Sick of your expensive smartphone breaking down as soon as the warranty expires? Screens that crack after the gentlest drop? Repair bills that cost almost as much as the phone does? Then we’ve got a solution for you.
The Nokia 3310 — the iconic brick phone that earned legendary status for its indestructibility (below) — is re-launching this month, news that’s music to the ears of anyone who just wants a back-to-basics phone that’s able to cope with a few bumps and bruises.
The revamped 3G 3310 comes with a retro customisable user interface, an MP3 player for music, an online browser so you can access Facebook and Twitter, 27 hours of standby battery life, and it comes in two fetching colours — azure and charcoal (that’s blue and grey, if you’re the no-fuss sort of consumer the 3310 appeals to), both with a matte finish.
Oh, and how could we forget the most important feature of all: the reincarnation of Snake, a game so timelessly classic you’ll never feel like playing Candy Crush again.
This new Nokia is appealing to users who prefer a number pad to a fussy touchscreen, and who don’t want to worry about nursing their expensive smartphone through a 24-month contract without turning the merchandise into a $1000 pile of smashed glass and metal.
The original 3310’s ability to withstand any amount of punishment became an internet meme in an era of fragile smartphones, and this comeback version is built to last, too.
“Our reimagining of the Nokia 3310 has been a global and cultural phenomenon,” said Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global, the Finnish company behind the Nokia revival.
“In a world dominated by smartphones, the mix of nostalgia and a beautiful phone that just keeps going has captured people’s imagination. Our fans around the world have been asking for this iconic phone to support 3G. Fans asked, we listened, and today welcome the Nokia 3310 3G.”
The Nokia 3310 will hit shelves in Australia this month, retailing for $89.95 at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Vodafone and Optus.