25 best phones ever

Our favourite mobiles from across the ages

Sony Ericsson K800i (2006)

Before this Cyber-shot mobile winked its shutter at us, we didn't take camera-phones that seriously. Sure they were okay for silly snaps, but you wouldn't capture important memories on them. A 3.2MP sensor, sliding lens cover and proper Xenon flash meant this was as much camera as phone.

Orange SPV C500 (2004)

Also known as the HTC Typhoon and T-Mobile SDA, among other things. This WinMob smartphone was the Nokia N95 of its day, offering so much power that it gained the admiration of geeks everywhere.

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Nokia 6310i (2002)

The 6310i wasn't about features or wow; it was the paramount business phone because it was super-reliable and had a battery that needed charging less frequently than new series of Big Brother would roll round.

Sony CMD-Z5 (2000)

Before Sony joined forces with Ericsson, it was already making some of the tastiest handsets around. This ickle flipper was the best of them, and featured a handy side-mounted jog dial for scrolling menus and, more importantly, playing the built-in fishing game.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2 (2004)

BlackBerry might be the king of mobile email, but for a time the Sidekick was the queen. Also known by the ridiculous moniker of Danger Hiptop2, the Sidekick 2 relied on cloud data storage and became popular for its excellent Qwerty keypad and easily scrollable messages. Paris Hilton's Sidekick 2 famously had its address book hacked, and problems with the cloud service doomed later models.

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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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