The Android phones you should buyBuying almost anything pricey or important can be a stressful experience, and one of the goals over at gdgt is to make that experience easier when it comes to electronics. If you're in the market for a new Android smartphone we're here to give you our picks for the best options on each of the major carriers in the US. Don't worry, we won't just be telling you to go out and buy the most expensive option out there.
Across all four carriers
In the US, it's possible to pick up a manufacturer's flagship device on all four of the big carriers. Samsung's flagship device is the Galaxy S4, featuring a high-resolution display, faster processor, good battery, and an impressive camera. But if you're looking for an Android phone with a slightly more premium feel, then the HTC One is, uh, the one. Like the Galaxy S4, the One offers an impressive camera and nice display, but it also has an aluminum unibody design like Apple's iPhone. Both of these devices are available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, so if you need a high-end device, look no further.
For a cheaper alternative on AT&T, they're still offering the Galaxy S3 for just $99 on a two-year contract. Even though this phone is over a year old it is still a good phone. While its plastic body may turn some people off, it's very durable and, at the time of its release, it featured one of the best cameras on the market.
Sprint also has the Galaxy S3 available for $99 on a new contract, but an ever better deal is the LG Optimus G, currently free with a new contract. Like the S3, the Optimus G is an older model but it still offers a lot of good features. And at the price of free-ninety-nine, it's hard to beat.
Looking at the T-Mobile site every phone looks like a great deal because they ask for no money down, but if you dig a little deeper you'll see that T-Mobile spreads out the cost of the phone over 24 months. Knowing this, the best affordable option on T-Mobile is the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 has all the features of a top-end phone, but also a major drawback in its inability to connect to LTE. But chances are, if you're in need of a budget phone LTE isn't on the top of your list of features anyway. At just $432, or $18/month, the Nexus 4 will deliver on all fronts at that price point.
When it comes to Verizon there isn't a better option than the HTC DROID DNA for an affordable Android phone. Its battery life leaves something to be desired, but it offers an incredibly sharp display, solid camera, and a nice design and feel. Sadly, the phone is no longer listed on Verizon's site, which means finding one may be tough. If you've checked your local Verizon and Best Buy and can't find one then consider the Motorola DROID RAZR M.