After being given a facelift, but at the same time retaining similar curvatures as its predecessors, the Nokia 3410 comes as the major upgrade for the 33xx-series of phones. As like many previous Nokia 3000-series phones, this model introduces several new features that will be found on future Nokia phones - with some of these including a “download” menu for customisable features, and support for Java MIDlets (applets) thanks to implementation of J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition).
For those living in the Asia-Pacific region, you may find it hard to purchase one of these phones - because the 3410 is only officially available in European and African markets. If it wasn’t for the 3350, I think this phone may just have a chance of making it out to this region of the world!
One of the biggest additions to the 3410 would be the Java support offered - allowing for third-party applications to be used on this phone. Also, access to WAP services have been enhanced thanks to a new ‘download’ menu allowing access to downloadable tones, games and images.
A standard keypad is provided with the 3410 - one which is similarly used on other Nokia series phones, which rids the Navi-key interface (love it or hate it?). The resolution of the screen has also been vastly improved, supporting finer text and graphics. This is achieved through an increased number of screen pixels based on a similar screen size as the 3310/3330.
The external shape of the 3410 is virtually the same as that of both the 3310 and 3330, where the differences lie in the redesigned screen and keypad area, which have both been given a softer touch in conjunction with the “Green Cloud” coloured Xpress-on cover. I personally find the overall design of the 3410 quite attractive.
Some may be saying “why does the 3410 look so much like the 3315?” Apart from the difference in the keypad area and Xpress-on cover, both phones are exactly the same - physically.
User Interface (UI)
Gone is the Navi-key and in comes the standard keypad interface found on other Nokia phones. I have never gotten used to just having one single button controlling a phone’s features - and find it extremely irritating when I don’t have a second choice on the screen. Anyway… the two soft keys provide similar menu navigation techniques as per other Nokia phones.
Physically, the keypad has a softer feel than those on the 3310 and 3330. If you’re afraid that a possible result is a loss in keypad tactility, then let me assure you that this is not the case. Although the keypad is not as “clicky”, it definitely passes the message-typing test! :)
Making and receiving calls
The 3410 has been given a set of answer/reject buttons and two soft keys, which also gives users greater accessibility than ever before (on 3000-series phones) to in-call features such as hold and mute. In addition, a built-in phonebook with a 200-entry capacity is provided on the 3410 - with access to it as simple as using the up/down arrow buttons (not needing to go into the menu before opening the phonebook!)
Similar to the 3310/3330, the 3410 supports concatenated (long) SMS messages, SMS chat and picture messaging features. With WAP becoming a standard feature, this feature is being adopted for the downloading of picture messages from Nokia’s own “Club Nokia” web site.
With the provided lithium-ion battery, a user should be able to average approximately 2-3 days’ standby on average usage, and around 2-3 hours’ worth of talk time.