It was one of the vital common telephones within the early 2000s, and now the Nokia 6310 is again for the fashionable period as a part of its retro sequence of reboots.  

The most recent revamp within the sequence, the brand new 6310 is priced at £60 ($80) and comes with a 2.8-inch display screen, a 20-day battery life and the traditional cell sport Snake.

It additionally options greater buttons, a zoomed-in menu and a sturdy polycarbonate shell that may ‘take the knocks and bumps of on a regular basis life’.

Considered one of my new 12 months’s resolutions is to dramatically reduce the time I spend my smartphone throughout my free time. 

Over two weeks, the rebooted Nokia 6310 has supplied a welcome reduction from social media and annoying, intrusive apps – and it might simply be the reply to an entire smartphone detox for 2022. 

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Nokia's revamped version of 6310 is 'the perfect tonic' for a yearning for nostalgia, according to the Finnish company

Nokia’s revamped model of 6310 is ‘the right tonic’ for a craving for nostalgia, based on the Finnish firm 

The new Nokia 6310 (right) is pictured next to the original 6310, which was released in 2001. Arguably the new model has little resemblance to the original, which bears the question, why has Nokia given it the same name?

The brand new Nokia 6310 (proper) is pictured subsequent to the unique 6310, which was launched in 2001. Arguably the brand new mannequin has little resemblance to the unique, which bears the query, why has Nokia given it the identical title? 


The Nokia 6310 was first launched in 2001 and has been re-released in 2021 to mark its twentieth anniversary.

The brand new model comes with a bigger display screen, bigger buttons, however the identical prolonged battery life and durable physique.

  • Identify: Nokia 6310 (twentieth anniversary)
  • Value: £59.99
  • Colors: Yellow, Black
  • Digital camera: 0.3 megapixels 
  • Reminiscence: 16MB RAM, 8MB inside
  • Display screen: 2.8 inch curved
  • Shell: Polycarbonate 
  • Battery standby: 21.7 days
  • Battery speak time: 19.4 hours 
  • Options: FM Radio (Wired/Wi-fi), MP3 participant 
  • Included: Micro USB Charger 

Ever since Nokia introduced an up to date model of its legendary 3310 handset in 2017, it is added a stream of rebooted variations of outdated traditional telephones to the market. 

Nokia telephones are actually launched by HMD World, which bought the rights to the Nokia model title in December 2016.  

In keeping with an organization spokesperson, the brand new 6310 is ‘the right tonic’ for a craving for nostalgia and has been ‘refreshed and reinvented,’ to match trendy wants.  

My uncle owned the unique 6310 about 20 years in the past and to me it was the epitome of an thrilling gadget, with a number of buttons and a two-tone gold and black trim. 

Adam Ferguson, head of product advertising and marketing at HMD World, stated the unique was one of many ‘trailblazers in making cell go mainstream in 2001’.  

Again to the current day, and the very first thing I seen when getting the reboot out of the field was that it does look very retro certainly – in actual fact, its cumbersome black look would counsel it even pre-dates the unique if it weren’t for its large color display screen. 

The 2001 Nokia 6310 was tall and slim with a 1.8 inch 120×160 pixel display screen, whereas the brand new model – which is on the market in each black and yellow – is barely stouter to slot in its 320×240 pixel 2.8-inch display screen. 

What was actually pleasing about utilizing the brand new Nokia 6310 was feeling precise bodily buttons beneath my fingers once more.

One of many issues that actually infuriates me about trendy smartphones is that really with the ability to make a name – absolutely the basic function of any cell phone – is such a faff.

Often, after unlocking my Android smartphone I’ve to swipe on the display screen, enter the passcode, discover the cellphone app and toggle between a number of pages – ‘Recents’, ‘Contacts’ and ‘Locations’ – earlier than discovering the keypad and getting into the cellphone quantity.  

Nokia released this 6310 update, priced at £60, to mark 20 years since it was first released in the UK - and it feels great to have real buttons under my fingers again after so long

Nokia launched this 6310 replace, priced at £60, to mark 20 years because it was first launched within the UK – and it feels nice to have actual buttons beneath my fingers once more after so lengthy  

With the brand new 6310 I’ve to press one button to unlock earlier than typing the quantity, or I can simply press the down button on the keypad to browse my contacts.

Do you keep in mind when cellphones was once that straightforward? Generally I actually imagine much less is extra and it is comforting to me that Nokia seems to know that.

I am going to admit most of my time with the brand new 6310 was enjoying Snake, the significantly addictive cell sport that was a mainstay of Nokia’s best ’90s and ’00s fashions.

For the uninitiated – maybe kids who’ve solely ever existed in a Snake-less smartphone period – the sport includes controlling a snake in its hunt for morsels of meals, which make it develop longer and longer. 

Snake was included on the rebooted 3310 launched in 2017, however Nokia acquired some criticism for altering the much-loved gameplay.

As a substitute of with the ability to make the eponymous snake flip at 90-degree angles just like the traditional model of the sport, snake moved in large, lengthy arcs on the 3310. 

Should you suppose this seems like a trivial change, you are improper. 

I am comfortable to report that Snake on the brand new 6310 has the traditional 90-degree turns in its hunt for meals. Generally it actually a case of, ‘If it ain’t broke, do not repair it’. 

Snake fans will be glad to hear the new Nokia phone is loyal to the original game, unlike the Snake installed on the rebooted 3310 in 2017

Snake followers will probably be glad to listen to the brand new Nokia cellphone is loyal to the unique sport, not like the Snake put in on the rebooted 3310 in 2017

One factor I really like about proudly owning a smartphone is having an honest digicam that I can slot in my pocket – and admittedly this cannot be stated of the brand new 6310. 

The cellphone’s digicam is simply 0.3 megapixels – which compares with the 12 megapixels on the iPhone 13, Apple’s newest flagship gadget – main to some significantly grainy pictures. 

I would not fairly describe myself as a social media addict, however I do love having the choice of snapping high-quality images and posting them on-line. 

The brand new Nokia cellphone has Fb pre-installed in case customers are determined for social media, in addition to an web browser that takes a while to succeed in the specified webpage.

Nevertheless, I believe this lengthy wait time is an efficient incentive to not decide up the cellphone each minute to go on the web, in step with any digital detox.

The 2001 Nokia 6310 (pictured) had a 1.8 inch 120x160 pixel screen and a memorable two-tone gold and black trim

The 2001 Nokia 6310 (pictured) had a 1.8 inch 120×160 pixel display screen and a memorable two-tone gold and black trim

Further nice options are an FM radio, which emits actually clear audio from a front-facing speaker, and different characteristic cellphone classics together with an MP3 participant, voice recorder, calculator and alarm. 

Total, I believe I might use the brand new Nokia 6310 on a everlasting foundation if it weren’t for the actual fact it would not have WhatsApp, which is the place so lots of my important communications happen nowadays. 

My solely criticism is the new mannequin arguably has little resemblance to the unique 6310, which begs the query, why has Nokia given it the identical title? 

I am positive the reply to that is it helps generate extra curiosity from customers than its reboot sequence would in any other case get.

However for its subsequent replace – probably Nokia 3410 from 2002 – I am actually hoping the agency makes extra of an effort to duplicate the unique, no less than by way of look. 


Nokia's rebooted 3310 (left), released in 2017, is pictured here next to the original 3310, released in 2000

Nokia’s rebooted 3310 (left), launched in 2017, is pictured right here subsequent to the unique 3310, launched in 2000

From the Nokia 3310 to the Motorola Razr, retro traditional telephones are slowly however absolutely making a comeback. 

Specialists declare that one of many largest attracts of those fundamental telephones is the nostalgia related to them, in addition to the considerably cheaper price tag than smartphones.

Individuals could also be discovering they do not want all of the functionalities provided by dearer smartphones, and would moderately have the simplicity of a paired-back gadget.  

In February 2017, Nokia launched a brand new model of the 3310 cellphone, 17 years after the unique model was launched.

The retro gadget incorporates a month lengthy standby, the much-loved sport, Snake, and prices simply £49.99 ($66).

It is since launched the Nokia 2720 Flip (an up to date model of the Nokia 2720 Fold from 2009), and up to date slidey ‘banana’ Nokia 8110 from 1996 and the 6310 from 2001. 

In keeping with Counterpoint Analysis, HMD World’s cargo of characteristic telephones (the corporate that owns the Nokia model) grew by 12 per cent between Q2 and Q3 in 2021. 

Counterpoint Analysis knowledge additionally reveals that HMD World is the largest characteristic cellphone producer in Europe, holding a 38 per cent market share.  

In October 2017, Motorola revealed that it was bringing again its iconic RAZR cellphone, becoming a member of forces with British agency, Binatone, to create the Binatone Blade. 

Motorola additionally took inspiration from the unique RAZR flip design to create a pocket-sized flip cellphone that folds down a horizontal crease within the display screen, launched in February 2020.   

When it was introduced, James Brown, director of gadget insurance coverage supplier Defend Your Bubble, stated he thought the gadget could also be able to turning into a ‘trend icon’ as soon as once more however he would not suppose it is going to seize a big market share.

Motorola's reinvented Razr flip mobile has a 6.2 inch foldable screen, which bends in half to shut in the same way as older 'clamshell' handsets. But it's far from cheap - it costs a whopping £1,200

Motorola’s reinvented Razr flip cell has a 6.2 inch foldable display screen, which bends in half to close in the identical method as older ‘clamshell’ handsets. Nevertheless it’s removed from low cost – it prices a whopping £1,200

‘The Motorola Razr returns after an extended absence from the cellphone retailers within the largest comeback because the Nokia 3310 was relaunched,’ Brown stated.

‘Followers nonetheless have an enormous affection for the long-lasting flip-phone of the mid-noughties, and Motorola will probably be hoping that it may possibly money it on their nostalgia.

‘This piece of cell phone historical past might not seize vital market share from the smartphone heavyweights, however it might nicely ruffle a couple of feathers and change into a trend icon once more.’ 

Nevertheless, the brand new Motorola Razr is much from low cost – it prices a whopping £1,200.