Phones

HTC 10
REVIEW

HTC 10 ( topaz gold)

Get the HTC 10 if you want a phone that delivers great audio. For all your other needs, look elsewhere.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 14, 2016
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Oppo R7 Plus
REVIEW

Oppo R7 Plus ( gold)

The Oppo R7 Plus is the best combination of mid-range specs we've seen on a phone at this price for some time.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 22, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Sony Xperia Z5
REVIEW

Sony Xperia Z5 ( graphite black)

Even with strong specs befitting a high-end phone, the Sony Xperia Z5 adds little over its predecessor to make it an exciting option over rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 19, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Motorola Moto X Pure
REVIEW

Motorola Moto X Pure ( 32GB, black)

If you're into self-expression and want a big phone, you'll benefit from the affordable Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. Otherwise, shop around.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 2, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual Sim
EDITORS' TAKE

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual Sim

This 5.7-inch beast of a midrange smartphone goes a step past the Lumia 640 in size and specs.

5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Nokia Lumia 830
REVIEW

Nokia Lumia 830 ( orange)

A great example of a Windows-based smartphone and a killer option for what it costs, although there's still not quite enough going on with Windows Phone to pull people away from Android or iOS.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 13, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Huawei Ascend Y550
REVIEW

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.

1.5 stars Editors' rating on November 7, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

Pricing not available

LG Tribute
REVIEW

LG Tribute

With alluring style and specs, LG's Tribute is one of the best budget phones you can find on Virgin Mobile.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 21, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition
REVIEW

HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition

Unless you need a great deal on earbuds, there’s no reason to buy the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 13, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
EE Kestrel
EDITORS' TAKE

EE Kestrel

EE's first branded smartphone costs just £100 on pay as you go. Here's what you need to know about this budget 4G blower.

5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Pricing not available

ZTE Altair
REVIEW

ZTE Altair ( Aio Wireless)

Consider Aio's ZTE Altair if you need an inexpensive QWERTY phone, but if you want a typical smartphone experience, shop around.

3 stars Editors' rating on January 28, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $49.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Virgin Mobile Awe
REVIEW

Virgin Mobile Awe

If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 8, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $99.00

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LG Optimus G Pro
REVIEW

LG Optimus G Pro ( Unlocked, Black)

Though it lacks a stylus and it won't fit everyone's lifestyle, the LG Optimus G Pro's beautiful touch screen and ultrafast CPU do this handset justice.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 11, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Huawei Ascend P2
EDITORS' TAKE

Huawei Ascend P2

The Huawei Ascend P2 features Android 4.2, a 13-megapixel camera, and a sleek design.

5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $525.00

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ZTE Groove
REVIEW

ZTE Groove ( Cricket Wireless)

While the ZTE Groove can make calls, pass it over in favor of better Cricket handsets.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on February 4, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $149.99

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Huawei Ascend W1
EDITORS' TAKE

Huawei Ascend W1

Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 device looks striking like Nokia and HTC's designs.

5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
LG Venice
REVIEW

LG Venice ( Boost Mobile)

Boost's LG Venice has respectable midrange specs including a snappy processor and a vivid screen, but if you want 4G data speeds, look elsewhere.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 9, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Pricing not available

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G
REVIEW

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G ( Boost Mobile)

Despite its age, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G offers solid performance, a vibrant screen, and a great multimedia experience, which makes it the top dog on Boost Mobile.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 26, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $369.99

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Sony Xperia P
REVIEW

Sony Xperia P ( black, unlocked)

If beauty is your only priority, the Sony Xperia P will certainly satisfy, but power isn't this unlocked phone's forte.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 16, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
ZTE Merit 990G
REVIEW

ZTE Merit 990G ( Net10)

As an entry-level prepaid handset, the ZTE Merit is reliable, reasonably priced, and easy to use.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 6, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $129.99

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Samsung Galaxy Note
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 30, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $749.99

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Jitterbug Plus
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 2, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Samsung Galaxy Appeal
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 4, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Coming soon from AT&T. Please check AT&T's website for additional phones.

LG Optimus Slider
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 18, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Samsung SPH-M370
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on February 9, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $19.99

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Samsung DoubleTime
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
BlackBerry Curve 9350
REVIEW

BlackBerry Curve 9350 ( Sprint)

For those who seek an affordable and entry-level BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the way to go.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 15, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
REVIEW

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket ( AT&T)

If you live in an area that gets AT&T's LTE network, we highly recommend the powerful and beautiful Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 9, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 4, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $399.99

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
REVIEW

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ( Verizon Wireless)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a significant step forward in mobile gaming, but it suffers from key hardware limitations.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 24, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes