Nokia 3310. (Wikipedia)
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The Nokia 3310 was my first, and best loved, mobile phone when it was released 17 years ago. The device – which always felt indestructible – has now withstood obsolescence itself: a Finnish company with rights to the Nokia brand is planning to revive the bestselling brick for those people tired of power-hungry smartphones and their interminable system updates. If nothing else, it signals the trend for so-called dumb phones – a desire to return to simpler times when handsets just made calls and sent texts.But the relaunch of the 3310 also highlights an uncomfortable truth for the industry: it is still searching for its next big growth driver almost exactly a decade after Apple ushered in the smartphone revolution with the iPhone. Before long it will make today's smartphones appear as dumb as the Nokia 3310 .
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