Mobile phones have certainly changed a lot in a short space of time, from dumb handsets to feature phones to the content-rich smartphones we have today. And there has been no better place to see that growth over the years than the hallowed halls of the Mobile World Congress.
The annual trade show for the mobile industry has been known by several different names and has taken place in different cities, but one thing has been a constant; the greatest mobile devices have nearly always appeared at the event.
That's why its annual "best of" awards are a good indication of what phones have made a great impact on the market year-on-year. They are chosen by a panel of industry expects (including Pocket-lint) so those that walk away with the top prize are also brilliantly placed to show just how much the technology has evolved in a relatively short space of time.
We've therefore decided to feature each of the handsets awarded as MWC's best of the best for the last 12 years. It shows clearly the trends in mobile technology in a handy timeline and gives us all a memory jog to perhaps simpler times. How many of them have you owned?
2014: HTC One
Last year's winner and a cracking phone that really cemented HTC's belief and focus in design. It also showed that although HTC's handsets run on Android, people like the company's customised take on Google's operating system.
2013: Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung's SGS3 was the follow up to the knock out smash that was the SGSII and the device that carried all the successful headway Samsung made with the previous offering. It's a shame therefore that Samsung quickly lost momentum with the SGS4 and even more so with the SGS5. Could the SGS6 help Samsung have a flagship smartphone that puts the brand back to the top in the public's hearts and minds?
2012: Samsung Galaxy SII
Accused of copying the iPhone at the time, but with a much thinner design, the SGSII practically made Samsung the mobile phone manufacturer it is today. It was the phone to have in 2012.
2011: Apple iPhone 4
Famously left in a bar ahead of its official reveal, the iPhone 4 was a huge design shift away from the 3G and 3GS that had come before it. Even after issues with reception, dubbed "Antennagate", it went on to sell in bucket loads after people had worked out how to hold it properly.
2010: HTC Hero
One of the first Android handsets, it had a trackball to quickly move around the operating system similar to that found on the BlackBerry Curve and Bold at the time. It also had what the HTC design team referred to at the time as a "chin", something HTC handsets would feature for a while - including the follow up device, the HTC Legend.
In 2009, newcomer Inq thought that it could change the world with a new low-cost smartphone called the Inq1 that would be focused around social rather than business. The Inq was a great stab, changed a lot of things about how we use smartphones today, but alas wasn't enough to really make a huge dent against the power of Android and the iPhone. Inq has since stopped making phones.
2008: Sony Ericsson W910 Walkman Phone
It's all about the bass; well, it was in 2008 when Sony Ericsson was all too keen to create dedicated feature phones all for manner of pigeon holes. Music and photography were particularly areas which were ably catered for by the incredibly good W910 Walkman phone.
2007: Sony Ericsson K800 Cyber-Shot T
At the time, the idea that you would take a picture with a phone rather than a conventional camera was absurd. The iPhone was only just out and devices like the Cyber-Shot were ruling the roost. But Sony Ericsson leveraged its camera prowess with devices like the K800. It was useless at getting emails but amazing at snapping pics. In 2007 devices that could do everything where few and far between, and strangely the Nokia N95 missed out on an award.
2006: Motorola RAZR V3x
If the iPhone is to be remembered in history as a phone that forced phone makers to think about software interfaces and user experience, the Razr line forced phone makers to think about what a phone ought to look like. The RAZR featured, at the time and still to this day, a ground breaking design that stood out against the dull competition. The V3x version added 3G to the picture giving you access to... well not much really... but at least it was faster than anything else at the time.
2005: Sony Ericsson V800
One of the key handsets that helped launch 3G in the UK, the clamshell phone had a swivel camera in the centre so you could film yourself having a "video call" one minute and then rotate it to show off what you were looking at. The UK advert even had a saucy wife in lingerie getting caught out on the camera. That was cringeworthy but the phone was truly innovative.
2004: Sony Ericsson T610
Phones weren't that exciting in 2004, and while the T610 was groundbreaking at the time, it's looks so old and antiquated now that it would be seen as something you buy in an emergency on a stag party to tide you over until you can charge your state of the art smartphone.
2003: Sharp GX10
Today you wouldn't even get excited about the GX10. But back in 2003 when Pocket-lint launched, the phone was ground breaking, especially for world travellers. Is was tri-band for global travel, had 16 polyphonic ring tones and offered 255 minutes of talk time. It also had 250 hours of battery standby before you need to charge it. That's more than 10 days. Wow.