Best cheap smartphones

HTC Evo 4G LTE (Sprint) | CNET Rating

HTC Evo 4G LTE (Sprint) | CNET Rating 3.5 out of 5 (very good)

The Good: Powerful parts, a lovely screen, stunning design
The Bad: Given the 4G LTE in its name, at launch was a huge letdown
The Cost: Free to $319
Bottom Line: May well be 3G-only where you live

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Sure, the handsets that carriers put on sale aren't the newest or most updated devices, but that doesn't mean they aren't built well, don't make excellent calls or aren't reliable performers. CNET rounded up some of the best smartphones that are available right now for rock-bottom prices and a carrier contract. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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