When Windows Phone 8 launched in 2012 it was looking to shake up the mobile market and differentiate itself from the dominant Android and iOS.

While Windows Phone 8 has increased Microsoft's presence in the mobile market, its popularity has dipped in the past year.

There's still hope yet though as Microsoft continues to persevere. The recently launched Windows Phone 8.1 replicates the popular features of Android and iOS whilst combining the comfort of home computing with the convenience of mobile.

We've looked at the Windows Phone devices on offer and picked out the best ones around to guarantee you get the best bang for your buck. Nokia still dominates the list but as a Microsoft entity, that's no surprise.

1. Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Price: from £84.99
Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.0 x 12.0 cm ; 124 g
Internal Storage: 8GB

It may not be the most expensive, most glamorous or most powerful smartphone but the Nokia Lumia 520 still stands firm at the top of our list.

We are yet to find a more perfect introduction to smartphone and Windows Phone 8 use. Considering its low price point, the Lumia 520 still boasts impressive specs with a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor and even a micro SD card slot if you want to expand your storage.

While it may not have all the fancy add-ons you expect from the top end phones, the Lumia 520 is still the most functional and fun Windows Phone on the market. It's certainly a winner in our book.

2. Nokia Lumia 1520

Noka Lumia 1520

Price: from £370
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 16.3 cm ; 209 g
Internal Storage: 32G

If big is what you're looking for then look no further than the Nokia Lumia 1520 with its 6-inch display. However, it's not just the screen that's big, this mobile beast is brimming with powerful specs crowning it our best Windows Phone Phablet.

The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone 8 device with a Full HD 1080p display. It's also the first to run on a quad-core processor, making it the ideal gadget for mobile media lovers.

You'd think all these features would result in an unattractive phone, but it's surprisingly sleek, even the impressive 20MP PureView camera barely bulks it out. Who says size doesn't matter? It certainly does with this bad boy.

3. Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

Price: from £290
Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 12.9 cm ; 141 g
Internal Storage: 16GB

Sleek, stylish and Nokia's only metallic Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 925 is the flagship 'standard' smartphone.

An update on the previous Nokia Lumia 920, the 925 offers a more premium finish. Although it is not entirely metal, it is however the slimmest of Nokia's designs.

Aside from the look, there aren't many differences between the 920 and the 925. It still houses one of the best smartphone cameras we've seen with its 8.7MP PureView lens. Just imagine the 920 but all grown up.

4. Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Price: from £369
Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.0 x 13 cm ; 159 g
Internal Storage: 32GB

With the highest spec camera out of all the devices in the Lumia range, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Nokia Lumia 1020 should be placed slightly higher on our top 10 list.

The Lumia 1020 has an impressive 41MP PureView camera with Xenon flash which means it does take superb shots. Nonetheless, the rest of the phone's features don't live up to scratch in comparison.

The screen and processor are no bigger than the 820 or 925 and therefore it's just not powerful enough. However, it's dropped a lot in price recently, and that, combined with the stunning photography ability, makes it really worth a look.

It's great for keen photographers but the camera is definitely the sole focus here. Best make sure you're on a good data plan if you want to share all your images.

5. Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 820

Price: from £285
Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.0 x 12.4 cm ; 159 g
Internal Storage: 8GB

The Nokia Lumia 820 has also overtaken the 920 as a much more affordable alternative.

The Lumia 820 is the first phone in the Lumia range with an interchangeable case, taking us back to the days of old Nokia devices. Now you can decorate your device to match your mood, occasion or even outfit.

This does make it chunkier than the likes of the 720, however its dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor and OLED ClearBlack display keep it firmly in front.