Motorola Moto E
The Motorola Moto E is unquestionably cheap and has a set of specs that makes it more than capable of handling your basic everyday tasks. Its price, however, isn't much lower than the Moto G, which has a better camera, more powerful processor, improved screen and longer battery life. Unless you're shopping on a very tight budget, the Moto G is still the best value phone around.
HTC Desire 816
The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price.
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ZTE Prelude ( Aio Wireless)
Skip the ZTE Prelude altogether and nab another inexpensive prepaid handset, like the Nokia Lumia 521 or LG Optimus F6.
Kyocera Hydro Plus ( Cricket Wireless)
Though the Kyocera Hydro Plus is an inexpensive water-resistant phone with an included music service, skip it for better and even cheaper splash-proof alternatives.
With its swiveling camera mount and high tech specs, the Oppo N1 is easily today's most innovative smartphone that most people haven't heard of.
ZTE Source ( Cricket Wireless)
The ZTE Source offers Cricket customers inexpensive LTE, but if you can spare a bit more money, pass it over for better devices.
Huawei Valiant ( MetroPCS)
Despite its notable drawbacks, the Huawei Valiant is one of the better ultrabudget, off-contract Android smartphones.
ZTE Warp 4G ( Boost Mobile)
At $199 sans contract, the ZTE Warp 4G is the best choice for frugal shoppers on Boost Mobile.
ZTE Overture ( AIO Wireless)
With its fast processor and LTE, the ZTE Overture is a great deal from Aio Wireless and one of the carrier's best starter smartphones.
Consider the Huawei Vitria if you're looking for an affordable Android LTE phone, and aren't put off by entry-level specs.