Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ ( 32GB, gold platinum)
Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ if you love the idea of a wraparound screen; otherwise, you'll be able to find less expensive phones that do nearly as much.
Motorola Moto G Late 2015
With added water resistance and a better camera, the LTE-enabled Moto G is one of the best affordable unlocked smartphones around right now.
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime ( grey)
One of Verizon and MetroPCS' least-expensive phones, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime makes a decent entry-level choice, but it still isn't as good as the competition.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro ( gold)
The Mi Note Pro has what it takes to compete with current top phones, but few outside China will get to actually experience its power.
LG Lancet ( blue)
Though the LG Lancet is reliable and inexpensive, the Microsoft Lumia 735 gives you more for your money.
LG G Stylo ( titanium)
Though the LG G Stylo's stylus is more of an afterthought, it's still a highly affordable big-screen handset.
LG Volt 2
The LG Volt 2 is a solid performer, but there are better options to sift through at this price.
Affordable LTE connectivity and a long-lasting battery may be hampered by meager call quality, but the low price tag just might sway the right folks.
Huawei P8 Lite ( black)
The Huawei P8 Lite's affordable unlocked price is compelling, but the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a much better deal.
Xiaomi Redmi 2
The low price of the Redmi 2 makes it an appealing option, but you'll be better off paying a bit more for Xiaomi's more premium offerings if you can afford to do so.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active ( camo white)
AT&T customers looking for a sturdier handset will find the Galaxy S6 Active a worthy upgrade to an already top-caliber phone.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua ( black)
The M4 Aqua starts well with its luscious looks and affordable price, but the abysmal camera and storage woes quickly take the shine off an otherwise decent handset.
The BlackBerry Leap ditches a physical keyboard to lure folks looking for a modern smartphone experience, but a lack of apps and a lackluster camera keep this device behind the competition.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE ( matte white)
It's no flagship, but the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE offers a solid big-screen experience at a budget price point that's hard to beat.
Huawei Honor 6 Plus ( black)
With its good screen, strong processor and solid camera, the Honor 6 Plus is well-equipped for most all the social-networking fun you could want and doesn't ask for much cash in return. It's a shame about its clunky, outdated software, though, which does somewhat take the shine off.
Asus ZenFone 2 ( 5.5in, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
The Asus ZenFone 2 is too expensive for its above-average ability, but if the price agrees with you, the smooth performance and splendid low-light camera won't disappoint.
Kyocera DuraXV ( with Camera)
Durable and water resistant, the Kyocera DuraXV is one of the most capable feature phones available.
Despite its strong battery life, Huawei's entry-level Android-powered SnapTo fails to live up to rival phones that cost the same or less.
Xiaomi Mi 4i
The Xiaomi Mi 4i packs in a surprising level of polish and solid performance for a low-cost global handset.
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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
Feature-rich cameras and an attractive build help push Cricket's prepaid Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime past other budget rivals that also cost under $200.
The LG Logos won't impress passers-by, but the general performance doesn't disappoint, and the price is just right if your needs are simple. Just make sure US Cellular's coverage works for you.
Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Single Sim
The great screen and camera make the Lumia 640 a brilliant phone for anyone on a budget who wants an alternative to Android -- so long as you aren't too bothered about apps.
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
Delivering midrange features at an entry-level price, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is the company's best smartphone to date -- and a great deal for the money.
The Huawei P8 lacks some of the shine of its flagship phone rivals, but it still delivers an uncompromising mix of features and performance for a far cheaper price.
ZTE Blade S6
Though it looks like the iPhone 6, the ZTE Blade S6 feels like a cheap Android phone. However, its low price and some useful features makes this a viable choice for those on a budget.
Motorola Moto G ( 2015)
The big screen, 4G LTE data speeds and low price make the Motorola Moto G a solid choice both for people who want to watch movies on the move and for smartphone newbies.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge ( 64GB, black sapphire)
Samsung's striking, high-end Galaxy S6 Edge has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition.
HTC One M9 ( 32GB, gun metal)
The updated HTC One M9 packs speed and software improvements into a handset that remains lustworthy in middle age, but it doesn't exceed the competition where it counts.
Motorola Moto E ( 2015, black)
The Moto E delivers in enough of the right areas to make it a fantastic option for a tight budget.
Samsung Galaxy S6 ( 32GB, white pearl)
Worldly looks and top-notch specs make the impressive, metal Samsung Galaxy S6 the Android phone to beat for 2015.