Alternative feature phones to the Nokia 3310
THE ASIAN AGE. | AMRITANSHU MUKHERJEE
Published : May 22, 2017, 4:05 pm IST
Updated : Nov 8, 2018, 11:36 am IST
In 2017, you can only buy this phone as a novelty item, not as your daily driver.
Gionee S96 (Price – Rs 3,099)
This one is recognisable from a kilometre due to its flashy looks. The feature phone has a stainless steel body that’s 7.4mm thick. There’s an average 2.0MP camera with an LED flash at the rear. You get the usual must-have features such as FM radio with recorder, Dual-SIM and a powerful speaker. The phone also lets you browse internet and has a native app for Facebook.
Lava KKT 40 Power (Price – Rs 1,800)
As the name would suggest, the Lava KKT 40 Power is all about its massive 2700mAh battery. It also has a segment first OTG port for charging other phones as well. There’s wireless FM radio with recording, call recording, VGA camera, and even Bluetooth on offer. The phone has a premium look with a decent build quality and provides incredible value for money.
Micromax X913 (Price – Rs 1,749)
If you are talking feature phones, you cannot ignore Micromax. The X913 is a good looking phone with clearly laid and spaced out buttons. The rear panel resembles that of an iPhone 5S, which is surely a good thing to have in this price range. You cannot access internet but you can take photos with its 0.3MP camera. There is a big 2.8-inch display and Bluetooth 3.0 for wireless connections. With a 1650 mAh battery, the phone can provide a standby time of 125 hours.
Nokia 230 Dual SIM (Price – Rs 3,900)
Another competitor from its own lineup, the Nokia 230 is premium feature phone with a 2.8-inch display with the same S30 OS as the 3310. The features that differentiate it from the 3310 are its camera and build. The 230 has a 2MP camera at the front as well as the rear. The phone is made of aluminium, which enhances the desirability of this feature phone. The design is more in line with the earlier Lumia lineup, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Samsung Metro XL (Price – Rs 3,297)
This feature phone is remarkably similar to the Nokia 3310. But, it prefers a more modern and matured look as a high-end feature phone. It has a 2.8-inch vibrant screen to display a good-looking UI. It has a better 3.1MP camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera for selfies, which the Nokia 3310 lacks.
It has a larger 128MB internal storage that is expandable up to 32GB. The phone’s UI has android-inspired widgets. As it’s made by Samsung, there won’t be any issues with its after-sales service.