It’s been called the brick and “the phone that could not be killed.”
From there, the “indestructible Nokia” meme was born.
By September, the meme had earned an article by the New Yorker’s Matt Buchanan..
“It has been thrown great distances, run over by automobiles, smashed by hammers, shot, and set on fire,” Buchanan wrote. “And it’s survived more of those trials, more often, than anyone would expect of a piece of modern gadgetry. In fact, over a decade after its release, gadget reviewers continue to compare its durability to newer, more advanced devices; the Nokia 3310 usually wins.”
In what can be considered a final tribute to one of the most entertaining phones to ever collect pocket lint, artist David Henning (bafflebox) created a GIF animation of the Nokia 3310 being put through a stress test.
“It really started out as practice, I began with the kicking figure,” Henning told me. “Then, I decided to have it just kick would be kind of pointless, so I needed something to be kicked: a non-descript rectangle. Later I added the explosion and the first thing that came to mind when I previewed it was ‘a Nokia could survive that,’ so I made the rectangle be one of those.”
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