T3 FO­CUS: THE NOKIA 3310 IS BACK

PARTY LIKE IT’S 2000 ALL OVER AGAIN WITH THE RE­TURN OF A GEN­UINE CLAS­SIC

Australian T3 - - ELITE -

They’ve done what now?

It’s re­ally real. In 2017, you’ll be able to buy a Nokia 3310. Well, kind of. The com­pany that’s mak­ing it isn’t re­ally Nokia, but a com­pany named HMD Global that bought the Nokia name. And the 3310 it­self is a new de­sign that looks a bunch like the orig­i­nal (with­out Xpress-On cov­ers, though, crim­i­nally).

So it’s a mod­ern phone?

Eh, not so much. It’s not touch­screen, a 2-megapixel cam­era and has 2.5G con­nec­tiv­ity, so it’s tech­ni­cally dead in Aus­tralia. There’s no proper apps, or sup­port for ser­vices such as What­sapp and Face­book Mes­sen­ger – th­ese are pretty much as im­por­tant as reg­u­lar tex­ting th­ese days, so we wish some kind of op­tion to use them had been in­cluded. But it does have a larger colour screen than the orig­i­nal, an FM ra­dio tuner, a mi­croSD card slot (up to 32GB) to store mu­sic, and it takes ad­van­tage of its sim­pler tech by of­fer­ing a month(!) of bat­tery life. It’s yours for €49 ($70.40) the next time you walk through duty-free, and avail­able in red, yel­low, grey or black.

Should I get one?

If you’re feel­ing it, and want a low-tech back-up phone for when you go trav­el­ling. Plus, it’s just fun for a nos­tal­gia hit. Oh, and it comes with a new ver­sion of Snake, where you can move di­ag­o­nally… What a fu­tur­is­tic world we now in­habit.

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