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.
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.
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.
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.
The Vybe is a competitively priced device that'll please messaging enthusiasts and smartphone neophytes who don't want high-end features.
Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active ( AT&T, Ruby Red)
Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.
Samsung Galaxy S5 ( Copper Gold)
Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
First-time smartphone buyers get a lot for a little with Samsung's year-old Galaxy S3 Mini, but keep in mind that this is no high-end performer.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.
Apple iPhone 5s ( 32GB, Gold)
The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.