Hello So I've been using my 110 for a day now, and although I like it a lot, it felt maybe kinda vanilla-feature-phone.
So I've been using my 110 for a day now, and although I like it a lot, it felt maybe kinda vanilla-feature-phone. Other than snake and Gran Vals, there isn't much that says "this phone is definitely a Nokia".
I mean, there is no Pure S30+ One program, so Nothing's stopping you from adding tons of features.
I heard you guys have fun making feature phones, and that nostalgia is a big selling point. Yet even on the explicitly throwback phones, like the 3310/8110/2720, the nostalgia-ness is mostly limited to the design/form factor, and the design is what Nokia communicates on. But these old phones were not only a look, they were a set of features too; and the features have MUCH more nostalgia-potential than the design does.
So I looked up previous spotlight features from low-end Nokia feature phones in the 2000s.
Here's a few thing that could really help modern Nokia feature phones, were they to be brought back.
First, a big selling point of the prime 3310 was threaded SMS conversations. Now these have become commonplace on smartphones, but have disappeared from feature phones, and the 110 has the worst possible way to send a text instead. So bringing "SMS chat" back would be great.
Then there were picture messages (not MMSs, simple pictures), and "Nokia Xpress Audio messaging", which I guess were a kind of vocal messages.
And SMS services. Nokia Life Tools and Nokia Money come to mind. I doubt their relevancy is over, as not 100% of the world is internet-connected.
Then there's the option to set icons/émoticons to contacts.
And the picture editor with cliparts that was on S40 phones.
And ringtones. My 110 has about 3, which is not much. We need at least 20 or 30.
The ringtone composer was extremely popular. I know I can make midi ringtones myself on a PC, but making those on the phone would be even better.
And some ringtones were light and sound shows, be it through a blinking screen or extra colored lights (nokia 3220).
And then there were the XPresson covers. well, they were brought back to smartphones, but disappeared from the feature phones. and XPresson weren't Simply different colours, they were glow-in-the dark covers, photo insert covers, and handmade cut-out covers too!
I'm just discovering about these features, and since me, a 18 year old, would definitely buy a feature phone with this stuff, I bet they would be popular.
I guess a 3310 is less of a 3310 without a ringtone composer, and a 2720 is less of a 2720 without life Tools.
There is huge potential in making a phone that doesn't just look like a 2000s phone, but also acts like one.
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