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January 21, 2015

Best Verizon prepaid Android phones

by John_A

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Verizon Wireless isn’t necessarily known for their massive selection of prepaid devices, but there are a few Android phones out there that stand above the rest. While there are many high-end offerings, most of them aren’t cheap. So with this in mind, we’ll look at the top two best Verizon prepaid devices, followed by the top three best ‘budget’ prepaid devices.

Editors note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Best high-end prepaid devices

#1 – Samsung Galaxy S5

The follow up to last year’s immensely popular S4, the Galaxy S5 from Samsung doesn’t disappoint. This time around, Samsung has added a slew of new health tracking features and a fingerprint sensor, all while still offering top of the line specifications in their most popular handset. With it’s 5.1-inch 1080p display, 16MP rear-facing camera, big 2800mAh battery, and the added ruggedness thanks to its water and dust resistance, we think you’ll be happy with the S5.

The Galaxy S5 can be found directly through Verizon’s website for $599.99.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, 145g
  • Shimmery White, Charcoal Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy now for $599.99


#2 – HTC One M8

Dozens of good Android phones came out last year, across budgets and niches. At the top, where competition is fiercest, we were spoiled with more choices than ever. One of the best devices released last year was the HTC One M8. With killer looks, a premium build, and HTC’s unique additions to the Android game, the M8 is definitely worth of your attention. While the 4MP UltraPixel camera isn’t for everyone, it offers a slew of interesting camera features and a secondary depth sensor. Thanks to its 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801 processor, decent battery life and expandable memory, the HTC One M8 still remains one of the best and most reliable Android devices to date.

You can grab the HTC One M8 directly through Verizon for $599.99.

Specs

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 4MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2,600 mAh battery
  • 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm, 160 g
  • Gray, Silver, Gold
  • Android 4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy now for $599.99


Best budget-friendly prepaid devices

#1 – Motorola Moto G (1st Generation)

The Motorola Moto G is Moto’s first real attempt at a budget-friendly smartphone. The original Moto G was one of our favorite smartphones of 2013. It offered an insanely low price without sacrificing too much when it came to software or hardware. It boasts a 4.5-inch 720p display, great battery life and a stock Android experience. It fits great in the hand and doesn’t feel like a budget phone by any means.

You can find the Motorola Moto G directly through Verizon for $99.99, though Amazon is currently offering it for around $70. For one of 2013’s best smartphones, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this. Honestly unless you have some personal reason for not choosing Motorola, this is by far the best deal on this list.

Specs

  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm A7 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, no microSD card support
  • 5MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2070mAh battery
  • 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm, 143g
  • Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Lollipop update rolling out now)

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Buy now for $67.88


#2 – HTC Desire 612

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HTC has been very successful in the mid-range market for quite some time, and the Desire 612 is no exception. It has a perfectly-sized 4.7-inch display, 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2040mAh battery that should last you the entire day on a shingle charge. While it only has 8GB of on-board storage, it is microSD compatible for up to 128GB of extra storage. This device is small, sleek and should offer a great Android experience, especially when the device gets its Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

The prepaid HTC Desire 612 can be found on Verizon’s website for $199.99.

Specs

  •  4.7-inch LCD2 display with 540 x 960 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2040mAh battery
  • 143.8 x 70.4 x 9.4 mm, 146g
  • Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

Buy now for $199.99


#3 – LG Transpyre

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LG has a number of great low-cost options on Verizon, but we’re partial to the LG Transpyre. The display is a bit small at only 4.5-inches, but it keeps the phone compact and easy to handle. While there’s only 8GB of internal storage on the device, you can use up to a 32GB microSD card to store music, movies and more. Also, the removable 2100mAh battery should be enough to get through the day on a single charge. If you’re not a fan of the Motorola Moto G (listed above), this may be your next best option.

You can pick up your own LG Transpyre through Verizon’s website for $99.99.

Specs

  • 4.5-inch LCD display with 480 x 800 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • Removable 2100mAh battery
  • 127.5 x 67.8 x 10.7 mm, 142g
  • Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Buy now for $99.99


How do like our list? Is there any device you’d add or remove when it comes to pricing categories? Let us know your opinions in the comments!



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