The Nokia 3310 is a GSM mobile phone announced on September 1, 2000, and released in the fourth quarter of the year, replacing the popular Nokia 3210. It sold very well, being one of the most successful phones with 126 million units sold worldwide. The phone is still widely acclaimed and has gained a cult status due to its durability. It is one of Nokia's most iconic devices.
|Series||Nokia 3000 series|
|Compatible networks||GSM (3310, 3315, 3360, 3390, and 3395)
TDMA (3320 and 3360)
|Units sold||126 million|
Nokia 3310 (2017)
|Related||List of Nokia products|
|Form factor||Bar, candybar|
|Dimensions||113 mm × 48 mm × 22 mm (4.45 in × 1.89 in × 0.87 in)|
|Weight||133 g (4.7 oz)|
|CPU||MAD2WD1 (based on ARM7TDMI)|
|Battery||BMC-3 (NiMH) 900 mAh; BLC-2 (Li-ion) 1000 mAh (removable)|
|Data inputs||Alphanumeric keypad|
|Display||Monochrome display, 84x48 px, 5 lines|
Several variants of the 3310 have been released, including the Nokia 3315, 3320, 3330, 3350, 3360, 3390 and 3395.
An updated model was launched in 2017. The new Nokia 3310 (2017) model will have a comprehensive update over its predecessor and come with a 2.4" color display, a 2MP rear camera and a microSD slot. Like the original, the new phone will be GSM-based on launch, and will require 2G or 2.5G network coverage for use on any phone network.
The 3310 was developed at the Copenhagen Nokia site in Denmark. It is a compact and sturdy phone featuring an 84 × 48 pixel pure monochrome display. It has a lighter 115 g battery variant which has fewer features; for example the 133 g battery version has the start-up image of two hands touching while the 115 g version does not. It is a slightly rounded rectangular unit that is typically held in the palm of a hand, with the buttons operated with the thumb. The blue button is the main button for selecting options, with "C" button as a "backspace", "back" or "undo" button. Up and down buttons are used for navigation purposes. The on/off/profile button is a stiff black button located on the top of the phone.
The 3310 is known for being reasonably durable due to its casing and construction, a feature which is often humorously exaggerated in online communities. Numerous videos also exist of the phone being put through damage tests to test the phone's strength, including being dropped from a great height and being crushed by heavy objects, many times of which the phone proved its record.
The 3310 is known for having many features that were rare for the time. These include many utilities, such as a calculator, Nokia network monitor, stop watch and a reminder function. It has four games: Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi, and the hugely popular Snake II. The Snake series of games had been popular on Nokia handsets since the late 1990s. CNET remembered Space Impact, a shoot 'em up in which the player fires projectiles at oncoming aliens, as a mediocre game overall but impressive for fitting a mobile device with its complexity and length. It was later recreated for other mobile devices. The Telegraph said that the phone was remembered for its games.
The 3310 was popular for SMS text messaging because it allowed long messages three times the size of a standard SMS text message, at 459 characters. It also featured threaded SMS writing and SMS Chat. The phone also has voice dialing for the quick dialing of selected numbers.
The Nokia 3310 can be customized with interchangeable Xpress-On covers, and thousands of different designs have been produced by various companies. It also has over 35 ringtones built-in with space for seven custom tones. These can either be downloaded, or composed by the user on the handset. The phone has various "profiles" that can set a number of preferences such as silent mode where the phone will not ring, useful for situations where it is inappropriate to do so. Screensavers can be made from received picture messages.
3315, 3390, and 3395Edit
An enhanced version of the 3310 is the Nokia 3315 which has some additional features:
- A picture editor to edit pictures for use in SMS Picture messaging & screensavers on the phone
- Timed profiles
- Could use received ringtones as SMS tones
- Fixed some of the bugs found in the 3310
- Automatic keypad locking after specified time
- Peanut-like inter-connected silicon keymat
- Singaporean and Malaysian sold 3315s also had a blue backlight for the LCD screen and keypad, as opposed to green.
- Similar design to its successor (The Nokia 3410)
The 3315 was also released in Australia. Most versions of the 3310 could be upgraded to include the additional features of the 3315 by using a data cable.
There are two North American variants of the 3310; one is the Nokia 3390, which operates on GSM 1900. The Nokia 3395 is an updated version of the 3390 which includes the additional features of the Asian 3315 model, and it has poor reception if connected to a GSM 850 area.
WAP-enhanced models (3330 and 3350)Edit
The Nokia 3330 added a CSD-based WAP capability, animated screensavers, a pinball game named 'Bumper' and phonebook (stored in the phone memory as opposed to the SIM card in earlier models) with a 100 entry capacity to the model. It also has the capability of downloading Java MIDP apps via WAP (Snake II mazes, Bumper tables, Space Impact chapters).
An Asia Pacific-only version, known as the Nokia 3350, was in essence an improved 3330 with WAP, rhythmic backlight alert, animated screensavers, two-way Navi-Key, dedicated call and hang buttons, Chinese lunar calendar and a 96×65-pixel screen. Some 3350s have back covers that feature a photo-insert window, allowing users to put personal pictures from photographs, magazine cut-outs, etc.
AMPS/D-AMPS-based versions (3320 and 3360)Edit
The Nokia 3360 and 3320 are related models designed for the U.S. and Canadian markets respectively. They are externally similar to the 3310 and 3390, but use Digital AMPS ("TDMA")/AMPS technology rather than GSM.
Like the Asian 3350, they include two dedicated call and hang buttons and two soft keys. They also feature an infrared port. Unlike the 3390, the 3360 and 3320 do not support voice dialing. At 136 gram each, they are also slightly heavier than the 3390, which weighs 119 grams.
Finland's National EmojiEdit
In November 2015, the Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first three "National Emojis" for Finland. The emoji is referred as "The Unbreakable", as the phone was known for its toughness and durability.
On February 9, 2017, The Sun posted an article about a man from Yorkshire, United Kingdom who purchased his Nokia 3310 in 2000 (17 years ago) and has used it ever since, noting that he does not want a newer phone.
On 14 February 2017, it was reported that a revived version of the 3310 would be unveiled at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by HMD Global Oy, the Finnish manufacturer with rights to market phones under the Nokia brand, with the price point of 49 euros. On 26 February 2017, the modernised version of the 3310 was relaunched at a price of 49 euros.
References and footnotesEdit
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... the Nokia 3310 / 3330 sold 126 million units from its launch in 1996 until its "retirement"...
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