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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The One Thing Nobody Has Told You About The New Nokia 3310




There’s no doubt the Nokia 3310 has been crazy-popular, the standout success of Mobile World Congress, with its brilliant lemon-yellow or tomato gloss finishes especially eye-catching.
New Nokia 3310

But there’s one little detail that hasn’t been mentioned in dispatches yet in the excited and extensive coverage of the handset. And, if anything, it will add to the phone’s worldwide appeal.
The Nokia 3310, in case you’ve missed the brouhaha, is a reboot of the classic feature phone
from 17 years ago, now with a color screen, revised version of Snake and a battery that lasts a month on standby. And it will sell for $52 (€49, £42).

Digital Detox
It could sell well to those keen on a quick bout of digital disconnect. Though – honestly? – will the sheen begin to fade when users realize that they have the limitations of older tech come back like ghosts: what do you mean, I have to type in all the contact numbers for my address book?
S30, the operating system of choice on the 3310 is not the app-capable system of Android or iOS, and however disconnected you fancy being, you may miss Facebook or Instagram after a while.
Nokia 3310, dismantled. Note the twin sim card slots. (Credit: David Phelan).
Nokia 3310, dismantled. Note the twin sim card slots. (Credit: David Phelan).

Anyway, that secret ingredient?
The handset comes in two versions: single and dual SIM. Nokia hasn’t made any noise about this, but it’s there on the company’s website if you search. It’s also the case for the new Android phones launched this week and I had it confirmed by Nokia today that it’s the case – though not every network may offer both versions.

Why a dual SIM?
A dual SIM is useful in several ways. If you’re on holiday abroad, you can install a local SIM card in one of the slots and your regular one in the other, so you can call or text on whichever sim is most suitable.
It’s also a great way of keeping work and personal phones separate but only having to carry one.
That the Nokia 3310 has a dual SIM version is a surprise extra given the affordability of the phone. The phone is full of them: many wouldn’t have predicted that the nostalgically appealing handset would have a microSD slot built in.
Close-up of the Nokia 3310's insides, showing twin sim slots and microSD slot just above right sim slot. (Credit: David Phelan).
Close-up of the Nokia 3310's insides, showing twin sim slots and microSD slot just above right sim slot. (Credit: David Phelan).
That’s because without fast internet connectivity, uploading images from the 2-megapixel camera could be less than convenient. The microSD card means your precious, low-res images can be easily transferred.
Just proof that Nokia’s commitment to its feature phones is more serious than a coat of paint and a new version of Snake.
Now, which handset should Nokia bring back to life next?
The new Nokia 3310 in luscious gloss yellow finish. (Credit: David Phelan).
The new Nokia 3310 in luscious gloss yellow finish. (Credit: David Phelan).



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