Remember that small Nokia phone that was almost everybody’s first phone, probably including Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote? Today, nobody even thinks about it, except in memes on Instagram, through which we nurse nostalgic ‘never-gonna-happen-again’ feeling.
Well, Nokia 3310 is back! As in the phone was re-launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week.
You would think that was weird, but hear them out first.
The Nokia 3310 has long been considered one of the world’s greatest phones, according to Forbes.
The re-launched Nokia device, which is produced by new mobile firm, HMD Global of the Nokia brand, is expected to cost €50 when it hits stores later this year, way cheaper than most smartphones.
The new and improved handset now sports a colour screen, rather than the old monochrome display.
Despite being in competition with modern-day smartphones, the Nokia 3310 has pleasantly shied away from conformity, to creating its own taste and feel.
“This is what consumers have been asking us for, and so we decided that we’d just do it and have some fun with it, said Florian Seiche, president of HMD, “that’s the unique opportunity we have here at HMD with the Nokia brand.”
The phone has a slightly bigger screen than the old version and comes in different colours. It also has a 2 megapixel camera on the back, which the original did not. It does have a removable back cover and battery, and runs an updated version of the original’s S30 software.
Navigating to and from the main menu and back again is made simple with the 3310’s physical keys. A directional pad is joined by Back and Call buttons.
Impressionably, the 3310 has 2.5G internet, so you can surf the web with the Opera Mini browser and do a little bit of Facebook and Twitter if you have to, but don’t expect a fluid iPhone-esque experience. And it also has good old SMS messaging and a phonebook, obviously.
HMD promises that the new Nokia 3310 will be as durable as the old one, often seen as practically indestructible by the teens of the 2000s. The new 3310 is about half the thickness of the original and has 10 times the talk time, with 22 hours, and twice the standby time: one month – a duration almost unheard-of in 2017.
It’s charged via microUSB, so there’s no need to carry the pin Nokia charger of old, and there’s even a headphones socket in the bottom.
Wood said: “There is a segment of the population that just wants a basic phone. From the stereotype of builder that just wants to call and text and if it gets broken it doesn’t matter, to the festival phone and the backup phone.”
And the part that got us most excited was the snake game feature that was maintained in our favourite 2000s phone. Although it has been upgraded and made more complicated, at least it is there.
Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Photo credit: Forbes and The Guardian online.
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