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Nokia 3310: Critics torn on retro mobile

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p Nokia's iconic 3310 phone officially went on sale today, but critics are torn whether it is still relevant in today's smartphone-dominated market.

Announced at the World Mobile Congress (WMC) in February, the Nokia 3310 is almost identical to the 17-year-old phone it's based on.

Texting and dealing is done through the 12 physical buttons, although the three buttons and the navigation rocker switch below the screen are new.

It also offers a standby battery life of up to a month while the old pin charger has been replaced with a modern micro USB connector.

The Daily Telegraph says it "is considerably lighter and thinner" and so "very pocket friendly", although it might not "survive the same beatings that many originals took".

Texting is "perfectly reasonable", says TechRadar, and the upgraded visuals means Snake is easier to play.

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