ZTE Speed's competitive price may be tempting, but skip it for better prepaid handsets that are faster and more reliable.
Xiaomi Mi Note
The Mi Note showcases Xiaomi's top-class potential to the world -- it's just a shame so few outside Asia will get to see it.
ZTE Grand X Max+
Despite its few drawbacks, get the ZTE Grand X Max+ is a good, low-cost buy for a big-screen handset.
Oppo R5 ( silver)
Oppo has created a beautiful phone that shows plenty of promise, but it needs to iron out the kinks in its performance if it's to stand out against the cheaper competition.
ZTE Grand X
The ZTE Grand X will satisfy your basic smartphone needs, but the carrier has better prepaid handsets at the same price, if not cheaper.
If you're willing to trade screen size for a superior physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic is a fantastic productivity phone for old-school QWERTY junkies.
Get the Kyocera DuraForce if a rugged handset is a priority; otherwise, AT&T has other handsets in the same price range with better cameras and faster internal speeds.
Microsoft Lumia 535 ( green)
The Lumia 535's cheap price, big screen and colourful body earn it plenty of points, but its lack of 4G LTE, unimpressive display and sometimes sluggish interface mean this phone isn't suitable for anything more than the basics.
Posh Orion Pro X500 ( white)
The Orion Pro's disappointing features completely overshadow its low price and dual-SIM setup.
Although the YotaPhone 2's e-ink display is wonderfully novel, and can result in much better battery life, the phone needs to be considerably cheaper if it's going to be a sensible purchase over other Android phones.