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 2017.

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Best smart phone

LG G5 with Hi-Fi Plus DAC

Reviewed on 13th April 2016

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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Best big-screen Android phone

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Reviewed on 23rd September 2015

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 iPhone

Apple iPhone 7

Reviewed on 30th September 2016

The removal of the headphone jack may have caused a kerfuffle, but this phone makes all-round improvements on its successor, including sound quality.

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 budget phone
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Motorola Moto X (2014)

Reviewed on 14th November 2014 at

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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Best Windows phone
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Nokia Lumia 930

Reviewed on 23rd September 2014 at

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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