ZTE Merit 990G ( Net10)
As an entry-level prepaid handset, the ZTE Merit is reliable, reasonably priced, and easy to use.
Samsung Galaxy Note ( T-Mobile)
With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens extra-large will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will simply be too big.
Jitterbug Plus ( GreatCall)
Though the senior-aimed Jitterbug Plus is easy to use and has good call quality, it's overpriced for its low-end features.
Samsung Galaxy Appeal ( AT&T)
The Samsung Galaxy Appeal delivers basic Android 2.3 functionality with a slide-out keyboard and wallet-friendly price, but there are performance and design trade-offs.
LG Optimus Slider ( Virgin Mobile)
If you like a real keyboard on a no-contract, reasonably priced handset, the LG Optimus Slider is a good contender. Just remember its low specs and boxy build.
Samsung SPH-M370 ( Sprint)
The comfortable Samsung SPH-M370 is a basic flip phone that does what it says, unadorned and unembellished, and at the right price.
Samsung DoubleTime ( AT&T)
Those of you looking for a more unique, eye-catching design will appreciate the Samsung DoubleTime's petite hinging face with two screens and comfortable keyboard. However, the lower-end specs and outdated Android OS do the phone no favors.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 ( Sprint)
For those who seek an affordable and entry-level BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the way to go.
Samsung Galaxy S II ( T-Mobile)
The Samsung Galaxy S II ranks as one of T-Mobile's most powerful and feature-rich Android smartphones, but it's somewhat pricey.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G ( AT&T)
AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G is ideal for gamers, but we'd prefer to see more-accurate controls, a few more features, and a faster data network.