If you do not know about the legendary Nokia 3310, check your birthday. 17 years ago, there was a phone called the Nokia 3310. It was a darling of many around the world especially for its build quality and long battery life. At the time that is all everyone needed to just make calls, text, play snake and have a battery that lasted days.
Fast forward, many things have changed. We still have and use feature phones but many of them are dual SIM, with colored displays and internet connectivity mainly for a dumbed down version of social media. Also the today’s feature phones cost less than 1/4 of what the 3310 used to cost.
After changing hands quite a lot, the company now making Nokia phones is HMD Global, a private equity-backed firm created explicitly to make new Nokia phones. They have started with the debut of the new Nokia 3310 and a series of smartphones called the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 which are something to look at.
What is new with the 3310?
There isnt much that is new about the 3310 rather than adapting to make it relevant to a market 17 years later. They have added a Camera, a Radio, MP3 player and a slightly bigger display, a bigger battery that they claim lasts a month, dual SIM option and a new OS. So the biggest thing here is probably the nostalgia of holding a 3310 again.
Current feature phones have the same specs and we don’t see what will make the 3310 unique except that it was or still is the much beloved most sold feature phone ever with 125 million pieces sold. One of the things that will keep the 3310 in the lead is experience. So we hope HMD has done its homework to make sure that the user experience on the 3310 will keep it as one of the most loved devices in history.
Nokia 3310 specs
Networks: GSM 900/1800 MHz 2G
Operating System: Nokia Series 30+
Colors: Warm Red (Glossy), Dark Blue (Matte), Yellow (Glossy), Grey (Matte)
Display: 2.4” QVGA
Camera: 2MP with LED flash
Size: 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm
Storage: 16 MB with MicroSD card slot Support for up to 32 GB.
Battery: Removable 1200 mAh with up to 25.3 days standby time
Connectivity: Micro USB (USB 2.0), Bluetooth 3.0
Entertainment: FM radio, MP3 player, Snake Game
Nokia 3310 price and where to buy in Uganda
The Nokia 3310 is going for 50 Euros (about Ugx 190,000) But since these are global average estimated retail prices, local prices will vary depending on duties, taxes and currency exchange rates. We have talked to Nokia Uganda and they are unable to comment on price but confirm that it will be an affordable handset for the everyone. From our research and experience we believe that the device will go for between Ugx 200,000 – 250,000.
Nokia in Uganda has its store at Kampala road and will also be retailing with most of its vendor partners like Simba Telecom who have stores around the country.