Tech Hunters: the unstoppable, unbreakable Nokia 3310

How does the iconic pocket dialer stack up against today's competition? We find out.
Matt Brian
M. Brian|05.24.17

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Modern day smartphones may shudder at the mere thought of being dropped but for the Nokia 3310, it was just another day at the office. First released at the turn of the millennium, the impenetrable
candy bar handset wowed owners with interchangeable covers and its integrated antenna, a rarity for phones during that time. But it was T9 predictive text, customisable ringtones and, of course, Snake that left a lasting impression on the hundreds of millions of people that bought the "indestructible" device during its five-year run.

The phone left such a lasting legacy that HMD Global, the new owner of the Nokia brand, is bringing the phone back. But how easy is it to find the original? Is it really as tough as we remember? Can the 17-year-old classic still compete with today's powerful smartphones? It's our job to find out. Join Julia Hardy as she goes on a journey to find the iconic handset with one idea in mind: to subject it to some very rigorous torture tests.


Tech Hunters is a 10-part video series that uncovers the devices we were once obsessed with, looking at how they disrupted the tech industry, and what they're worth today. From the pocket pet obsession with the original Tamagotchi, to mix-tapes and Sony Walkman, Tech Hunters explores the audio, visual, interactive and transport innovations that have shaped today's culture.

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