The Nokia 3310 is coming back. No, seriously! That's the rumour, at least.
According to ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass at VentureBeat, Nokia and HMD Global plan to launch an homage to the classic, durable 2000 "dumbphone" that sold in droves back when. The €59 (S$90) device will reportedly be positioned as a backup or secondary handset after it's unveiled at Mobile World Congress on 26 February.
And honestly, we're excited. Many of us here at Stuff have fond memories of the Nokia 3310 back in its heyday, and while smartphones have given us mobile abilities and experiences we couldn't have imagined all those years ago… well, the nostalgia is simply overpowering.
Just like last year's sadly-false rumour of a Motorola Razr reboot, we want this to be true. Why? Let us count the reasons we loved the original.
1) Incredible battery life
Our smartphones today have three to four times the capacity of the Nokia 3310, yet they seem to last for about a day, tops. Meanwhile, the 900mAh cell of that old favourite was reliable for days of uptime, if not nearly a week.
Granted, the difference is obvious. Modern smartphones have bright, bold, ultra-sharp screens and processors that blow away top-end PC innards from when the 3310 was king. Meanwhile, the Nokia 3310 was lauded for its ability to play Snake, the all-time classic mobile game, and display text messages with its then-pristine 84x48 display.
Even so, the idea of only needing to charge a phone a couple times a week – rather than every single night – is hugely appealing.
2) Seriously, Snake!
Smartphones, in all their glory and power, enable so many different kinds of games. Simple or complex, short or sprawling: their screens are blank slates for developers to deliver so many kinds of creative experiences.
And yet there's also beauty in working within extreme limits, and that's exactly what the Nokia 3310 does with Snake II. Oh, Snake – wonderful, addictive Snake. It's nothing more than guiding around a little pixel creeper to snag fruit, but it's a legend for more than just being one of the only games around. Also, yes, we're aware that you can play Snake on smartphones. Shush.