Nokia 8310 Vintage Mobile Phone Review – Pocket Powered Device

Nokia 8310 Review: The Nokia 8310 had a difficult job. It had to follow up on one of the most successful handsets yet seen: the Nokia 8210. Expectations were therefore high. Released in 2001, it managed to do this successfully and helped really set the tone for the next couple of years. Nokia released further customisable devices based around the same operating system.

The brief must have been fairly simple. Much of what the made the Nokia 8210 so successful was retained. A tiny size, an intuitive operating system, the Snake mobile game, a variety of different coloured covers, a big battery life. All these features were kept in the Nokia 8310.

There was little change in size to the model. The Nokia 8310 weighs in at an extra 5 grams over the Nokia 8210. Most notable was the change in backlight colour (which went to an ice-blue colour) and the more playful angular design of the housing.

Full specifications here.

Rather unusually, the phone had an almost identical brother. The Nokia 6510 was released quickly after this and was almost identical but in purely metallic colours. This was aimed at the more professional market. The proper successor to the Nokia 8310 was probably the Nokia 7210. This introduced both a colour display and a slightly bigger screen to the flagship handset.

Nokia 8310 Review: Pros

  • Perhaps the best things going for this mobile was the simple things. The retention of the Nokia OS in an almost identical form to previous Nokia phones made this an extremely accessible handset for most.
  • The premium design was well intoned. At 84g this phone was much lighter than the more budget Nokia 3310 at 133g. This was an extremely noticeable feature.
  • The phone also brought in distinct improvements over its predecessor that were to become standard for a few years. The WAP browser allowed access to basic internet sites of sorts. The phone also featured an FM radio which required the headphones to act as a antenna.
  • The design was also much unlike many other phones as colour was embraced. A two-tone facade on the keypad and housing was available in several different colour combinations officially and dozens more unofficially.

Nokia 8310 Review: Cons

  • The price point of the phone surprised a few people when it came out. It was much towards the top of the pricing charts. As a SIM-free phone this was above the £300 mark early on, which made this an expensive purchase. This was balanced out by being available on most contracts at lower cost.
  • The design was bold but admittedly not for everyone. The keys were much smaller than that of other phones. With a plastic finish, this lacked the metallic good looks of phones such as the Nokia 8850, albeit at a different price point.
  • Whilst phone lighting had improved (the light faded out instead of turning off), the screen display itself was no different from the earlier Nokia 8210 model.
  • With no 3.5mm jack, you are restricted to using Nokia’s handsfree kit to listen to the radio. This was inferior to other in-ear phones at the time.

Future Prospects and Current Pricing

The Nokia 8310 is already quite keenly sought after now. This despite being produced in huge numbers. This is in common with many Nokia phones of this age, and a handset in good condition is worth more than many of the other budget newer Nokia handsets that followed.

In the future it does seem likely that these models will always be collectibles.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.


Nokia 8310 Disassembly Guide

If you are interested in taking apart the Nokia 8310 for repair purposes, a link is here.]

Nokia 8310 Video Review

Here is a video showing all the best Nokia 8310 features:

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