Nokia 8110 review: The return of the ‘banana phone’ is a triumph
It first came out in 1996, and now more than 20 years later, the Nokia 8110 is back.
In the hopes of appealing to fans of the 90s, Nokia has re-released its iconic ‘banana phone .’
The handset sports an updated version of the distinctive slider design, made famous in 90s sci-fi film The Matrix.
And unlike the original, the new 8110 has 4G connectivity, as well as a basic 2MP camera.
I got my hands on the new 8110 – here’s my verdict.
Nokia has taken the ‘banana phone’ name and run with it, bringing out a yellow version of the 8110 that really does resemble the fruit.
While the new version has rounded edges and a more modern design, thankfully Nokia hasn’t ditched the much-loved retro look altogether.
The 8110 still features the distinctive slider, which makes answering calls so much more fun than simply tapping your screen.
The 8110 has been given another modern twist, thanks to 4G connectivity.
This opens the door to a range of new uses – including messaging apps like WhatsApp, as well as handy apps like Google Maps or Trainline.
It also features a camera (albeit only 2MP) with flash, and while this results in fairly low-quality photos, this somehow adds to the retro charm of the phone.
Fans of the original will be happy to hear that the much-loved Snake also makes a return.
However, I was slightly disappointed with how different the new game is from the original – the improved graphics somewhat ruin the nostalgia.
Forget the ‘all-day’ battery life you hear about in high-end smartphones – Nokia claims that the 8110 will last for 25 DAYS on a single charge.
Admittedly, I only tested it for an hour or so, so can’t prove Nokia’s claims, but if they’re true, they’re pretty impressive.
At just £69, the 8110 is a bit of a bargain.
While it’s unlikely to replace your primary phone, it could be a great option as an inexpensive second phone – although expect some double-takes if you use it in public!