Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2017 23:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Nokia unveiled its new lineup of phones, and there's definitely some good stuff in here. The Nokia 3, 5, and 6 are very understated Android phones with modest specifications, but with one huge selling point: stock Android, with Google security updates. Nokia is really touting it as a feature, too, which is music to my ears. The phones are not extravagant, don't come loaded with crapware or useless features, and do exactly what it says on the tin.

In addition, the company released a new Nokia 3310:

Nokia has sold 126 million of its original 3310 phone since it was first introduced back in September, 2000. It was a time before the iPhone, and Nokia ruled with popular handsets that let you play simple games like Snake. Now the 3310 is making a nostalgic return in the form of a more modern variant, thanks to Nokia-branded phone maker HMD. Like its predecessor, it will still be called the Nokia 3310, but this time it’s running Nokia’s Series 30+ software, with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2-megapixel camera, and even a microSD slot.

I'm a little underwhelmed by this phone - not because of its specifications or anything, because those are exactly as I expected and wanted from this phone. No, I miss one crucial thing: it doesn't have WhatsApp (or WeChat, for that matter, for our Chinese friends), and you obviously can't install it either. WhatsApp is the backbone - for better or worse, I didn't choose this to be so, don't blame me, etc. etc. - of mobile communications in The Netherlands and much of the rest of the world, and without it, I literally have no use for this phone, not even as a backup phone.

Very strange omission indeed, but other than that - it looks great.

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No 3G?
by sklofur on Mon 27th Feb 2017 00:32 UTC
sklofur
Member since:
2016-03-28

So I'd love a phone like this to use as a spare. But the lack of 3G is a definite problem in Australia, where the 2G network is currently being phased out. Hopefully a 3G model will come out soon, even if it doesn't have data.

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RE: No 3G?
by unclefester on Mon 27th Feb 2017 00:51 in reply to "No 3G?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

I was going to make exactly the same comment about the lack of 3G

One of the $20 prepaid feature phones from Coles or Woolworths are probably better devices. .

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RE: No 3G?
by Carewolf on Mon 27th Feb 2017 12:15 in reply to "No 3G?"
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2005-09-08

Why on earth are you removing 2G in Australia of all places?

The advantage of 2G is that it has range in the order of 10s of kms where 3G has a range in the order of 100s of meters.

It is the fallback to have speech whenever you are far outside cities.

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RE[2]: No 3G?
by unclefester on Mon 27th Feb 2017 12:30 in reply to "RE: No 3G?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Why on earth are you removing 2G in Australia of all places?

The advantage of 2G is that it has range in the order of 10s of kms where 3G has a range in the order of 100s of meters.

It is the fallback to have speech whenever you are far outside cities.


The Australian 2G networks used TDMA. This has a more limited range than 3G (WCDMA).

Telstra offers NextG on the 850 Mhz band covering 99% of the population at speeds up to 42Mbs.
https://www.telcoantennas.com.au/site/guide-to-mobile-networks

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