Posted by Mike Evans in Nokia on December 4, 2008

Nokia N85
If you’re thinking of buying a mobile phone for the man in your life this year, the choice can be overwhelming.

Fear not, that’s where we come in! We’ve compiled a list of ten of the best mobile phones that the man in your life should love.

Each of these phones is either gadget-laden, or offers a select number of features that performs exceptionally well.

So whether your man is into photography, playing games, listening to music or watching TV, there’s a phone for him in the following list that’ll make you the star of Christmas in his eyes!


10. Samsung Omnia

Samsung i900 touchscreen mobile phone
We start our list with the Samsung Omnia i900. Samsung phones have always had a distinctive look, with most of their handsets featuring a strong, minimal look, and being clad in the deepest coolest black.

They work both as business phones and as feature-packed multimedia phones, as they’re phones to be taken seriously while also offering an enormous range of features.

The Samsung Omnia follows in this tradition. The Omnia was touted as Samsung’s answer to the Apple iPhone, and although it can’t match the iPhone in terms of user interface, it does come with a touchscreen, a beautiful minimalist design, and a range of features to make the iPhone quake.

As well as the 3.2″ touchscreen, the Omnia also comes with a 5 megapixel camera with face detection, 7.2Mbps downloads, 8GB of memory, pocket office, video recording, GPS, and all squashed into a phone just 12.5mm thin.

If the bloke in your life loves his gadgets, the Samsung Omnia must surely be on your list.

You can buy the Samsung Omnia today for free and get unlimited text messages, unlimited mobile Internet and £130 cashback thrown in. That’s some deal!


9. Nokia E90

Nokia E90 smartphone
If it was up to me, I’d put the Nokia E90 in top slot. It’s quite simply best mobile phone for browsing the Web that you can buy, and that includes the T-Mobile G1 and the Apple iPhone. The E90 has a full QWERTY keyboard(which the iPhone doesn’t), 3.2Mbps download speed (ten times faster the iPhone), and a huge 4″ screen, which makes the G1’s look like a tiny LCD screen in comparison.

The camera’s better (3.2 megapixels), there’s DVD-quality video recording at 30fps, GPS, Microsoft Office document editor, Wi-Fi, and quite literally everything else you could ever want in a mobile phone.

It’s only downside is its size – it’s not exactly a designer phone, more a brick, and people who expect less from a mobile phone will comment on it. But if the man in your life want to browse the Web at broadband speeds with a device that not only does everything, but does everything extremely well, get him a Nokia E90.

You can buy the Nokia E90 for free and get unlimited text messages and unlimited mobile Internet thrown in.


8. Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 smartphone

If the Nokia E90 is too much for your man in terms of size, then take a look at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. It does most of the things that the E90 does – 3.2 megapixel camera, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi and 3.2Mbps download speed – but it’s quite a bit thinner and smaller overall.

The disadvantage of this, of course, is that the Web browsing experience isn’t quite as good, as the screen is only 3″ in size, compared to the E90’s 4″.

However, if your man wants to surf the Web intermittently without being wedded to it, and he still wants a feature-packed phone, then the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 would suit him very well indeed.

You can buy the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 today for free and get unlimited text messages, unlimited mobile Internet, plus £120 cashback, all thrown into the same deal.


7. Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905 camera phone

The Sony Ericsson C905 is a beast of a camera phone. Featuring a huge 8 megapixels plus image stabilization, xenon flash and autofocus, it set the bar high for other camera phones to follow, and although other camera phone manufacturers have tried, the C905 is still considered one of the best around.

In addition to the huge megapixels the C905 supports, it also offers 3.2Mbps download speeds, GPS, FM radio, TV-out and an accelerometer.

If your man’s a bit of a photo nut, and again has to have a phone packed to the gills with features, he’ll love the Sony Ericsson C905.

You can buy the Sony Ericsson C905 today for free and get unlimited text messages, unlimited mobile Internet, and a whopping £155 cashback thrown into the deal.


6. Sony Ericsson W980

Sony Ericsson W980i Walkman phone

If music’s more your man’s thing, then check out the Sony Ericsson W980i. It’s one of Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phone, and it’s sleek style and superb features put it well above nearly all the other music phones on the market.

The W980i features a 3.2 megapixel camera, a whopping 8GB of storage space for storing literally thousands of tunes, has a great music application for sorting through all those thousands of tunes, and is quite possibly the best looking music phone out there today.

Better still, you can buy the Sony Ericsson W980i for free and get a free Nintendo Wii and £65 cashback thrown in. So, two pressies in one, both of which he’ll love, plus some extra cash in your pocket – what more could you ask for?!


5. Nokia N95 8GB

Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone

The Nokia N95 has been around for nearly 18 months now, but it’s still Nokia’s best-selling phone, and with good reason. The N95 comes with virtually every feature you could ever wish for.

5 megapixel camera, DVD quality video recording, GPS plus Sat-Nav navigation, Wi-Fi and 3.2Mbs download speeds, plus a massive 8GB of onboard storage space. IF your man is gadget obsessed, the Nokia N95 will do very nicely indeed.

That’s not all, though. Because the N95 has been around for a while, you can get some superb bargains.

You can buy the Nokia N95 for free, for example, and get unlimited texts, unlimited mobile Internet and get £130 cashback.

There’s a reason why the N95 has proven so popular – it’s quite simply every gadget lover’s dream phone, and now that it’s come down in price, it’s even more desirable.


4. Nokia N85

Nokia N85

If your man likes his games, then consider the Nokia N85. It’s another souped-up Nokia N-Series phone, and so offers all the toys he could wish for: GPS, 3.2 Mbps download speeds, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera, video recording, etc. But it’s also got another trick up its sleeve in the shape of a dedicated gaming chip buried deep inside and seamless connection to Nokia’s N-Gage gaming system.

This means that you can play first rate games on the N95 that are similar to a Nintendo DS, and download them wherever you are. You can even try the games before you buy them, and all without having to go near a PC.

It’s cheap, too. You can buy a Nokia N85 for free and get unlimited text messages, a free 8GB memory card, £65 cashback, plus an iPod Nano thrown in! That should really make his Christmas!


3. LG Renoir

LG Renoir KC910

OK, we’re down to the last three now, and it’s time to get out the big guns! In third place is the LG Renoir, a true beast of a camera phone. Like the Sony Ericsson C905, the Renoir features a huge 8 megapixel, but it also throws in auto-focus, face tracking, smile shot, blink detection, and a top quality Xenon flash for superb picture taking ability.

Not content with one of the best camera phones on the market, LG also made sure the video recording was top-notch, too. You can record in DVD quality at up to 120 frames per second, which lets you playback your videos in slow motion, should you want.

And if your man gets lost, there’s built-in GPS, while the 7.2Mbps download speeds plus Wi-Fi will ensure he can connect to the Internet whenever and wherever he likes at broadband speeds. And did I mention it’s touchscreen?!

The LG Renoir is one of the most feature-packed phones on the market today, and it’ll keep your bloke occupied for weeks just trying out every feature it has, which is exactly what you need on Christmas day!

You can buy the LG Renoir for free and get unlimited text messages, unlimited mobile Internet, £40 cashback and an iPod Touch all thrown in. This has to be one of the deals of Christmas 2008.


2. Samsung Pixon M8800

Samsung Pixon M8800 camera phone

Second placed phone goes to the gloriously-named Samsung Pixon M8800. The Pixon, as its name sort of implies, is a serious camera-phone – and we mean serious!

Featuring an 8 megapixel camera with face, smile and blink detection, it’s difficult to take a bad photo with the Pixon. Add GPS, 3.2″ touchscreen user interface, GPS, accelerometer, 7.2Mbps downloading, TV-Out and 8GB of storage, and you can see that the Pixon is one of the best specified mobile phones on the market today.

If your man simply has to have a phone with more features than any other, the Samsung Pixon is a must.

You can buy the Samsung Pixon M8800 today for free, and get unlimited text messages and £95 cashback thrown in.

Nokia N96

Nokia N96 mobile TV phone

And so, we come to our number one phone – the Nokia N96. The LG Renoir, Samsung Pixon and Nokia N96 are all competing fiercely this year, but in my opinion, the N96 edges it (but only just!). It’s not got quite the same size camera – a 5 megapixel version compared with the 8 megapixel monsters from LG and Samsung – but it’s got tonnes of other features that more than make up for it.

It’s got the usual array of gadgets – GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.6Mbps download speed, etc. But it also adds an accelerometer, an enormous 16GB of onboard storage – and mobile TV!

Yes, if your man’s a tellyholic, or just loves watching videos, the N96 not only lets him watch telly where he is, he can also record it, store it for later, or even pause live TV – just like a Sky+ box.

Quite simply, there’s no better multimedia phone on the market this Christmas, so if your man simply has to have the best, and wants it in a stylish sleek package, then go for the Nokia N96 and make him very happy indeed!

You can buy the Nokia N96 for free and get unlimited text messages and unlimited mobile Internet phone in for free.

If you decide to buy your man a phone this year, you won’t go wrong with any from this list, and with the amazing deals that are now online, there’s never been a better time to buy.

And if you’re buying for a girl in your life, check out our list of ten phones for women, too.