25 best phones ever

Our favourite mobiles from across the ages

Samsung SGH-X820 (2006)

We still thought Christopher Biggins was just big boned before the X820 came along and redefined skinny. Every other handset suddenly seemed like a bloater on a diet of heavy batteries and surplus plastic.

Nokia 6300 (2007)

If anyone needed a reminder of how well Nokia made basic, anyone-can-use-it mobiles, the 6300 was the perfect example of the simple-phone art. Stylish, solid and superb.

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BlackBerry Bold 9000 (2008)

The 9000 was the ultimate evolution of the original BlackBerry, before they got all touchscreeny. The addition of 3G and a 2MP camera made it more friendly and less businessy.

Nokia 3210 (1999)

It was a toss-up between this and the 3310, but this mini gem left more of a lasting impression – and isn't tainted by the memory of a million tacky Xpress-on covers. This was the phone that really brought Snake and T9 predictive texting to the masses.

O2 XDA II Mini (2005)

Also known as the i-mate JAM, this was one of HTC's finest Windows Mobile devices and an awe-inspiring exercise in miniaturisation.

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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