When news surfaced that Nokia was about to bring back its classic 3310, a phone you probably best remember for the epic games of Snake you played during math class, we thought long and hard about whether to even post about it. We mean, in terms of performance, it’s blown out of the water by just about every smartphone from the past decade. Then we got to thinking. As more studies nudge us to distance ourselves from social media and we seek to remove our faces from a phone screen 24/7, perhaps there really is a place for the simplicity of the old Nokia brick. So for that we say, Welcome back, old friend. The new version of the 3310 is coming, and it’s coming with a color screen, 22 hours of active battery life, and, yes, Snake. You’ll also have a physical keyboard, which is a feature some may truly miss. There’s a web browser and a camera but neither will match the performance of what you’re used to—and that’s okay; that’s not why you’re buying this. If you crave simplicity—and the more reasonable price tag that comes with it—maybe, just maybe, the Nokia 3310 makes a little bit of sense. And if you need just a few more features, maybe a new Palm Pilot is on the horizon.
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