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.
Nokia Lumia 635 ( black)
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.
Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
You'd be hard-pressed to find a phone for the size and price of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G that performs as well as it does.
Kyocera Hydro Vibe
The Kyocera Hydro Vibe is an unmemorable phone that can't outpace its competitors, and is only worth considering if water-resistance is a top priority.
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.
LG Optimus F3
If you’re looking for a compact Android handset, the LG Optimus F3 will satisfy prepaid customers. As an on-contract phone, however, look to other free smartphones that are better.
LG Optimus F7
Competitively priced, stylish, and sporting great midtier specs, the LG Optimus F7 is an excellent handset for U.S. Cellular customers.
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LG Optimus G Pro ( unlocked)
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.
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Huawei Ascend P2
The Huawei Ascend P2 features Android 4.2, a 13-megapixel camera, and a sleek design.
ZTE Groove ( Cricket Wireless)
While the ZTE Groove can make calls, pass it over in favor of better Cricket handsets.
Huawei Ascend W1
Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 device looks striking like Nokia and HTC's designs.
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.
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.
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.
ZTE Merit 990G ( Net10)
As an entry-level prepaid handset, the ZTE Merit is reliable, reasonably priced, and easy to use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 ( Sprint)
For those who seek an affordable and entry-level BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the way to go.
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.
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.
LG Thrive ( AT&T)
The LG Thrive is a decent entry-level Android smartphone for the prepaid crowd, but its limited data plan encourages us to look elsewhere.
Nokia E7 ( unlocked)
The Nokia E7 has some wonderful qualities, like great hardware and excellent battery life, but ultimately its inferior software trips up this business-oriented smartphone.
Nokia Astound ( T-Mobile)
The Nokia Astound is a beautifully designed and affordable smartphone for T-Mobile, but there are other budget-friendly options available with better performance and that are easier to use.
Samsung Zeal SCH-u750 ( Verizon Wireless)
Fans of the Samsung Alias 2 should love the Samsung Zeal's identical convertible flip design and e-ink keyboard. However, if you're not open to a learning curve, the Zeal has little new to offer.
Samsung Continuum ( Verizon Wireless)
More than just a gimmick, the Samsung Continuum's secondary display is a useful management and multitasking tool, but its constant flow of information might not appeal to everybody.