviewer trying to be controversial or what not given how ridiculous majority of his criticisms are all in all lazy review stupid criticisms

4. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

If its not iPhone or Galaxy device the ratings will be bad. I think it's a good phone for the price.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So basically is a crap Chinese copycat.

14. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

HMD ain't Chinese

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The phone is crap, speaker is crap too as long as you stay in a quieter environment you are OK but as soon as you go to the street you are buried in an ambient noise sadly. 3310 is nothing more than a gimmick in my opinion sub par build quality but the battery life is great. If you're only for random calls and few messages it's OK otherwise a waste of money And hay PA what about photo quality? You could have at least throw in a few images

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The first part of my comment was about Nokia 150 it's cheaper device yet for the price is compromised. Sadly PA doesn't provide option to correct comments.

9. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Didn't really have any high hopes for this phone. A phone from days gone by. 16MB storage are you kidding me? This should have been a mid ranger in a classic old body, rugged and all.

18. skips

Posts: 479; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

26. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Ridiculous indeed to get a memory card for a feature phone with that tiny display and memory capacity.

11. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

That last line made me laugh.

15. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

"No matter how careful you are with the phone, you will see permanent streaks appear on its body from day one." That's an unforgivable flaw even for a budget phone.......won't be buying one for my elderly parents!

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

only 1 page? well, thats really lazy review... no call quality, no camera samples, no battery test, etc

24. ElgyVeeten

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2017

If you want to know how bad this phone is in details check VoloKin Project review on YouTube, sorry I can't post the link as I'm too new.

25. rbsoft

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

Does this mobile phone have not submitted the homologation application to the FCC? I was searching the FCC database and did not find it, and I see in the photograph where the label appears in the battery compartment that does not indicate the FCC ID of the phone.

28. Damian.M

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

We apologize for the lack of comment on the core functionality of this phone - the call quality. We have now edited the review, and you can find our thoughts on it in the Hardware section.

31. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Hey brat, which phone, and i mean any phone or smartphone, will last 2-3 days with connected bluetooth headset? You're total moron and i don't know how you still writing for this site. You're so lame and illiterate.

29. Pigaro

Posts: 84; Member since: May 15, 2016

This phone is a total mess, it's too expensive here in Ghana. With this amount I can get a phone with fingerprint, 13 megapixel camera, 16 to 32 GB of storage.

30. Soojin

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

i am getting mine :)

32. mrfone

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2017

Loads of phones have micro SD slots and they expect you to use them. So no difference here. The browser is ok for a feature phone. The way opera compresses the data makes it's 2G speed acceptable. By setting up the RSS feeds of your choice you can get all your favourite websites updates quickly. The Facebook and Twitter apps are ok. You can also access these services via the browser. Bluetooth to my headphones is good. If you compare this feature phone to other feature Phones I am sure it would be up with the best. No use comparing with a Smartphone as it clearly isn't. Mine has no scratches after a month but I always put the phone in a pocket with nothing else. I would do this with whatever phone I was using. For camping and work this phone is excellent.

33. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

i'll buy this for my back up phone....

34. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

i want this as my backup phone.

35. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

i really want this as my back up phone..

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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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