An Ode to Android: 5 Smartphone Deals from $50

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

Sure, the iPhone may be great, but for those Android fans out there, we know what you like, too. These Android smartphones deals are great for folks on a budget but who won't sacrifice quality and design. Looking for another model? Check out our other Android phone deals.

  1. Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4G Android Smartphone
    Vendor: AT&T Wireless
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $150
    Expires: August 31

    Is It Worth It?: CNet says that this Samsung phone has all of the "high-flying specs" as the original Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Of course, given recent Samsung headlines, we may not see this phone for sale all that much longer. Either way, this Editors' Choice phone for AT&T Wireless is available in Ceramic White (pictured) or Carbon Blue for just $49.99. The 5.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen is huge, perfect for video playback and its nifty handwriting recognition feature.

    It features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1080p HD video, MP3 and AAC playback, 4G connectivity, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Google Android 2.3.6 OS (Gingerbread), and more. Note that a 2-year contract and $36 activation fee applies, and a 90-day warranty is included, though it's not clear who provides it.

  2. Motorola Triumph No-Contract Android Smartphone for Virgin Mobile
    Vendor: Radio Shack
    Price: $149.99 in-store
    Lowest By: $57

    Is It Worth It?: CNET calls this smartphone as "good as it gets in the pre-paid, no contract market," with its fast 1GHz processor and 2GB internal memory, quality 4.1" touchscreen LCD, clear audio, and quality rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing VGA camera. Where this phone falls short is in its OS: Android 2.2 has a tendency to hiccup quite a bit on this device. However, at $149.99, it's an Editors' Choice deal.

  3. HTC Wildfire S Android Phone for Virgin Mobile
    Vendor: Walmart
    Price: $69.88 with $2.97 s&h or free in-store pickup

    Lowest By: $44

    Is It Worth It?: Looking for a high-quality, pay-as-you-go smartphone for under $100? This no-contract Editors' Choice HTC Wildfire S for Virgin Mobile is just what you've been looking for. Priced at $69.88, CNet calls the HTC Wildfire S "a beautifully built Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset with a decent 5-megapixel camera and lots of additional software features." It also features a 3.2" 320x480 color touchscreen, 600MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel digital camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot (2GB card included), Android OS 2.3, and more.

  4. Unlocked HTC Desire C Android Phone with Beats Audio
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $185 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $22

    Is It Worth It?: Did the aforementioned phone leave something to be desired? The Unlocked HTC Desire C GSM Android Smartphone can be yours for a cool $185. "The C in the name doesn't only signify compact, it also stands for comfort and capability," says GSMArena. This quad-band GSM phone features Beats Audio (a sure hit with teenagers), a 3.5" 320x480 touchscreen LCD, 600MHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, GPS receiver, 802.11n wireless, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, speaker, Android 4.0 (with Ice Cream Sandwich, indeed), and more.

  5. Unlocked Mobile REXX Dual SIM Android Smartphone
    Vendor: eXpansys
    Price: $179.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $75

    Is It Worth It?: The Mobile REXX 52's standout feature is that it can accommodate two SIM cards, so you can make calls from two different numbers without switching out the cards. Meaning you can use it with your business number and your personal number at the same time! Get an unlocked version of the Mobile REXX 52 for just $179.99 — a full $75 under the lowest total price we've seen for an unlocked cell phone with a massive 5.3-inch screen. This GSM phone features a 5.3" capacitive touchscreen LCD, microSD slot, 5-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB connectivity, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), and more.

Front page photo credit: GizmoWebs

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