25 best phones ever

Our favourite mobiles from across the ages

And the best mobile phones ever, in no particular order, are...

Motorola StarTAC (1996)

The StarTAC wasn't just the first clamshell phone; it was the first cool phone. In the same way that the intrinsic coolness of the iPod fuelled the popularity of MP3 players, so the StarTAC's jazzy design helped establish mobiles as a must-have.

Nokia 1011 (1992)

Yes, Motorola set the mobile ball rolling, but Nokia gave it real momentum with this, the first mass-produced GSM phone. It could receive text messages but not send them, and stored 99 numbers – so one each for the number of  people you knew with mobiles and 98 for the rest of your friends.

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Apple iPhone 3G (2008)

For all its wow, the original iPhone lacked the speedy on-the-go connectivity to make it truly world-changing. 3G was the fuel that finally launched the iPhone into the smartphone stratosphere.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000x (1983)

This is it – the mother of all mobile phones. Where would we be without the Motorola DynaTAC? Constantly in search of phonebooths and internet cafes, that's where.

Nokia N70 (2005)

For anyone who'd rather tear their own eyeballs out than wrestle with Windows Mobile, the Nokia N70 was the ideal alternative. The speed of 3G combined with the versatility and usability of Symbian 8.1 and the S60 UI resulted in a pocket powerhouse.

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Comments

As an owner of the Sony Ericsson K800i I agree that this was a ground breaking device. Whilst I have moved on to smartphones, I have kept this superb feature phone. Arguably one of Sony Ericsson's best devices ever. 

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