Are you a 90s kid getting nostalgic for your teen years? Are you pining for the days when a cell phone was just for making calls, texts, and playing a couple of silly games? You’re not alone! Y2K is now retro-chic and companies are hopping on board. Nokia just re-released their classic 3310--but now in 3G! Let’s see what all the buzz is about!
An Old Classic...Now in Beautiful 3G!
This may come as a surprise, but feature phones never went away--they are still immensely popular in much of the developing world. But will they be able to win the West again? Nokia seems to think so. Earlier this year they reissued their classic 3310 model, which was first released in 2000 and one of the most popular cellphones of all time. However, as the resurrected version of this phone used 2G exclusively, it was inoperable in the US and other countries that have upgraded their wireless mobile telecommunications technology. However, Nokia is slated to release a 3G version on October 29 that should be operable in the US.
Specs to Expect
The new Nokia 3310 3G is basically the same as the 2G version that came out earlier this year (which only had minor improvements over the original model), but it obviously operates on the faster 3G network. The phone comes in four colors: azure, charcoal, warm red, and yellow. The 3310 3G’s official retailer will be Best Buy, where it is listed at $59.99. GSM networks, such as T-Mobile and AT&T, will be able to carry the phone, but CDMA networks, such as Sprint and Verizon, will not.
Nostalgics and Luddites, Rejoice!
Why are people so excited for this phone? There is certainly the nostalgia factor. The 3310 was also much loved for its durability (a common joke back in the day was that it was indestructible). There’s also Snake, a game from the days when cellphone entertainment was far more simple than now (Snake is included in the 2017 models of the 3310). But there are also those who wish to disconnect. It’s difficult to live life without a smartphone in 2017, but it’s far more difficult to live without a cellphone at all. The return of the 3310 gives consumers another choice, and some find this option intriguing. There is beauty in simplicity.
...Everybody Else, Stick to Your Smartphone
If it’s not already clear, the 3310 is not for everybody. It’s best suited for users that only want to talk and text. The 3G version is faster than its 2G counterpart, but your average smartphone will still look like The Flash in comparison. One of the downsides of being upgraded to 3G is that the battery life is actually significantly less than previous models (from 22 hours of talk time on the 2G to 6.5 hours on the 3G). The camera only has 2 megapixels-- compare that to the 12 megapixel iPhone 8 (in other words, if you’re a shutterbug, this phone is not for you). While the 3310 has bluetooth, it is only compatible with bluetooth 2.1, which is pretty obsolete.
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