I really love to read GSMArena, and respect the guys. They have been doing a great job for so many years and everybody visited at least once their site to check the phone specs. Their reviews are usually correctly written and objective. Every part of the phone is inspected and many tests are done to confirm their meaning. But sometimes their perspective is wrong and that happened with first-thought video on Nokia 3310. They are usually sharpshooters, but this time they missed the target.
I don’t know what they expected of a simple feature phone that had one goal, and one goal only, to bring some nostalgia back and raise rush all the journalist and blogers to HMD’s booth. Nokia 3310 is a great marketing move, but also a great feature phone and only that. If you watch it from smartphone user perspective, this phone will suck. It doesn’t have WiFi, 3G, enough memory (both RAM and internal), no so much sophisticated platform, and not so many apps that many are using. But it brought back the familiar shape in a modern way. Phone is slimmer, rounder, lighter, has colour screen (from Nokia 150), USB port, 3.5 mm jack, Bluetooth, and camera. So, why would GSMArena guys think it is going to be a failure. Targeted population are young people in developing countries, Nokia fans, hipsters, people that want to have colorful feature phone (which is rarity today), and all of us that can spare 50€ and have 3310 16 years later. I must say I didn’t have a chance yet to hold it, but our friends form Mob.hr (biggest mobile phone site in Croatia and around) that were at MWC did, and they said it is cool device.
So, take it as cool device (Google Trends don’t lie). If you can live with that it is for you. If you are die hard smartphone user, well just take it as a cool device. It brings some colour and shape in the feature phone class. And, you can get it with golden Putin on a back cover too!
I think one thing could be a nice move though, somehow negotiate with Facebook to bring Whatsapp on s30+ devices, or specifically Nokia 3310. It would shorten the battery life for sure, but would make that phone even more desirable that already is.
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