Motorola Moto E ( black)
The Motorola Moto E is unquestionably cheap and has a set of specs that makes it more than capable of handling your basic everyday tasks. Its price, however, isn't much lower than the Moto G, which has a better camera, more powerful processor, improved screen and longer battery life. Unless you're shopping on a very tight budget, the Moto G is still the best value phone around.
HTC Desire 816 ( grey)
The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price.
ZTE Prelude ( Aio Wireless)
Skip the ZTE Prelude altogether and nab another inexpensive prepaid handset, like the Nokia Lumia 521 or LG Optimus F6.
Kyocera Hydro Plus ( Cricket Wireless)
Though the Kyocera Hydro Plus is an inexpensive water-resistant phone with an included music service, skip it for better and even cheaper splash-proof alternatives.
ZTE Source ( Cricket Wireless)
The ZTE Source offers Cricket customers inexpensive LTE, but if you can spare a bit more money, pass it over for better devices.
Huawei Valiant ( MetroPCS)
Despite its notable drawbacks, the Huawei Valiant is one of the better ultrabudget, off-contract Android smartphones.
ZTE Warp 4G ( Boost Mobile)
At $199 sans contract, the ZTE Warp 4G is the best choice for frugal shoppers on Boost Mobile.
ZTE Overture ( AIO Wireless)
With its fast processor and LTE, the ZTE Overture is a great deal from Aio Wireless and one of the carrier's best starter smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Ring ( Virgin Mobile)
Pass on the slow, disappointing Samsung Galaxy Ring in favor of LG's superior Optimus F3.
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.