Even though the Chinese manufacturer isn't well-known in the U.S., Huawei is no stranger to Android phones. Its Huawei Ascend is Cricket's second Android phone. Running Android 2.1 and running $150, it's also a very good value for the prepaid network.
The Ascend's virtual keyboard comes with Swype built in, which means you can trace letters of the word you want instead of pecking at them. The standard touch-type keyboard is also available at any time.
The external buttons and toggles fit snugly into the burnished silver spines. There's the usual power button, microSD card slot, camera, trigger, and volume rocker, with a shared pivot cover for the 2.5-millimeter headset jack and the Micro-USB charging port.