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5 Editors' Choice Android Smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S4, Note II, and more

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Rumor has it that Samsung might soon release its famed Galaxy S4, Galaxy Mega 5.8, and Mega 6.3 in purple. But until that vivacious violet day, we've got a roundup of Android smartphone deals that'll have you swimming in green: all five are Editors' Choices.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Prepaid Google Android Smartphone for Virgin Mobile
    Store: Virgin Mobile
    Price: $199.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: While it's not Samsung's latest and greatest, CNET loves the S II for its "its sleek design [and] gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display." We love it for its reaching a rock-bottom price of $200. Available as a prepaid option in Titanium (it's the fourth deal on the page), this quad-band CDMA phone also boasts a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel camera with flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, wireless connectivity, and Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).

  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II 4G Android Phone for Sprint
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $19.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: A step up from the original Note, the second-generation is powerful and boundary-pushing and, with a 2-year Sprint contract, this deal puts the CDMA phone at the best price we've ever seen. Features include a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5" 1280x720 touchscreen AMOLED, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, MP3 and ACC playback, 4G LTE connectivity, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Android 4.1 OS (Jellybean), and more. Plus it's available in either White (pictured) or Titanium Gray.

    A 2-year contract is required and a $36 activation fee applies.

  3. Samsung Galaxy S4 4G Android Smartphone for Verizon bundled with $50 Dell Gift Card
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $129.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $40

    Is It Worth It?: If you're truly after Samsung's latest and greatest, this deal on the S4 is for you. It's even tied with last week's mention as the lowest total price we've seen for this newly-released phone, which receives praise for its camera, software, and storage capacity. It features a 5" 1920x1080 Super AMOLED touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Google Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

    A 2-year contract is required and a $35 activation fee applies.

  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T
    Store: AT&T
    Price: $100 at checkout with free shipping
    Lowest By: $68

    Is It Worth It?: No, you're not seeing double; this is in fact the same phone as above, in all its hip-tech glory. But, whereas the above deal is available through Verizon, here's a discount for the AT&T users in the group. It doesn't come with a gift card, but it's $60 under our mention from just over a week ago and the lowest total price we've seen for the AT&T version. In addition to White Frost (pictured), it's also available in Red Aurora or Black Mist.

    A 2-year contract is required and a $35 activation fee applies.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Active S4 4G Smartphone for AT&T
    Store: AT&T
    Price: $100 at checkout with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: While there's no gift card to accompany this iteration of the S4, you can have a little more fun with this model, which was released just last week. The Samsung Galaxy Active S4 comes in appropriately named Dive Blue (pictured) or Urban Grey and can survive three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. This smartphone also features a 5" 1920x1080 TFT LCD touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera (which is designed to take underwater pictures when set to "Aqua Mode"), 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Google Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

    A 2-year contract is required and a $36 activation fee applies.

  6. LG Optimus L9 No-Contract Android Smartphone for T-Mobile bundled with $50 Prepaid Refill Card
    Store: T-Mobile
    Price: $190 via coupon code "JUNESAVINGS" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $40

    Is It Worth It?: It's not a Samsung, but the LG Optimus is "a reliable midlevel handset." Plus, with no contract and the bundled $50 prepaid card (which appears in-cart) you're already saving $40. This phone features a 4.5" 540x960 color touchscreen, Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB on-board memory, front-facing camera, 1080p HD video recording, 802.11g wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, and Android OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).


Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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mbajis
Now, if you could explain why one would want to buy an android phone in the first place? Does it have any advantages over a windows phone 8?
scrane96123
Thank you for not putting the stupid iPhone. Not an Apple fan. They sell over priced crap. You can get a PC that is twice as powerful as a Mac for half the price. When asked why they bought an apple computer apple fans would usually respond by saying "Oh, well it doesn't get viruses!". You know why macs don't get viruses often... Because less than 10% of people have a mac and if you're creating a virus you want to hit the most amount of people possible, so why on earth would the creator of a virus only want the potential to hit less than 10% of people instead of 90%. That's why the PC gets more viruses because it has a larger consumer base.