Yep, you read that title right. I recently got a Nokia 3310. No, this isn’t a blog post from 2000.
Why I love the Nokia 3310
I had one of the original 3310s back when I was a kid, so the nostalgia is real. This new model is quite a lot thinner, lighter, and perhaps not as durable. (I’m not willing to chuck it out of a window to test this…)
The feel of it
For the past couple of years, I’ve had an iPhone XR as my main phone. It’s a great phone, but it’s massive. It doesn’t fit in my hands properly, it’s heavy, it’s slippy (it will literally slide off anything and everything) and it’s sometimes a struggle to fit it into smaller handbags.
This Nokia 3310, by contrast, is SO light. It’s tiny. It fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. And it fits in all of my handbags without any issue. Perfect.
No apps = Nothing to be addicted to
There aren’t any apps on this phone. Just the phone itself, texting, a really basic browser, and of course, Snake. (Which I haven’t actually tried on this phone yet.)
So, it isn’t really addictive in the slightest. No scrolling for hours on Instagram, no petrifying news notifications, and no doomscrolling Twitter. No hours wasted consuming content from other people’s lives – It gives me extra time to spend living my own life, instead of watching other people live theirs.
The Nokia 3310 allows me to stay in touch with my loved ones, but doesn’t have anything on there that has the potential to take up large amounts of my time. Once you get used to the FOMO, it’s peaceful to live in blissful ignorance.
“I feel a lot better for taking a step back over the past few months from all of the digital noise that my iPhone has brought into my life.”
It’s so basic that it makes me long for the ‘olden days’. You know, pre-2010, when we all had phones like this? Those days where the Internet stayed at home on your laptop and you weren’t permanently tied to it? Where we actually paid attention to each other in person, instead of staring at our phones?
I know it’s not the perfect phone for everybody, but for those of us who’ve realised that we really do need regular breaks from the online world and our current technology bombarding us with notifications, it’s the perfect handset.
My Nokia 3310 goes out with me on walks. It’ll be sitting in my handbag on days out, and wherever I spend my weekends – because I’m quite a (smart)phone-free weekend convert.
I feel a lot better for taking a step back over the past few months from all of the digital noise that my iPhone has brought into my life. This Nokia is perfect for ensuring that I don’t miss out on staying in touch with the people who truly matter to me, whilst cutting out all of the strangers who honestly shouldn’t matter.
It’s £49.99, and honestly? It’s money well spent if you’re feeling frazzled by your phone.
Would you consider getting a dumbphone like the Nokia 3310 now?