Samsung Galaxy Alpha
If you love the high-end tech Samsung crams into its phones but hate the plastic bodies, the Galaxy Alpha may well be the phone for you. Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7-inch size makes it very comfortable to hold and use in one hand. Its low-resolution display is a big letdown, though, especially when you consider the high price of the phone, which does take the shine off an otherwise brilliant phone.
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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.
HTC Butterfly 2
It can't compete with the One M8's premium metal skin, but the HTC Butterfly 2's powerful camera and processor make it one of the company's best flagship phones.
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HTC One M8 for Windows ( 16GB)
While its camera isn't best-in-class and Windows Phone's underwhelming app selection still stings, the elegant and sophisticated HTC One M8 is an enticing alternative to Nokia models.
Verykool Spark s505 ( black)
The Spark is Verykool's best phone yet, but unless you need a dual-SIM phone, don't bother.
Asus PadFone X
Though it has last year's specs, the PadFone X marries two mobile devices into one convenient form at an affordable price.
ZTE Nubia 5S Mini ( black)
Smartphone photography buffs might be disappointed, but the ZTE Nubia Mini 5S is a capable, budget-friendly unlocked phone that should prove great for travel.
Xiaomi Mi 4
Xiaomi's Mi 4 offers almost everything you want in a high-end flagship smartphone -- beautiful design and snappy performance at a price that's just too good to pass up.
If you don't mind its extra bulk, the Kyocera Brigadier is a rugged and water-resistant device that delivers a modern smartphone experience for a low price.
HTC One Remix ( Verizon Wireless)
Verizon subscribers can't beat the polished-metal HTC One Remix for value and style.
HTC One E8 ( white)
The One E8 offers the high-end HTC experience in glossy colors and a plastic case, but without a unique selling point, there's little reason to buy this expensive device.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport ( electric blue)
Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport inches ahead of the original S5 by combining identical performance in a slightly more polished package.
Sony Xperia T3 ( black)
The Xperia T3 may not have the high-end specs of its top end brother, the Xperia Z2, but its big screen and good looks make it a fair choice for those of you looking for an attractive phone with a display large enough to enjoy movies on the go.
HTC Desire 616
The Desire 616 isn't one of the better HTC products we've seen this year, and you may want to give this a miss. There are cheaper and better alternatives such as the Asus ZenFone 5 or the Redmi Note.
Kyocera Contact ( Virgin Mobile)
Though the Kyocera Contact is inexpensive and easy to use, there are better, more reliable prepaid phones on this network and others.
Priced at $50, the LG Optimus L70 is one of the best 4G Android handsets on any prepaid network.
Kogan Agora 4G
There are better 4G phones to be found, but none of them come close to the low price tag on the Kogan Agora 4G.
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Sony Xperia M2 ( 8GB Unlocked, Black)
Although the Sony Xperia M2 looks pretty slick, it's let down by its low resolution display and its old version of Android, which makes even its affordable price way too high. For much less money, you could snap up the Moto G or spend a little more and pick up the older Xperia Z with its full HD display and waterproof design.
Amazon Fire Phone ( 32GB)
Despite its daring aspirations and 3D-like party tricks, the brave, new Fire Phone's lack of Google services will alienate anyone who expects the flexibility of a modern Android phone.
Kyocera Hydro Icon
The Kyocera Hydro Icon might be inexpensive and waterproof, but a general lack of noteworthy features and a rather poor camera make this one tough to recommend.
Nokia Lumia 930 ( white)
With its great display, brilliant camera and attractive, colourful design, the Nokia Lumia 930 has most of what you'd expect from a top-end Windows Phone device. It's battery lets it down though and with an unimpressive selection of apps still available from the Windows Phone store, a high-end Android device with a good camera will likely be a better option for many of you.
Nokia Lumia 635
With its fun design and cheap price, the Lumia 635 is a decent option to consider if you're after 4G LTE on a budget. It's only marginally more expensive than its near-identical 3G-only Lumia 630 sibling, so you should certainly opt for the 635. If you want a better selection of apps however, the Motorola Moto G is still the 4G phone to go for.
Oppo Find 7 ( astro black)
Oppo may have packed the Find 7 with the latest and greatest specs, but it faces stiff competition from the LG G3, which has similar specs but a better design.
HTC Desire 610
The HTC Desire 610 may be affordable, with an iPhone 5C-style plastic body, but its mediocre specs and poor screen resolution mean it's still not a good buy. For much less money you can grab the 4G Motorola Moto G, which has the same processor, Android KitKat software and a higher resolution display.
The T-Mobile 768 is a good option for those with modest needs and budgets, but don't expect anything more than making calls.
LG Xpression 2
Price-conscious users will dig the LG Expression 2's competitively low price, but AT&T has other feature phone alternatives that are worth the extra dough.
Nokia XL ( black)
Despite having the best specs of Nokia's Android phones, the XL's poor performance and confusing OS denies users Android's full potential and a true Windows Phone experience.
Motorola Moto G ( 4G LTE)
Although the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE is a bit pricier than its 3G-only sibling, it still has one of the best displays in the budget arena, its processor makes operation enjoyably smooth and its rounded, compact body is both comfortable and attractive. If you're after an affordable all-round entrance into the high speeds of 4G, you've come to the right place.
Xiaomi Redmi Note
The Xiaomi Redmi Note delivers a great display and satisfying performance at a low price, but skip it if you crave the most cutting-edge smartphone features.
ZTE Grand S Pro
The Grand S Pro is a good deal with a carrier agreement, but U.S. Cellular has other phones that are faster and more reliable.