T3 FOCUS: THE NOKIA 3310 IS BACK
PARTY LIKE IT’S 2000 ALL OVER AGAIN WITH THE RETURN OF A GENUINE CLASSIC
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.