Phone users who have been around for a long time can remember the era of the legendary Nokia 3310. The phone was known for its simplicity, ruggedness, long-lasting battery life and the popular snake game. The phone was phased out due to recent advancement in the tech world, but its sterling capabilities are largely unrivalled till date. The good news is that the phone is back on the market and the Nokia 3310 price in South Africa is affordable.
The original phone sold a staggering 126 million units and its return has fuelled nostalgia among phone enthusiasts. If you’re looking to get a second phone for the purpose of being reachable, you’ve got a winner in the Nokia 3310. Let’s dive fully into the review to see why the Nokia 3310 is loved by many.
Nokia 3310 Price in South Africa
You can purchase a unit of the Nokia 3310 for between ZAR$741 and ZAR$926 in brick-and-mortar stores across the country. You can also make an order on the e-commerce stores to have it delivered right to your doorstep. However, be informed that prices may vary due to location, change in foreign exchange, time of purchase, discounts among several others.
Nokia 3310 (2017 Model) Specs
- Release date: February, 2017
- Network Technology: GSM / HSPA
- Body Dimension: 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm
- Display: 2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi)
- SIM: Single SIM (Micro-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Internal Memory: 16MB
- Processor: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
- Networks: 2G, & 3G (GSM, HSDPA)
- Camera: 2MP LED flash (main), No Selfie
- Battery: 1, 200 mAh Li-ion Battery (removable)
- Other interesting features: Flashlight
Nokia 3310 Review (2017 Model)
Design & Body
The new model was built to share a lot of similarities with the original Nokia 3310. However, in a bid to keep up with time changes in the world of tech, the new Nokia 3310 comes in a more attractive design and with curves that’s appealing to the eyes. Like the previous model, the Nokia 3310 retains the distinctive border between the screen and the layout of the number keys on the phone. Apparently, the manufacturers, HMD Global, paid a lot of attention to making the phone pocketable due to its body dimensions as well as its weight which is just 79.6g compared to the 137g of the original model.
The phone also retains its plastic design which many consider to be an outdated trend but it appears it’s a measure employed by the manufacturers to make the phone affordable. Nevertheless, you have no cause to worry as the Nokia 3310 won’t slip out of your hand because it’s comfortable to hold. The phone sports a camera on back as well as the name of the brand emblazoned on it. Although the body of the new phone may not be able to take a lot of hard knocks like the legendary original 3310, we expect it to be more sturdy than most of the phones released in 2017 and 2018.
In terms of colour, there are four variants of the new Nokia 3310 you can choose from which include: Warm Red (Glossy), Dark Blue (Matte), Yellow (Glossy) and Grey (Matte).
The display of the new Nokia 3310 is nothing like those on today’s smartphones as it retains the small screen size. Although HMD Global tried to keep in touch with the display of the old Nokia 3310 which was 1.5-inch big, the new phones feature a 2.4-inch display. Additionally, the new display is bright, full of colour display and has a pixels resolution of 240 x 320. The pixel resolution can be quite discouraging since most entry-level phones consider 720p HD displays to be the basic.
However, the display should be able to fulfil the basic tasks of calling and texting as there are no apps on the phone for you to use. Likewise, the phone cannot play videos or games which make its screen resolution acceptable since everything will be graphically basic. Worthy of note also is the fact the new Nokia 3310 is not a touchscreen, meaning you will have to interact with the phone using the number keys which are just below the screen.
Aside from its reputation of being sturdy and durable, one other reputation of the original Nokia 3310 was its long battery life. The good news for those looking for a phone with a long battery life is that the new model of the Nokia 3310 pays homage to its brother in that aspect. With a battery cell of 1,200mAh which is a whooping 900mAh improvement of the original, the new Nokia 3310 offers 22 hours talk time and 31 days of standby.
You can top up your phone battery with the micro USB cable that comes in the box or with any other micro USB cable around. Based on its outstanding battery life, the Nokia 3310 can easily pass for a second phone for those who want to constantly remain connected because of festivals, camping or even business purposes. One thing to always do is to manually lock the phone so the screen won’t drain the charge in a short while.
The original Nokia was released at a time when cameras were unpopular on phones but the manufacturer decided to include it in the reboot of the phone. But there are many questions to ask about the need for the camera since the phone sports a 2MP camera with LED flash on the back. The camera software also doesn’t have exceptional features except the simple point-and-shoot feature with digital zoom built in.
Since the megapixels of the phone are just 2MP, the picture quality will be modest and won’t be worth sharing on the social media. The camera also doesn’t not support video recording so you won’t be able to film your moments on the new Nokia 3310. Another drawback is the absence of selfie cameras, which means all you can do is make do with the rear camera which is basic at its best.
The new Nokia 3310 is a basic phone with very little features. It doesn’t have a processor like other smartphones. Neither is it powered by Android software or Windows 10 mobile. Instead, it’s running Nokia Series 30+, the company’s feature phone OS. However, it has an app store to download games and a phone browser that is very difficult to use because it uses 2.5G network.
Although there are Android-powered devices on the market, the new Nokia 3310 is taking advantage of the original model to warm its way into the hearts of people. A sturdy phone with battery life that can take you the whole day on calls or last up to 31 days is definitely priceless in this part of the world.
So, if you can have checked the Nokia 3310 price in South Africa and you can afford it, go ahead and get one for yourself.