Android Phones Buying Guide 2013 – Best On-Contract Phone Deals in U.S.
The contract prices for the Android smartphones are always pretty attractive, but not all the devices deserve to be bought even in that way. With the Black Friday in a couple of weeks, we are sure many of you might be looking for the best deals at that time, and the dealers would obviously not give the phones for free without the contract, so let’s see if the prices given below change in the coming time, although none of them are badly priced already when you choose to purchase the smartphones with the 2-year contracts with the particular network providers.
LG Optimus F7 4G LTE Phone (Boost Mobile)
Packed with a 4.7-inch true HD IPS display, the LG Optimus F7 Android phone comes with the 4G LTE connectivity, and locked with the Boost Mobile network. The internal powering provided in the device is 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and it runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Having an 8-megapixel camera on the rear side, the Optimus F7 4G has a battery providing a talk time of around 9 hours.
Motorola DROID MAXX (Verizon Wireless)
The Droid Maxx from Motorola comes with some powerful stuff, and the main ones being the battery and the connectivity. Having a screen size of 5-inch with the HD display, the smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7 GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU) with 2GB of RAM. The battery capacity of the device is 3500 mAh and there are two cameras – 10-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. There is 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, and the device runs the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. For those who wanted to tag up with a network on contract and wanted to save some good money for a high-end smartphone, the Motorola Droid Maxx is a good one for $99.99 with the 2-year contract, but you might have to shell out $699.99 for the off-contract device.
LG G2, Black (Verizon Wireless)
The flagship device of the year from LG, the LG G2 was priced nothing less when someone wants to get it off-contract. But, Verizon Wireless has listed it for the price of just $9.99 on contract at Amazon when you are taking a new 2-year contract. Best deal, right? Here’s what a new contract means: Establish a new, single-line account with a carrier (with the option of transferring your current phone number to your new phone).
The LG G2 comes with a Full HD display under a 5.2-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU, 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS and the new design where the physical buttons are located on the back panel.
LG G2 Black with AT&T
The one on AT&T would cost you $79.99 for the 2-year contract, and this should be good for only those who already are on AT&T and wanted to have a new smartphone with the same number under a new contract. But if you aren’t looking for a particular network carrier, the Verizon one is an excellent deal.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Black (Verizon Wireless)
The best phablet in the market, the Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung is available both under contract and off-contract. The price for the device on Amazon is –
$169.99 – if you create a new Verizon account for the Note 3
$249.99 – if you already have an account and only want to upgrade the device to this one
The off-contract device is priced at $799.99.
The 5.7-inch phablet comes with the Full HD display and the US version is internally powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, and 3GB of RAM. Everything else is pretty excellent in the Note 3 and when you are getting it for a price of $170-odd even though on a new contract, it’s quite a deal.
Samsung Galaxy III Mini (AT&T)
Best deal for a Samsung smartphone, if you aren’t staring at the specs list because you are getting the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini with AT&T for no price, and that applies when you either create a new account, or wanted to upgrade from any current device. The 3G / 4G LTE enabled device comes with the 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a dual-core processor clocking at 1.2 GHz, and it has a 5-megapixel rear camera with the 720p HD recording, as well as a VGA camera on the front. The battery of 2000 mAh is quite good to provide good time of data usage and calling.
Not interested in the contract? $299.99 is the price you have to pay, and we don’t recommend this as there are some other excellent devices in this price range.
The flagship device from HTC for this year, the HTC One hasn’t really received some great feedback from the users but still it is a pretty neat device with a refreshing design and a totally different 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera. It’s powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and there is an internal storage of 32GB in it.
It runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS out of the box, and the distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody has a front 4.7-inch Full HD display. Sadly this one isn’t available on-contract right now, but we might soon see some deals with this one too.
The list would be updated whenever some good deal pops up in either Amazon, Best Buy or the stores of the network carriers in the US.