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Motorola Moto G (GSM)
Avg. Rating:
4.4

Amazing Phone! by sounday
Just got the Moto G a couple days ago, Ordere it from Motorola directly ( GSM Global 16 GB ) and also a Chalk Back Cover, the first impression was the…

Perfectly adequate all-day phone by Globhead
It's no miracle phone. I think mainly it is a combination of Motorola choosing to make a reasonable mid-range phone, which for some reason is an unde…

Moto G XT 1032 16GB by Mark_S
Probably the best more budget conscious mid-range smart Android phone on the market today. Other than the missing LTE radio and Micro SD port which th…



Apple iPhone 5s
Avg. Rating:
4.1

iPhone 5S is the truth!! by iPhone4user
Everything about the 5S is sweet, I traded my 5 in for it and I can honestly say that I have no regrets. The best part about the 5S is the fingerprint…

Was expecting more... by rompn4x
After using my 4s for the whole 2 years (first time i've ever kept a phone for the full contract) the battery was finally starting to fade and I decid…

very poor reception by bhale
First of all let me preface this by saying that this is my first foray into "Appledom". As such it's like learning a new language and many of the prob…



Nokia Lumia 521 / 520
Avg. Rating:
4.13

I Love You Nokia and T-Mobile by Drunk
Got this phone on T-mobile for a few bucks to try it out. I'll start by saying I'm a big fan of T-mobile. I love the lady in pink and I love the SIM c…

411 on 521 by dazzler1972
As a user of many windows phone 7 phones, seeing this great deal from HSN I tried it out for now 2 weeks. First off, for the price you will not find a…

Above Average by robertebrush
Pro's: many Con's: battery lasts 5 hour MAX, sound quality on calls could be better. Screen is average, size and thickness is great. Surfing web is g…



Samsung Galaxy S 4 (GSM)
Avg. Rating:
4.58

Samsung Galaxy S 4 for T-Mobile by patwackp
What can I say? Samsung has out done themselves yet again. First with the Galaxy S, then Galaxy S2, S3 and now the S4. Each time improving on the prev…

Pretty Sweet by amdmanken
I recently switched from the Note 2 and I am pleasently surprised. I had concern reducing the screen size along with a smaller battery. I have found t…

Beast of all Beast phones! by ested23
Fabulous phone. The phone is sleek, easy to use, BEAUTIFUL SCREEN! Clear and crisp. Camera....super clear (13mp). sound quality, call quality....gre…



HTC One SV
Avg. Rating:
4.6

One of the best Mid Range Phone of 2013 by F_Rod_221
Pro: -Android version 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) [Latest update] -Sprint LTE (Good reception in NYC) -Battery [Talk: 17 hours max.] -Storage expansion: m…

Excellent Phone, But... by Dude2000TheMan
Pros: Super fast; Beautiful screen; Quick and feature rich camera; Very stable; 4G LTE; Decent battery life; Thin and sleek; Decent amount of accesso…

AWESOME PHONE!!! by Nachoman3
I just go this phone a week ago (Cricket), and so far it is far SUPERIOR to my last phone (SII Skyrocket-AT&T). Biggest difference... 4G LTE!!! AT…



ZTE Z431 / Altair
Avg. Rating:
4

ZTE Z431 by Mark_S
Very capable QWERTY messaging phone. Voice and reception quality quite good. Screen nice and clear. Battery could be somewhat better. One critic…

Decent, capable quick messnger with some flaws by maram500
In short, the ZTE Z431 isn't a terrible phone, but it leaves me lacking. Design-wise, it's very reminiscent of older BlackBerry devices with a QWER…

Cheap as cheap does by booksbenji
I don't like the ZTE Z431, a $ cheap price phone. I don't care 4 the OS(BREW), can't download games, apps unless there's one 4 Brew OS, there never is…


Finally all grown up..LOL by LOUcifer
I jumped on the Android bandwagon somewhat early with the original Droid from Verizon as I didn't want to be like everyone else with their iDevice. T…

My first iPhone is everything I hoped it would be... by brenteesha
I finally decided to get an iPhone, after wanting one for a year or two. I had toyed with the idea, but got lured in by high end Android devices and t…

Simply amazing compared to other iPhones by newjerseybrotha
When you look at the history of the iPhone, you will be happy to have the iPhone 5. It far exceeds the others, and holds its own in the smartphone wor…


hidden specs by Orange Juice.Box
I've had this phone for a while now and I must let you know that I have also rooted it Pros of having it rooted 1.5 Ghz clocked speed after roo…

Amazing phone - Who would have thought? Very Happy!!! by orlavin
The LG Motion 4G for Metro Pcs is amazingly good. Here is my story, I had AT&T, which was the best, but the bills were too high. Then I went to Spri…

Great little phone! by lrwilliamsjr
I've had my LG 'Motion' 4G for several days now and, so far, I've been VERY happy. The phone is compact, lightweight, and fits easily in both hand and…



HTC One V
Avg. Rating:
3.5

Review from a CRICKET customer, not a VIRGIN customer by sbc.cgu
Just a clarification that the two prior reviews who gave this phone really bad ratings are actually VIRGIN customers, not CRICKET customers. Each car…

Incredible Specs by Geekasaurus
I am replacing my old Droid Incredible and found that this phone has almost identical specs. My Incredible cost me several hundred dollars plus a 2 ye…

This is a really nice phone for the money. by det2kas
This is a very nice phone. It is slim and feels very nice in the hand. Prior to this phone, I had the LG Optimus S. This is a perfect upgrade with …



Samsung Galaxy S III (CDMA)
Avg. Rating:
3.96

Best Android Phone I have used! by jamestan23
I began my Android journey with a Samsung Moment (Android 2.1), and followed up with a Samsung Epic 4G (Android 2.3). My experience improved when I up…

1st Impressions - Not Impressed Buyers Remorse by MadFatMan
My HTC EVO 4G Finally Gave up the ghost after being RUN HARD since May 2010... I waited for the iPhone 5 - Disappointed in what Apple's offering wa…

Simply the BEST!!! by quikfeat
Android/Samsung has closed the gap on the iPhone-looking at the specs, the only thing superior is Siri. Other than that the Galaxy S3 is fast, calls a…



Kyocera Hydro / Hydro Plus
Avg. Rating:
3.92

Battery life by miltsee51
Battery life is not what it claims to be. I should not have to charge once /day. not when the phone is not in constant use. The phone is on the eco mo…

Spectacular by tsimpson
Every single feature on a phone is average to slightly better on this one except: Display. Look at the specs here, and if you can live with that y…

First ~ Last by Lazzer_D
Kyocera Hydro... It's the first smart phone I've ever owned... I couldn't have picked a better phone... Pros: Where do I start... 1} Water…



Huawei Mercury
Avg. Rating:
4.34

Cricket's topof the line android by sueoh
Huawei has released a middle entry level android cell. I've used both ascend android cells. The Mercury is definitely the best to date for Cricket. …

Surprisingly Awesome! by MPshe
I work in the wireless industry. My 11 year old son wanted a smart phone like mine more than anything else for his birthday. I didn't want to get hi…

Crazy Little Thing Called Muve by GravityFails
It'll save me some trouble to simply rush headlong to the point; it's a hard life for wireless OEMs in North America; each company is under pressure t…



ZTE Score M / Score
Avg. Rating:
2.38

The Score gets a negative Score. by tgc1980
I don't want to give a fancy introduction. Here's the truth of the matter: Pros: Nice camera. Slim phone. Cons: Bad signal (I used it on cric…

bad by lgrevest
bad phone! my sister saw this phone bought it and it was bad. slow, slow networks, not supported by flash..... do not get this phone…

You get what you pay for by GlamDoll
$25 for this 3G Android phone for Metro PCS. You can't expect much. If you're wistful for the days of desktop PC's with 256 mb's RAM & Pentium III p…



Apple iPhone 4S
Avg. Rating:
4.53

iphone 4S by AngiMen
I've had the 4S for about 3 months so I feel ready to give a realistic review. IT'S GREAT! The camera is much improved with crystal clear quality…

The best phone I have ever owned. by walpoleauto
I usually change up my phones once every few months because I get sick of them quickly. It's safe to say that I have had this phone for over a year a…

Almost a year and it still can't be beat. by justfinethanku
I've been using this phone since the day it came out and I am incredibly happy with the quality of every single aspect of this phone. Apple is due…



Samsung Admire / Vitality
Avg. Rating:
3.18

No Good. by orlavin
Pros: Calls are clear Speaker is good Cons: Battery Life Touchscreen is bad Lags Freezes Slow Processor Camera Keep looking, this phone …

My first touchscreen phone by GlamDoll
This is My 1st touch phone. I have resisted using any phone that didn't have a QWERTY keyboard til now, but was convinced to give the Samsung Admire…

Not So Good Don't buy by bobbyserrano2010
i just bought this phone from best buy 2 days ago sadly i had to return it the next day. okay for the price of 59 dollars for a smartphone its okay. b…


Samsung is coasting downhill by TheDudeAbides
The Comment is only capable of 1x service, so you can't pull up youtube, and minimal Internet usage is difficult. The keyboard got stiffer and stiffe…

R380/ Freeform3 by Mark_S
The Freeform trilogy has produced 3 decent QWERTY messaging phones. The first one R350,51, and 55 were well put together with a mediocre screen. The…

A winner and a keeper by patwackp
Just bought this today and I must say that it was a wise choice. I love the fact that syncs with not only my email, but with Facebook,Twitter, Myspac…



Huawei Ascend II
Avg. Rating:
3.5

you get what you pay for by Alejandro23
This phone is from a pre paid carrier so you cant expect to much. Dont get me wrong its a great start out smart phone for a young teenager. But for so…

**Great Smart Phone** by Rodman
Pros: This works well on the Internet Touch screen is good, but just like any other phone, you have to be still when texting. Cool white back side…

I wanted an upgrade not downgrade by sharrah2273
I saved up for a year to upgrade and I am highly disappointed I now realize this was a downgrade. Even my daughter who is the person who gets all the…


Honest by dmark
I still miss my blackberry but 4G was the draw. Not sure if all 4G LTE is the same but my daughter smokes me with her verizon android. Battery life …

Great phone with some shortcomings by Apexeon
I've owned the Windows Mobile and I have to say the Galaxy Indulge was a major upgrade. I'm generally inside Metro's 4g network, though it's a bit spo…

Great phone with a few catches by SirDeath
The phone has a lot of features and good speed. The LTE means downloads are FAST and fairly close to the speeds I saw on the Droid X. As many have s…



Apple iPhone 4 (CDMA)
Avg. Rating:
4.37

Switching from Droid Incredible by jbaliski
I Have wanted an iphone since it came out but I did not want to switch to AT&T. A very common story. I was going to wait till the next gen iphone came…

Simply awesome by Katwink
Love this phone period it's the best by far , especially on AT&T. I can surf the web and talk ,text and talk and do everything ,I'm In NY and have ver…

Simply the best! by tipdrill
I paid full retail for this phone and couldn't be happier. I've had a BlackBerry Bold, 3GS, Droid Incredible and now the iPhone 4. This is the most po…



LG Optimus M / Optimus C
Avg. Rating:
3.09

SLOW INTERNET by LANENA516
I LOVE THE PHONE, IT MY FIRST SMART PHONE AND I LOVE IT. IT HAS GREAT APPS AND EASY TO USE, BUT THE INTERNET IT VERY VERY VERY SLOW, IT LITERALLY TAKE…

great phone by ticofl
this is a great ph, everything on it works great, for those that are complaning about the (1X) thats not that the ph is running on a slower network A…

Frustrated by dcs1130
I really thought I was getting a great phone. Never had an android before. Was really looking forward to using the video, Youtube, apps and everythi…



ZTE TXTM8 3G
Avg. Rating:
3.84

Great Device for the Price by yanike
From what I've tested, you can stream videos from YouTube's Mobile site, the browser is definitely an BIG improvement (Polaris Webkit Browser), the ca…

Okay phone by AgeraX
There are a number of things that this phone shouldnt lack but most of them are not worth going over. If you're looking for a phone for the use of int…

I LOVE THIS PHONE by Envy_Jen
This phone is definitely a huge improvement from the original TXTM8.. Its basically like a cheaper version of a blackberry. You can watch youtube vide…



Huawei Ascend
Avg. Rating:
2.75

Huawei great 1st start into Android in USA by fgnotebook
Have had this phone for close to a week now. I have a Motorola Droid . The Ascend is my wife's phone and she loves it. From my use of it you can s…

Great phone by tattoo
great phone for the price . holiday special of 100.00 . this is my first android phone and its great. only had it for a week now and its rooted and i …

awsome!! by funash
I love this phone! It is perfect for what i need and want a smartphone to do without having to go to the big carriers and gettign a long term contract…



Kyocera Rio E3100
Avg. Rating:
3

avoid at all costs by only_use-once
I've NEVER written a consumer review of any gadget or device, not once in my life. But the Kyocera Rio e3100 is so bad, I had to register a username …

love it by rbkqueen88
had this phone for one week and i love it. I hate that I cant change the screen view. the ringtone sound is great. phone dosent frezze and connects to…

Kyocera Rio by kyocerario
Ok, Quit hating on this phone! I have been reading lots of fourms and people have been saying negative stuff about this phone, I have had it for a mon…


Messager Touch by scott141
I just picked this phone up earlier today and i actually love it. As of last week i was an iphone owner and i honestly thought i would never have a p…

I like this phone by rixx1488
Pros great battery life fits in pocket good nice qwerty keyboard and i have huge hands customizable everything touchscreen works good price,pri…

Poorly Designed Interface by jenjaimes
Pros: - Great battery life. - Has a customizable menu with icons. - Has four customizable "desktops" that you can add the menu icons to. - Has eas…



Sanyo Zio by Kyocera
Avg. Rating:
3.36

Now Available on Sprint!!! by jxdutoi
This is definitely an entry level android phone, but it is still pretty good. It is light, almost to the point of feeling like a toy, but it function…

Very Old School by hdtravel
Slow.....slow.....unresponsive...... Cheap looking and feeling....... Might have impressed someone 3 years ago. Not now. Do yourself a fav…

nice by speedy 01
sweet.tha phone is great. an android on a set price plan i'm lovin it. everything is workin great wi fi pandora n utube. have already downloaded apps.…



Kyocera Domino S1310
Avg. Rating:
3.5

You get what you pay for... by zgirl
I gave it a 3 ONLY because this entry level phone costs $0.00! That's right, with the mail in rebates, the cost is effectively NADA. Of course, you'll…

Kyocera Domino by patwackp
Bought rhis phone today as a replacement phone. I got it at a MetroPCS store across from where I work in Mt. View, Ca. So far, it's a much better p…

i had until i switched to straight talk by berryman
I had this phone for a while. It was ok. Average. I prefer my new phone more with straight talk, and the deal I get unlimited minutes texting and w…



BlackBerry Curve 8530
Avg. Rating:
3.84

Terrific intro to the world of BlackBerry by bbycrts
Work has decided that a BlackBerry would be a good thing for me to have...I'm not complaining! I'll let them pay for the data plan, because I just ca…

Love the Curve 8530...better than the Tour! by HandyGuy
I returned the Tour due to the trackball sticking, and exchanged it for the 8530. In a word it's great, so far! The menus are better and upgraded f…

Suits My Needs by schaplin
Had the Curve 8330 and the Tour before the Curve 8530. I use it primarily as a phone and for E-mail. I have Verizon and would not use any other carrie…



Huawei M750
Avg. Rating:
3.19

Ive had this phone since december by Karen0913
If your looking for a iphone type kind of thing this isn't the phone for you. i used to write a long paragraph while texting my friends but when i mis…

Not a smartphone. but a good phone nonetheless. by heiss.villa
The handset looks very nice, its UI is very responsive and the feedback when touched is as if you were using a high-end model. Its bluetooth transfer…

Huswei ~ think before you buy by nectar70
This phone has a nice look, however when texting someone letters you do not want always appear while your texting. The key pad is too small. The lock …



LG Helix UX-310 / AX-310
Avg. Rating:
4.1

This phone honestly is pretty good by narn3049
If your on Verizon you'd see the LG accolade, this one kind of reminds me of this LG Helix AX310. It's not that bad of a phone, and it works pretty go…

Slick and Sleek by tamaram7
Great over all phone...there are a lot of things that I love about this phone...absolutely AMAZING battery life and call quality, haven't dropped a ca…

Cool, sleek design... But still the alpha interface? by Jakester455
The Helix has a very sleek appearance and it gives a very good first impression, but sadly that fades quickly. As soon as you start using it, it becom…


I love this phone so far by Sara_lee
I have been on Cricket for several years now and truthfully this is the best phone by far. I had the original messager and I loved it but this phone i…

Awesome phone for cricket by andrew.
I have had this phone for 2 weeks and really like it. Pros -sound is clear and signal is good -really good QWERTY keypad, really big and spaced …

Samsung Did It Again by scott141
I honestly dont have much to say about this phone except its a very good phone on the Cricket network. I mean the first messager was amazing for what…


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