Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Nokia 3310

Alex Kidman 30 March 2017 NEWS


How do the two most talked-about phones of 2017 compare?

Picking which phones will catch the public’s attention is a tricky business. You can usually expect Apple phones to garner attention no matter what, and Samsung is in a similar position on the Android side of the smartphone fence. Get beyond those brands, however, and working out which phones are going to grab people can be hard to figure out.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know

In 2017, however, no two phones have had quite as much attention as Samsung’s just-announced Samsung Galaxy S8, and Nokia’s absolute throwback phone, the Nokia 3310. We took some hands-on time with the Nokia 3310 back at Mobile World Congress 2017. Just for the sheer fun of it, how do the two most talked about handsets of 2017 compare?

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Nokia 3310: Specifications

Smartphones Samsung Galaxy S8 Nokia 3310
OS Android 7.0 ("Nougat") Nokia Series 30+
Screen size 5.8 inches 2.4in
Resolution 2960×1440 Super AMOLED 240x320
Display density 567ppi 167ppi
Storage 64GB 16MB
Weight TBC TBC
Processor Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 32-bit single core processor
Rear camera 12MP 2MP
Front camera 8MP VGA
Battery 3000mAh 1200mAh
RRP $1,199 ~$67

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Nokia 3310: Analysis

This is, admittedly, a massively one-sided fight on more levels than you might appreciate. The S8’s specifications absolutely wipe the floor with the Nokia 3310, but then you’d expect that given the immense gulf in asking prices. You could buy just under 18 Nokia 3310 handsets for the price of one Galaxy S8, after all.

However, this would be a monumentally bad idea in Australia, because the currently announced Nokia 3310 is a 2G only phone. While Optus has recently given its 2G network a short stay of execution across the eastern states of Australia, Telstra’s 2G network is totally dead and Vodafone’s 2G network is headed the way of the Dodo too. If you bought your 18 Nokia 3310 handsets now, well before Christmas they would all be brightly coloured paperweights within Australia. Nokia has no announced plans to release the Nokia 3310 in Australia, with that price representing a rough conversion of the stated Euro RRP.

At that point, the asking price of the Galaxy S8, which works on 3G and 4G frequencies and will almost certainly expire well before both of those technologies are made redundant is undeniably the more sensible buy. If you’re still fixated on feature phones, however, we’ve rounded up the best non-3310 feature phones that will work on Australian networks for you already.

If your tastes run more in the smartphone direction, we've also compared the Galaxy S8 against the iPhone 7, the Galaxy S8+ against the iPhone 7 Plus and both new Galaxy S8/S8+ handsets against the cream of the Android handset crop.

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