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Nokia 3310: Old Vs. New-How Nokia Renovate The Beast

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The new Nokia 3310 price is really low. It will go on sale globally somewhat between April and June for €49 (around $40, Rs. 3441).

In compare to new nokia 3310, the original phone was launched at £129.99 (around $160, Rs. 10,653).



What makes a good screen? Is it the size, the resolution, the colors, the viewability in bright light, the pixel density? It’s somewhat of a mixed bag on both the old and the new Nokia 3310.

The original phone packs a monochrome display with an 84 x 48 resolution that’s very low-resolution in today’s world.

It consumes very little power and was still perfectly readable even in direct sunlight.

Things have been stepped up a notch on the new Nokia 3310, with a 2.4-inch full color display beautify the front of the phone.

A 240 x 320 resolution gives a more detailed look to the interface, but it’s still nowhere near as good as the displays you get on even entry-level Android smartphones.

It’s still power-efficient however, and while Nokia claims a polarizing layer will help with viewability in bright light we’re not convinced it’ll be as good as the original 3310.


The original Nokia 3310 is fondly remembered for its days of battery life. The handset featured a 900mAh power pack which could give up to 2.5 hours of talktime and up to 11 days of standby, making it a bit of a road warrior.

Things get even better with the new Nokia 3310 though, with a larger 1,200mAh battery giving you 22 hours of talktime and up to a whopping 31 days of standby i.e. a full month without neesd to recharge the phone.



The design of the original Nokia 3310 is iconic. Back in 2000 its 113 x 48 x 22mm dimensions were viewed as impressively compact, coming off the back of the taller 3210, and more importantly it could take one hell of a beating.

Dubbed by many as ‘indestructible’, the 3310 put solid build quality front and center, with a noticeable thickness and removable fascias, which meant that if you did manage to crack the casing it was cheap and easy to replace.

The 133g weight provided a reassurance presence in the hand, without being overbearing, and you could easily use the phone one-handed.

Nokia has put the new 3310 on a diet – it tips the scales at 76.9g and measures 115.6 x 51 x 12.8mm, making it a lot more compact and lightweight than its predecessor.

While this makes it supremely easily to handle, and almost undetectable in a pocket, it doesn’t feel as solid. You also can’t remove the front cover, only the rear, so swapping out the current fascia for a new one is out of the question.

nokia 3310 interface old vs new



Pick up an original Nokia 3310, hit the menu button and use the arrows keys on the right and you’ll scroll through a familiar list of options.

It’s simple yet effective, giving you access to call logs, contacts, messages, games, calculator, settings and… not a lot else.

The menu on the new Nokia 3310 isn’t exactly feature-packed, but it has a number of additional options over its predecessor.

There’s a calendar, basic web browser, a simple app store and a camera application to name a few. It runs the Nokia Series 30+ operating system, which is navigated via the directional key below the screen. It’s all very intuitive.


This is a quick section. The old Nokia 3310 doesn’t have a camera. Why? Because it was around before cameras were being put into phones.

The new Nokia 3310 does have a camera – but don’t get too excited. The rear-mounted 2MP snapper features a digital zoom and single LED flash – but that’s your lot. For the odd snap it’s fine, but it’s not going to be your main camera.


When it comes to connectivity the old Nokia 3310 is very limited. There’s no Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD slot, USB port or NFC. All you get is basic cellular connectivity. It was a simpler time back in 2000.

While the new Nokia 3310 adds a few extras – namely Bluetooth, a microSD slot and a microUSB port – it still misses options such as Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC.

You get a slightly better cellular connection – 2.5G to be exact – but that’s only enough to give you a very basic web experience.


We’d have liked to have seen the design follow the original a little more closely, but the addition of the new features, improved battery life and color display means the new Nokia 3310 is a worthy winner.