The last decade has been revolutionary for the mobile phone.

Not only has ownership rocketed, the cellular phone been transformed from a gadget for simply making and taking calls or texting into an astonishingly powerful hub for multimedia entertainment, internet surfing, social networking, GPS location-finding, camera snapping – plus lots more that there's an app for…

So what were the handsets that rocked us during the last decade and defined the noughties?

1. Nokia 7110 (1999/2000)

While we partied like it was 1999 and the clocks chimed in the Noughties, hip phone-slingers were slipping the spring-loaded slider and calling on the smartest handset in town – the WAP-packing Nokia 7110.

The first phone to deliver up the mobile internet, we surfed to see where to go next as the New Year kicked in…and waited….and waited…The internet in your pocket (well, sort of in a rubbishy, snail-slow way) had arrived.

Nokia 7110

2. Nokia 3310 (2000)

Many people's first mobile phone, like its 3210 predecessor the Nokia 3310 was one of the early mobile-boom smash hits.

Not only was it cheap and cheerful, it offered a smidgeon of style, with swappable customisable covers, an internal antenna, T9 predictive text messaging, downloadable ringtones and voice dialling. And there was Snake II, too. It was a doddle to operate, helping to cement loyalty to Nokia in many a phone buyer.

Nokia 3310

3. Vertu (from 2002)

The mobile phone as money-no-object noughties boom-time status symbol. Ultra-premium brand Vertu was established by Nokia to offer opulent crafted handsets in luxury materials to those with huge quantities of cash to splash.

No 'free with contract' deals with Vertu – handsets start at several thousand pounds each and go up to six figures. It's not that the phone features were that outstanding – although the personal concierge service was none too shabby… Despite the credit crunch, Vertu is still going strong.


4. Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman (2005)

While not the first phone to have an MP3 player onboard, Sony Ericsson shifted music playing on mobiles to prime-time by reworking the iconic Walkman brand into a music-centric handset package.

Equipped with a decent quality tune player, earphones and memory card, the W800i Walkman concept helped establish mobile phones as an everyday music player alternative.


5. Nokia 7650 (2002)

Remember when phones didn't have cameras built in? The Nokia 7650 was the decade's snap'n'send ground-breaker, with a VGA shooter tooled into the back of Nokia's debut Symbian Series 60 smartphone.

Nokia's high-end trend-setter may not have been a best-seller, but its instant-snapping legacy has redefined how we now use our phones (and embarrass our mates…).