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tech that... NOKIA 3310 REVIEW: IT'S A BIT OF RETRO FUN.

WHEN Nokia revealed it was bringing back its classic 3310 model last year, there was a sneaking suspicion they were just trying to cash in on a bit of good old mistyeyed nostalgia.

When the actual device was revealed, it was clear it wasn't a return for the original device at all - this was a new phone that shared a passing resemblance to the Nokia best-seller. Everything else was new.

But still, Nokia seems to have hit a nerve with this simpler phone. There are a lot of people who have had enough of the stress keeping up with social networks. And a lot of people are finding there is life when not wired up to the internet.

But if you want to stay in touch via phone calls and text message you still need a phone - a dumb phone, that is, and that's just what the 3310 is.

It has internet and can get "apps"but, if you want to surf the net, do Facebook and Twitter, this is not the phone for you.

Apart from calls and texts, there's an alarm, a timer, a calculator, even a basic camera.

The battery is exemplary - standby mode gives you a month and you can talk all day.

You can even load your music onto the phone and take advantage of support for up to 32GB in MICROSD storage. There is an FM radio and a 3.5mm audio jack.

And then there's Snake, pictured, the original mobile game. You'll play it once and wonder how it ever ate up as much of your time as it did back in the day.

In the end the revamped 3310 is only useful to you if you don't live your life online. If you just want a phone. In other words - it has a lesson for us all.

You can get the 3310 for PS39 on Vodafone's Pay as you go 1 plan. You pay no more than PS1 per day for unlimited calls and texts and 500MB of data. If you don't use your phone, you don't pay. Calls are 20p a minute, texts costs 20p, and 5MB of data costs 20p. Once you hit PS1, the rest is on Vodafone. Visit for details.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 18, 2018
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