If you’ve ever owned a Nokia 3310, you are familiar with the phone falling apart in multiple pieces when dropped down. The Nokia 3310 was purposely designed that it detaches the back cover, battery, and even the front plastic and keyboard to minimize the damage done when the phone hits the ground. Basically, here applies Newton’s Third law that goes “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. So, when the 3310 falls on the ground, the ground affects the phone with the same force that the 3310 affects on the ground. To minimize the impact of the ground force on 3310’s vital components, Nokia designed the device to transfer the force on to another, not essential part, that simply falls apart, thus saving the vital components. I didn’t find a detailed technical explanation of old 3310’s design, so if someone knows more, please leave a comment below the article.
More than 15 years apart, the same laws of physics apply to the new Nokia 3310. One YouTuber got his hands on the new 3310, and did a drop test. The new Nokia 3310 fell apart when it hit the ground just like the old one. The back cover and battery got detached, and when the person puts all the components back in their place, the new 3310 normally boots up like nothing happened.
Apart from the drop test, there are almost 8 minutes of “hands on” video of 3310, but it’s on French (?), and without YouTube titles. The User Interface of the device is shown on the video, just like the Snake game. The housing beneath the back cover is simply designed and made from plastic. The phone overall looks fancy, with a little futuristic touch if you ask me, with the strong black-white contrast on the front.
The new Nokia 3310 is not the only device HMD introduced that shares some elements from the old and legendary 3310. The new Nokia 6 shares the old 3310’s indestructibility, as demonstrated by JerryRigEverything. All the new Nokia phones (3, 5, 6 and 3310) are expected to go on sale this quarter globally, with the 3310 (2017)costing €49.
P.S. Did you know that the manual from the old 3310 is 130 pages long? You can check it here and find more Nokia user guides here. You can also win a new 3310 in this giveaway.