Everyone deserves a cell phone that they can be proud of. But in college, I worked with a guy who kept his phone hidden in a blue sock at the bottom of his backpack (and it wasn't even a real Motorola). Don't be that guy; buy yourself a device that's worth showing off, but protect it in a proper carrying case. Today's cell phone roundup will help in that endeavor, as we've found five Editors' Choice deals on a variety of new and used smartphones. You can also check out our other smartphone deals for more options.
HTC One X 4G Android Smartphone for AT&T
Vendor: Best Buy via eBay
Price: $79.99 via coupon code "EBSAVE20" with 99-cent s&h
Lowest By: $20
Expires: August 6
Is It Worth It? According to Wired, "The HTC One X is one of the best smartphones on the market, and the best Android phone you can buy right now, period." Lightweight and fast, with a battery that lasts all day, this device rivals the iPhone 4S in everything but its built-in camera.
This quad-band GSM 4G phone features a 4.7" 720x1280 touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), and more. Note that a $36 activation fee applies.
Best Buy via eBay also takes 20% off other phones via coupon code "EBSAVE20".
Unlocked Samsung Captivate Glide 4G Android Smartphone
Price: $229.99 via coupon code "EMCNCHD94" with free shipping
Lowest By: $226
Expires: August 1
Is It Worth It?: This phone, according to techradar, features the best physical QWERTY keyboard of the AT&T cell phone options. The Samsung Captivate Glide's battery life impresses, too, as does its responsive interface. So if you want to text without having to abandon your Lee Press On Nails lifestyle, then this is the phone for you.
This quad-band GSM phone features a 4" 480x800 touchscreen Super AMOLED, Tegra 1GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, and Android 2.3.4 OS (Gingerbread).
LG Rumor Touch Prepaid Cell Phone for Virgin Mobile
Vendor: Best Buy
Price: $19.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $33
Expires: August 4
Is It Worth It?: Dial in to this deal on a touchscreen messaging phone whose interface "makes text messaging a breeze," says CNET. CNET also writes that call quality is great, and with a prepaid, no-contract plan, you won't be forever bound to an unworkable service plan. Just activate the device, and call away.
This dual CDMA phone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 240x400 touchscreen LCD, 2-megapixel digital camera, up to 2.5 hours of talk time, and more. Note that no-contract plans start at $35/month.
Samsung Google Nexus S 4G Android Smartphone for Sprint
Price: $79.99 via coupon code "Nexus10" with free shipping
Lowest By: $10
Is It Worth It?: While "this isn't a perfect device," according to Engadget, it has a lot going for it in terms of its software, operating system, user interface, and apps. You can thus potentially use device an intermediate step between cell phone and smartphone in order to get a feel for what Android is all about before deciding on a larger, more life-altering purchase.
It features a 4" 800x480 multi-touch AMOLED, 5-megapixel rear camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth, 16MB internal memory, Google Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), and more. Note that no warranty information is provided. Also, this used item may have cosmetic blemishes and missing accessories.
Apple iPhone 4 8GB Smartphone for Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint
Vendor: Best Buy
Price: $49.99 with free in-store pickup
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: It's time to let your iPhone 3GS die and pick up a new-to-you Apple iPhone 4 8GB Smartphone at a $50 discount (when you activate another 2-year contract with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint). This deal, applicable for all carriers, makes officially puts the non-refurbished iPhone 4S 8GB at its lowest price we've seen.
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 30 fps, 802.11n wireless networking, dual microphones, and more. Note that the Verizon and Sprint phones are also available for free shipping.
Front page photo credit: Mike Desjardins