Nokia 3310 and more

Nokia 3310 and more

 Nokia classic returns

The legendary phone that was Nokia’s most successful handset is making a comeback – with a bit of a twist. You may remember it as the blue handset with great battery life; or the phone that brought the Snake game to the world. Whichever way you look at it, this was one die hard device that took Nokia into another realm at the time, leaving many manufacturers in the dark. In the 17 years that have passed since the launch of the 3310, the Nokia brand was bought, sold and stripped for its parts. This month HMD Global, Nokia’s new owner, announced a revised 3310 they call “One more thing”. Its battery will last a month, it has Snake and it has the Nokia signature ringtone. Under the hood, the new 3310 has been given a 2 megapixel camera, low res colour 2.4 inch screen, micro SD card slot and will be available in white, blue, red and yellow.  It’s still a basic feature phone, but at around R680 with battery life like no other, we will definitely take 2. Expect to see this phone around the second quarter of 2017 only.


We live in a nation that loves to braai, but we have all been caught out at least once when everything is ready, but there are no firelighters to be found. To add to the insult, this usually happens on a Sunday, when shops are closed. Well, we found something that will light up your coal, briquettes and hardwood with superheated air in 60 seconds. The device is called ‘Looflighter’ and comes from Sweden.

Point it at your chosen braai fuel and switch it on, unleashing a blast of 600 degree celcius hot air via its 1500 watt fan system. We tested one out and it really stands up to the test. On charcoal, we managed to light the fire in just 60 seconds, but with hardwood it took a bit longer, around three minutes. It did ease the pain of lighting a fire in the wind with traditional firelighters, which can become a bit of a circus act in itself, with the juggling of matches and tongs.  This device depends on a main power supply, so it’s great for home, or caravan park camping where a power source is readily available.

Grab one at The Gadget Shop,, for around R599.

Eagle Flight in VR

‘Eagle Flight’ takes you to the skies of Paris to experience the freedom of flying and aerial dog fights like never before. The game is set 50 years after humans vanished from the earth and wild life takes over. As an eagle you get to soar past iconic landmarks and dive through narrow streets in order to complete objectives in the game. With VR, the game is much more intuitive and easy to grasp. We were lucky to experience a preview of the game on PlayStation 4 and it did not disappoint. Ubisoft has really put in the research and development here and unlike some other games, we did not experience motion sickness. This game is developed exclusively for VR, with high frame rate graphics. Trust us when we say it does not disappoint. We have found two retailers that are carrying stock of this game, Takealot and BT Games. However, BT Games is offering the better deal on this one at the moment at R565, free shipping included (selected areas).


Gadget Buddies: By Imran Khan