The 3310 looks set to be a huge success
Nokia’s surprise comeback has been the biggest tech news of the year so far.
Along with a number of new smartphones the company also unveiled a refreshed version of its popular Nokia 3310 feature phone.
This basic device has already seen record numbers of people pre-registering, with Carphone Warehouse saying there had been “an astonishing groundswell of interest in the Nokia 3310.”
So, why is there so much excitement over a phone that can’t even access WhatsApp?
Express.co.uk has spoken to a number of flagship smartphone owners who simply say they’ve had enough of high prices, dire battery life and endless notifications.
In fact, one owner of a £600 Galaxy S7 Edge told us he was seriously considering ditching the flagship phone for something far more basic.
So, with that in mind, here’s five reasons why we think the Nokia 3310 could be the phone to beat in 2017.
New Nokia 3310 release date is HERE – Your first look at redesigned feature phone Sun, February 26, 2017
NOKIA has unveiled its refreshed Nokia 3310 mobile phone on-stage during its press conference at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, in Barcelona. And yes, the specs reveal that the new Nokia 3310 might just be as good as you remember from the first time round.
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Nokia has relaunched the Nokia 3310 with a new look – but the same battery life
1. BATTERY LIFE
It may be basic but the Nokia 3310 has one huge advantage over its flagship smartphone rivals.
Nokia is boasting an incredible month-long battery life on a single charge – most modern devices can barely last a day.
Battery life has been a major problem for smartphone manufacturers and it appears that things won't improve anytime soon.
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Samsung’s recent trouble with its Note 7 smartphone has also shown what happens when you push the boundaries of battery technology.
The thought of having a device in your pocket that only needs a refill once a month will make the Nokia 3310 hugely appealing especially when the festival season gets underway in the summer.
Many smartphone fans are getting fed up with apps
2. NO MORE IRRITATATING APPS
The Nokia 3310 isn’t compatible with many apps including Facebook and WhatsApp.
For some, this will be a major drawback but there appears to be many people who are simply fed up with constant alerts from social media.
With the Nokia 3310 not allowing a huge swathe of applications to be installed, it might actually give many people the excuse to final ditch their nightly fix of Facebook and Instagram.
3. END OF SKY-HIGH BILLS
Owning a flagship smartphone isn’t cheap with most costing in excess of £600.
Even on a monthly deal, owners of the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy devices will see around £40 being removed from their bank accounts.
Although there’s no official UK price for the Nokia 3310 it’s thought it will arrive for a one-off payment of £50.
Not only does this save a huge amount on monthly bills but there’s less worry if you lose or break it.
In fact, at that price, you could buy 10 Nokia 3310s and still have over £100 left compared with taking delivery of a flagship device.
4. POCKET-FRIENDLY DESIGN
There’s been a growing trend with smartphones getting bigger and bigger.
Phablets have become hugely popular in recent years but their size does cause a problem as many users find it a struggle to carry them in their jeans.
The Nokia’s super-small size won’t be for everyone but going small could make this device appealing for people who simply don’t want to lug around a giant smartphone.
Going retro could make the 3310 hugely popular
5. GOING OLD SCHOOL IS COOL
When the Nokia 3310 finally goes on sale there’s going to be a huge amount of people who want it simply because retro is cool.
Pulling the 3310 from your pocket will be packed with nostalgia and could be one its biggest selling points.
The yearly Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona saw numerous companies launch stunning flagship phones but the fuss around the 3310 eclipsed everything else that was unveiled.
Many gadget fans appear to be suffering from smartphone fatigue and the 3310 looks certain to bring a breath of fresh air to this oversaturated market.