by Graham Pierrepoint
It’s been on the wish list of fans and appreciators of retro for quite some time – and now that it has finally arrived, at a US price tag of around $65, many would-be buyers are considering whether or not it is worth the time and money invested. But why is this the case? Retro, particularly when it comes to gadgetry and gaming (you only have to look at Nintendo here) has taken on something of a life of its own over the past few years, with thirtysomethings keen to capture the dated technology and entertainment of their youth by purchasing all their long-lost toys back again. But what is it that has made the ‘new’ Nokia 3310 somewhat less impressive than it may have been made out to be? As The Independent discusses, it’s down to a few factors – and it’s largely surrounding just how much the handset actually emulates the classic phone.
The new Nokia 3310 is, firstly, quite different looking to the classic device. Anyone expecting a genuine blast from the past may be a little disappointed when they see what the revival handset looks like – while it holds a retro charm in its design, it is not the same cute and clunky phone that millions fell in love with. While the device is thought to be just as immeasurably resilient as the original handset, the look just seems that little bit too polished.
Users must also consider just how useful the device actually is – with a 2MP camera (which, of course, the original handset lacked) and capability for SMS and traditional cellphone calls only, it rather throws in a modern aspect that may not be useful and takes away another that could be. On paper, many people may not find the 3310 that useful for everyday use – as a backup, it’s a possibility – but without web-based messaging, it’s likely much of today’s users will be lost.
Finally, one last thought – one of the defining features of the original handsets was the inclusion of Snake, a fantastically time-consuming game that defined a generation of button-pressers. While the new models have Snake installed, it is a brand new iteration – meaning the target market for the phone may again be disappointed. For $65, is the Nokia 3310 worth the wait? Possibly – but you would have to ask a hardcore fan of the brand and the original line to get a straight answer.