No longer used just to make phone calls or send text messages, our smartphones have become pocket-sized multimedia powerhouses, used for listening to music, watching movies, controlling our AV systems, browsing the internet and more.
It’s been a busy few years for the smartphone market. The iPhone has been challenged by a flurry of the best Android phones we've ever seen, responding with the first big-screen iPhones, complete with new features. But was it enough to keep them ahead of the pack? Read on for our pick of the best phones around in 2016.
Tested at £549
"The best just got better", was our verdict on the iPhone 6S. There was nothing revolutionary here but there was enough by way of upgrades and new features to keep the Apple fans happy.
If you're not on board with Apple already there may not be anything to win you over here but this is a great handset made even better, which delivers excellent music and video performance to boot.
MORE: Apple iPhone 6S review
Tested at £590
If you want a super-size smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is our pick. Samsung's Galaxy range is no stranger to five-star reviews and the latest incarnation is "bigger, better and seriously derisable".
The curved design looks smart and has some genuine uses, the screen looks superb and delivers great video performance, while hi-res music is supported and sounds good. If you've got big enough pockets, this 5.7in phone is a winner.
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.
MORE: Motorola Moto X review
It's fair to say Windows Phone hasn't 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 best Android phones we've seen.
MORE: Nokia Lumia 930 review
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