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Should the return of the Nokia 3310 be welcomed?
This article is part of the MicroScope issue of April 2017
In this age of reboots, it’s probably no surprise that parts of the technology industry may be tempted to revisit the scene of some of its former glories. For evidence, look no further than the revival of Nokia’s 3310 model phone which is garnering a lot of attention at the moment. The original phone was first released in 2000 and discontinued in 2005 after selling 126 million units. People of a certain age remember the phone very fondly and it is those people, like those who remember vinyl, who are most likely to be most interested in buying the rebooted version. If the success of vinyl is anything to go by, they could well help to make the revived Nokia 3310 a success. Having looked through a few comments about the phone on several web sites, it has been interesting to note that one of the 3310’s biggest attractions appears to be the ability for people to regain some of the time that has been taken away from them by their smartphones. The inability to use applications such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter...
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