Nokia 3310: What’s changed?

Seventeen years ago, an iconic handset was launched. Now 17 years later a new version was released. So we compared the two and listed down what’s changed. Is newer always the better?


1. Design


The compact design of the original Nokia 3310 back in 2000 was impressive. With its 113 x 48 x 22mm dimension, it could take a beating and still run in good condition. The indestructible 3310 then had an easily replaceable casing, could be used in one hand, and with a 133g weight, it provided assurance and presence in your pocket.

The new Nokia 3310 had gone on a diet and shed some of its thickness. It is more compact and lightweight at 76.9g with dimensions 115.6 x 51 x 128.6mm. Replacing the front cover, however, is not easy and is not an option. It is easy to handle but doesn’t give out stand out in your pocket, unlike the original version.


2. Battery


The battery life of the old 3310 was no joke. Its power pack was 900mAh and could cater 2.5 hours of talk time and 11 days standby, but the new one seems even better. The power pack is upgraded to 1200mAh that can bear 22 hours of talk time and almost a month of standby (theoretically). It is still up for confirmation but the cited stats are simply amazing.


3. Display


In today’s world, the original Nokia 3310’s 84x 48 resolution and the monochrome display would be pitiful but it did live up to its purpose. It was readable in direct sunlight and consumed very little power.

The new 3310 is upgraded with a 2.4-inch full-color display and a 240 x 320 resolution. The display is a far gap from smartphones now but it’s still power efficient although its readability under the sunlight is yet to be confirmed.


4. Price


The original 3310 was launched at $160 while the new one is only around $40. That’s a big difference!


5. Camera


Back in the old days, phones had no camera and neither did the old Nokia 3310. The new 3310 has a camera but it doesn’t reach the pixel level of contemporary smartphones. It features a 2MP camera with digital zoom and a LED flash. That’s all.

But at least it has a camera.


6. Connectivity


All you got in the original 3310 is basic cellular connectivity. No Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB port or micro SD, but then again, things were simpler back in 2000. The new Nokia 3310 added a few of these features back but is missing the Wi-Fi and GPS and can only reach 2.5G, just enough for you to search why it’s not up to par on Google.


7. Games


The addictive game of Snake is what got everybody hooked with the original Nokia 3310. The new Nokia 3310 has an upgraded version of the game called Snake Xenzia. It is now in full color, features a life-like snake, and you can now choose from a wide selection of levels with simpler controls.

Plus it also features a few other games.


8. Ringtone


Nokia’s iconic ringtone is recognizable whenever and wherever. The original has a classic monographic jingle while the new one is fancier with a polyphonic variant.


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