Whether you want a phone for playing music or movies, or just a great all-rounder, we've pulled together the best smartphones on the market from Apple to Android to Windows Phone.

No longer used just to make phone calls or send messages, our smartphones have become pocket-sized multimedia powerhouses, used for music, movies, controlling our AV systems, browsing the internet and much more. 

The biggest and best iPhones continue to be challenged by a flurry of the best Android phones we've ever seen. So what's on top of the pile? Here's our pick of the best phones you can buy in 2016.

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Best price £429 from Amazon

The LG G5 managed to surprise and subsequently impress with its modular design. Most notably with the dedicated Hi-Fi Plus DAC. A smartphone that sounds as good as a class-leading dedicated music player was the end result. Coupled with top-notch all-round performance makes this the best Android phone on the market.

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Tested at £590 / Best price £409 via Amazon

Samsung's Galaxy range is no stranger to five-star reviews and the latest incarnation is "bigger, better and seriously desirable". The curved design looks smart and has some genuine uses, the screen delivers great video performance, while hi-res music is supported. If you've got big enough pockets, this 5.7in screen phone is a winner.

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Best price £450 via Amazon

While everyone was getting excited about the cheaper iPhone SE, Apple was concentrating on making its flagship big-screen phone even better. Super-fast, and slicker than ever thanks to 3D Touch, it remains a brilliant phone for music and video. It may not be revolutionary, but if you're an Apple fan, it is the best iPhone yet.

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Best price £152 via Amazon

We were surprised by just how good the new Moto X phone is. Its specs may not make it stand out on the shelf, but once you start using it, you realise it has pretty much everything a budget phone needs.

The clean Android experience is great and the added Motorola touches are useful. On top of that, there's lightning fast performance, a wonderfully sharp screen and impressive customisation options.

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It's fair to say Windows Phone hasn't exactly taken the world by storm. But if you absolutely must have a Nokia, or you're a committed Windows fan, then this is our choice.

The Lumia 930 is easily the best Windows Phone we’ve reviewed. It has a great screen, lovely camera and video performance that competes with the top Android phones.

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