The $299 Blu Life View serves up a huge 5.7-inch display, runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, is unlocked, and bears dual SIM card slots.
At $280, the Vortex is a good deal for a rugged phone, but those looking for a high-end Android phone should look elsewhere.
The unlocked $229 Blu Life Play offers Android Jelly Bean on the cheap, but getting the more expensive $299 LG Nexus 4 would be a wiser decision.
Although it doesn't have LTE, the ZTE Nubia 5's impressive specs and reliable performance make it a great value for an unlocked, high-end phone.
Verykool's premium Black Pearl is far from high-end, but its unique features, like the dual-SIM setup, make it one of the better unlocked low-cost smartphones out there.
Coming in four different colors, the Xperia M also sports a 4-inch screen, a dual-core processor, and NFC.
There's a lot of talk about dual-core, even quad-core, processors on smartphones, but what does it all really mean? CNET editor Bonnie Cha offers some basics to understanding processors in this month's installment of Smartphones Unlocked.
Equipped with a 2-megapixel camera, dual-SIM capabilities, and a four-row QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia Asha 210 is a budget-conscious feature phone bound for Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Debuting in January during CES, the ZTE Grand S finally launches in the US with preorders beginning October 5.
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The Galaxy Grand smartphone helps you get more out of your phone with its 5-inch screen, dual-SIM capabilities, and a Multi Window feature.