Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2
If price is your guide, Alcatel's OneTouch Fierce 2 is one of your lowest-cost choices. Otherwise, opt for a Motorola Moto G or Samsung Galaxy Avant instead.
Kyocera Hydro Life
The Kyocera Hydro Life delivers useful features for a low price, but its disappointing performance makes it worth considering only if you absolutely need a water-resistant smartphone.
LG G Vista
Given its midrange specs, the LG G Vista for AT&T and Verizon is a solid buy if you want a big "phablet" at a low cost.
The BlackBerry Passport's bullish focus on productivity spawns a fantastic keyboard, but its blocky shape makes one-handed use difficult.
Samsung Galaxy Avant
Its screen and camera disappoint, but Samsung's Galaxy Avant is one of T-Mobile's better options at this price.
Motorola Moto X ( 2nd Generation, Black)
The Motorola Moto X hits all the right notes, delivering stock Android inside a powerful high-end handset that you can customize yourself.
Motorola Moto G
Motorola's new Moto G exemplifies the budget Android phone, but if you prefer your data LTE-flavored, it's best to wait for that model.
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Apple iPhone 6 Plus ( 16GB, space gray)
The iPhone 6 Plus is too big for everyone to love it, but it's Apple's best phone this year. If your budget and your pocket can make room for it, give the iPhone 6 Plus serious consideration.
Apple iPhone 6 ( 16GB, silver)
The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
If you've been hoping for a fully-fledged flagship phone with all the bells and whistles of the the other elite mobiles just in a more compact size, prepare to be disappointed. The Galaxy S5 Mini matches the regular S5 in name and looks, but not in specs. If you're after a comfortable to use phone with the Samsung name and enough power for everyday use, it'll suit well. For a true compact flagship, look towards Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact.