5 Android Cell Phone Deals: HTC EVO for 1 cent, Samsung Galaxy S II for $140

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

Looking for a new cell phone that isn't an iPhone? We've rounded up the best bargains on Android phones for you to compare. In fact, four of these are Editors' Choice deals at rock bottom prices. Can't find the right phone for your needs? Check out our other cell phone deals for more models.

  1. HTC EVO 4G LTE Android Smartphone for Sprint
    Store: Amazon Wireless
    Price: 1 cent with free shipping
    Lowest By: $99

    Is It Worth It?: CNET says the HTC EVO is "light-years better than its predecessors and flaunts enough features plus a delectable design to strike real fear in the hearts of competitors Samsung and Motorola." With the activation of a new line of service with a 2-year agreement, you can get it in Black (pictured) from Amazon Wireless for 1 cent! That's a current price low by $99 and earns an Editors' Choice mark, though a standard $36 activation fee applies.

    It features a 4.7" 720x1280 touchscreen LCD, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 8- and 1.3-megapixel cameras, Beats Audio, microSD slot with 16GB card, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and more.

  2. LG Optimus Slider Android Phone
    Store: Virgin Mobile
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: Here's a perfect cell phone for the teenage texter, as PCMag calls it "a solid keyboarded smartphone, and a really good value when you factor in Virgin's inexpensive plan pricing." Get it contract-free from Virgin Mobile for just $49.99 — the best price we've seen for this phone and an easy Editors' Choice.

    This phone features a 3.2" 320x480 capacitive touchscreen display, 800Mhz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), and more.

  3. Used Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Android Phone for Sprint
    Store: CowBoom
    Price: $139.99 via coupon code "GALAXYS20" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $182

    Is It Worth It?: One of the most striking developments of the smartphone market in 2012 was the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S III. But surely its predecessor paved the way for its success. Technophilic says of the Samsung Galaxy S II, "This phone will simply blow any potential buyers away with the total package of hardware and software," and it can be yours for $139.99 after the coupon. That's $15 under our October mention and the best no-contract deal we've seen for this phone and earns it an Editors' Choice designation.

    This CDMA phone features a 4.3" 480x800 Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display, Samsung Exnyos C210 1.2GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel camera with 4x zoom and auto-focus, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video capture, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, wireless connectivity, GPS, and Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread). Warranty information was not provided; also, be aware that this used item may be missing accessories and have cosmetic blemishes.

  4. Motorola Photon Q 4G Android Smartphone for Sprint
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: Free with free shipping
    Lowest By: $120

    Is It Worth It?: Engadget calls the Motorola Photon Q "the best full QWERTY phone on Sprint's network," featuring "one of the finest physical keyboards we've used on an Android device in quite some time." Get it from Best Buy for free with activation of a new 2-year contract. (It's also available from Amazon Wireless for just a penny.) Words like "free" will often lead to an Editors' Choice selection, and that's the case here, though a $36 activation fee does apply.

    Features include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3" 540x960 ColorBoost LCD, up to 7.5-hour talk time, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel 1080p rear camera, 720p front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).

  5. Unlocked ViewSonic ViewPhone 3 Android Phone
    Store: eXpansys
    Price: $114.99 with $3.99 s&h

    Is It Worth It?: The main attraction to the ViewPhone 3 is its dual SIM capability, which allows businesspeople who need to juggle two different plans, service providers, or cell phones to roll them in to one phone. At $114.99, this deal ties our mention from last week and is the lowest price we could find for this unlocked phone.

    It features a 3.5" touchscreen LCD, 800MHz processor, microSD slot, 5-megapixel camera, dual SIM card slots, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, MP3 player, and Google Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread).

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