The Sonim XP7 stands up to the elements without sacrificing performance, but you'll need to decide if its durability is worth its premium price.
CAT B15Q ( black)
The Cat B15Q is a thoroughly rugged phone, but archaic connectivity options and a disappointing display keep it from shining outdoors.
Motorola Droid Turbo ( 64GB, black ballistic nylon)
Even with its hefty design, the Motorola Droid Turbo's robust battery, powerful processor and vivid display put it on the short list for Verizon customers.
Nokia Lumia 735 ( black)
Although the Lumia 735 doesn't have the best camera, it's colourful, curvy and comfortable, has a good display and an affordable price -- all of which go a long way to making up for it.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge ( charcoal black)
Samsung's swooshing Galaxy Note Edge is a triumph of novel design, but its high price tag and minimal extra usability make for a niche appeal.
Google Nexus 6 ( 32GB)
Although the Nexus 6 trails the slimmer Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in processor performance and native productivity features, it's still the most powerful pure Android handset available and the largest Nexus yet.
Huawei Ascend Y550 ( white)
Even with its affordable price, the Huawei Ascend Y550 offers little to get excited about. If you're after a budget Android phone, you'd be wise to look elsewhere.
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HTC Desire Eye
Although its flash-equipped front camera is eye-catching, its image results aren't as impressive as I'd hoped. Still, the flash will illuminate your face where other phones can't, and the Desire Eye comes with fun software, is well-specced and waterproof too.
Sony Xperia Z3v ( white)
Sony's variant on the Xperia Z3 is nearly the same excellent overall phone on Verizon, albeit with a slightly dated external design.
Huawei Honor 6 ( white)
Its software might not be perfect, but the Honor 6 packs an impressive lineup of specs for a brilliant price. If you want the crisp screen and fast speeds of the top-end phones but don't fancy the price tag, the Honor 6 is a great phone to go for.
LG G3 Vigor ( metallic black)
The LG Vigor has much of the same style and features of the G3, but at a fraction of the price.
Meizu MX4 ( white)
The Meizu MX4 may have the looks to stand toe-to-toe with the flagships -- as long as you like its squarish shape -- but its buggy software and poor performance mean you should steer clear for now.
Posh Memo S580 ( black)
Lackluster performance and a poor display make the dual-SIM Posh Mobile Memo not even worth its budget price.
Sharp Aquos Crystal ( white)
Don't fret about the unremarkable features -- the Sharp Aquos Crystal is a great buy with a compelling edgeless display that renders it unlike any phone currently on the market.
With alluring style and specs, LG's Tribute is one of the best budget phones you can find on Virgin Mobile.
LG G3 S ( metallic black)
The LG G3 S may come with the same name and physical design as its flagship brother, but the similarities are only skin deep. The G3 S's specs have been watered down in every way, making this little more than a low-end phone in a high-end body with a mid-range price.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ( gold)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus.
Verykool Quantum ( white)
Because of its insipid specs and performance, the Quantum isn't worth your while.
Nokia Lumia 530 ( dark grey)
Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.
Huawei Ascend Mate 7
Although it's let down by its awkward software, the excellent battery life and big, bright screen help make the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go.
The 3G-only LG Realm isn't a terrible phone, but $20 more gets you the Motorola Moto G's heartier hardware and better design.
With disappointing call quality and no features to speak of, the LG Unify's only value comes from the flexible service plan.
LG Wine III ( U.S. Cellular)
While the LG Wine III is a solid and reliable feature handset, U.S. Cellular has cheaper alternatives worth considering.
Sony XPERIA Z3 ( black)
The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.
Though the ZTE ZMax has some design flaws, they're minor enough to overlook if you want an incredibly inexpensive phablet off-contract.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact ( white)
Although it's a disappointment Sony hasn't increased the screen resolution along with its size, and the camera's quirks are rather odd, the Xperia Z3 Compact's improved design, vast amounts of power, decent battery life and waterproof body help it maintain its position as one of the best mini flagships around.
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.