Other than a few tweaks, the newly announced ZTE Sonata 2 sounds very similar to its predecessor, the Sonata 4G.
Starting October 10, prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless will sell the ZTE Grand X Max, a 6-inch smartphone that sports an 8-megapixel camera and Android 4.4.
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.
The ZTE Source offers Cricket customers inexpensive LTE, but if you can spare a bit more money, pass it over for better devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Discover is an affordable prepaid Android choice, but weak call quality and short battery life make the Kyocera Hydro a better Cricket option.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 for Cricket's best midrange value, though a few performance drawbacks mar the experience.
Though it's devoid of even midlevel features, the Kyocera Kona manages to be an excellent flip phone.
While the Alcatel Authority can serve as a first foray into Android, there are better basic smartphone deals to be found on Cricket.
Cricket's LG Optimus Regard is an excellent choice as an entry-level Android phone, but look elsewhere if you care about photo quality or don't have adequate 4G coverage.
While the ZTE Engage flaunts a sturdier design and better screen than most ZTE handsets, it's a poor performer where it counts the most.
While the ZTE Groove can make calls, pass it over in favor of better Cricket handsets.
A fantastic price and clear call quality make the Samsung Chrono a top pick for U.S. Cellular customers who are looking for just the essentials.
Though the ZTE Score makes satisfying calls, the phone's main selling point, Muve Music, has a long way to go. The spotty network connection and internal lag time weren't worth the unlimited song downloads. A combination of a quality phone and another cloud music service is the better approach.
If you have no interest in smartphones but want an audio player with unlimited song downloads, the budget-friendly Chorus delivers great song and call quality, but its display is extremely unresponsive.
With its dual cameras, strong processor, and attention to camera detail, the Huawei Mercury tops Cricket's charts for a non-Muve Music smartphone, but insatiable Web surfers may still want to shop around.
The Samsung Vitality is a competitive midrange Android smartphone that complements Muve Music's potential.
The Huawei Ascend is a well-priced prepaid starter smartphone for those who don't mind more-modest specs.