6 things we remember about the Nokia 3310

by | Feb 15, 2017

Nokia was once the leading phone producing brand in the world. The emergence of smartphones like the iPhone came and gave the brand a run for its money. Nokia struggled to bring its brand into the smartphone era and ended up being acquired by Microsoft in 2014.

In 2016, Microsoft sold the Nokia brand to HMD Global, a Finnish manufacturing company which acquired the license to sell Nokia-branded phones and tablets. The company revealed at the time that it would invest $500 million over the next three years to return Nokia’s lost glory.

Return of the Nokia 3310

In November 2016, HMD revealed that the first Nokia Android phone, the Nokia 6 would be launched in China in 2017. HMD is holding a launch event on February 26 where it would launch three new models the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3.

But even more exciting than the introduction of these new Nokia phones is promise of an upgraded version of the classic Nokia 3310. This is coming 17 years after the first models of the Nokia 3310 were launched.

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The Nokia 3310, which is one of the world’s best-selling phones of all time, sold more than 126 million units before it was discontinued in 2005.

In anticipation of its imminent comeback, here are a few things we remember about the Nokia 3310.

The battery life was everything

Battery capacity is one of the most important features people look out for before getting a phone. Especially in this part of the world where the power supply is not constant. The Nokia 3310 was known for its long lasting battery life that could go on for days, weeks even.

We don’t know the features the upgraded version of the phone would have but we sure do hope it would not lose this awesomeness.

It was super durable

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The Nokia 3310 has always been known as the “indestructible phone”. People have abused this over the years as videos of people attempting to destroy the phone (and some succeeding) are all over the internet. Ultimately, the Nokia 3310 is the most durable phone ever made. It can survive multiple falls even from heights and still function. How cool is that?

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Snake II that got everyone hooked, well almost everyone

Most people who used the Nokia 3310 have attested to the fact that Snake II was addictive. In my opinion, the reason people were so hooked on the game was for lack of other fun things to do on the phone, unlike these days that phones come with more fun features.

They were really heavy

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The progression of cell phones over the years has resulted in the super slim smartphones we have now. In the days of the Nokia 3310, phones were really heavy.The Nokia phone actually feels as heavy as it looks. I remember the “call me back, my arm hurts” joke back then.

We could compose our own ringtones

I remember the satisfaction of being able to compose tunes on the Nokia 3310. Before the days of downloading Wizkid’s tracks on our phones, we were able to jam to our own composed songs thanks to Nokia.

It was easy to use

The design of the Nokia 3310 was so simple that you could navigate through the whole phone with your eyes closed. Nice huh?

The idea of a Nokia 3310 comeback is good news for all the fans of phone out there, especially because it comes with an upgrade.

Imagine a Nokia 3310 with a decent camera picture quality and apps like WhatsApp, I know I would not mind one. If you kept your old Nokia 3310, you might want to consider trading it in for the newer and better model.

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