5 Editors' Choice Smartphones: 3 iPhones, a Phone for Photogs, HTC One


Is it time to renew your AT&T or Verizon contract? Or time to just upgrade to the latest and greatest* iteration of the iPhone? Whether you're in the market for an Apple, Android, or Windows phone, this roundup of exclusively Editors' Choice smartphones is all about savings.
* Remains to be seen

  1. Nokia Lumia 521Nokia Lumia 521 Prepaid Windows Phone 8 for T-Mobile
    Store: HSN
    Price: $79.95 via coupon code "135235" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $36
    Expires: September 30

    Is It Worth It?: While the Nokia's Lumia 521 boasts "a better camera and more software features than you might expect for its [original] $150 off-contract price tag," a lack of LTE support, a mere 4" 800x400 IPS LCD screen, and no camera flash on its 5MP camera setup remind us its a budget smartphone through and through. However, that said, CNET does call it "one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform." What's more, HSN is offering this contract-free device for its lowest price ever.

  2. Samsung Galaxy S3Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB Android Smartphone for AT&T bundled with a $40 Walmart Gift Card
    Store: Walmart
    Price: 97 cents with free shipping
    Lowest By: $102

    Is It Worth It?: It may be a generation old, but the Galaxy S3 (in Blue, pictured, and White) is a beloved Android phone, which CNET says competes neck-and-neck with the HTC One X. Its feature include a 4.8" 720x1280 touchscreen SuperAMOLED display, 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, 1080p video recording, microSD / microSDHC, accelerometer, compass, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

    Want the new Samsung Galaxy S4 instead? The 16GB model is also available on AT&T at Walmart for $138 and comes with the same bundled $40 gift card.

  3. HTC OneHTC One 32GB 4G Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: The "HTC One gets what Samsung doesn't" and features impressive design and hardware, including Beats speakers and a screen that is "tack-sharp" with fantastic colors and deep blacks that look "great from any angle." Available in Blue (pictured) or Silver, the HTC One features a 4.7" 1080p touchscreen LCD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 32GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, HTC UltraPixel rear-facing camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 4G connectivity, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).

  4. Apple iPhone 4No-Contract Apple iPhone 4 8GB Smartphone
    Store: Virgin Mobile
    Price: $199.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $75

    Is It Worth It?: Not a fan of Android smartphones or contracts? Then look no further than the unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4. While it may be three generations old (and lack Siri), it's a great option for those who want a prepaid iPhone. It features an Apple A4 processor, 326-ppi (pixel per inch) Retina 3.5" display running at 960x640, gyroscope, front- and rear-facing cameras, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p video capture at 30fps, 802.11n wireless networking, and dual microphones.

  5. iPhone 5cApple iPhone 5c 16GB Smartphone for Sprint Preorders
    Store: Sprint
    Price: Free with free shipping
    Lowest By: $99

    Is It Worth It?: While Walmart was the first to discount the new iPhone 5c/s models, Sprint has done consumers one better. You can get your hands on the latest "cheaper, gently tweaked, more colorful" iPhone 5 iteration for as little as $0. The pictured iPhone 5c comes in five colors, features an Apple A6 processor, 4" 1136x640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 1080p video capture, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual microphones.

    The iPhone 5s will also be available from Sprint, though not for preorder. Each capacity is available in Gold, Silver, or Grey. The 16GB Apple iPhone 5s will set you back $99.99; 32GB $199.99, or the 64GB version for $299.99.

    Please note that these prices are only available to new customers who sign up for a 2-year contract and port their numbers to Sprint.

DealNews Contributing Writer

Joshua Nichol-Caddy has written for DealNews since 2011, applying his interest in and knowledge of bargain hunting to pen an assortment of weekly roundups, including the Best Travel Deals of the Week.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Emily Dovi (DealNews)
@Sloop06, whoops! You're right. We've updated the "Is It Worth It?" copy.

@NerdPatrick, you're also correct. Specs are updated as well.
They say that the iPhone 4 lacks a retina display but then tells you it has a 4 inch retina display. It does have a retina display.
The Nokia Lumia 521 has a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 8 GB built in storage plus microSD expandability up to 64 GB, a 4" screen with 800x480 resolution, and a 5 MP camera.

The specs listed are for a Nokia Lumia 1020!