All phones recommended by MOST.Guru are unlocked and free of contractual requirements. They work with GSM carriers such at AT+T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA and others.
BLU Vivo 5
This elegant, unlocked BLU Products phone is CNC machined out of metal and has Gorilla Glass 3 on the front for break and scratch resistance. This results in a completely premium look and feel like the best flagship phones from Apple, LG, HTC, and their like.
The Android 5.1 device has 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and features a MediaTek 6753 Octa-Core Processor— this phone is sure to exceed your performance requirements. Additionally, while the screen is "only" 1280x720 pixels, it is an AMOLED screen and looks better than virtually any other screen we have seen. The slightly lower resolution is not noticeable by virtually any users we have surveyed and results in faster operation and longer battery life. Speaking of batteries, the phone features a high-capacity 3150 mAh battery, which habitually lasts longer than a full day of heavy use. When it comes time to charge, the phone features a USB-C connector, the most modern of options; USB-C is reversible and very easy to plug in, even in the dark.
The phone supports 2 SIM cards and a microSD card up to 64GB. This phone features 13mp rear and 5mp front cameras.
The Android app drawer has been disabled which makes the phone behave more like an iPhone (iOS). This can, of course, be changed by adding a 3rd party launcher or making your own custom ROM.
Available in gold or silver for around $200 vs. more than $600 for similar offerings from competitors such as Samsung. In addition to charger, cord and headphones, the package even includes a silicone case and screen protector.
This is the phone we recommend to virtually all our clients and we have received positive comments from all users.
This device is expected to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. (approximately Q3, 2016)
BLU Pure XL
This BLU Prodcts Android 5.1 phone is an excellent alternative to extremely high-end "flagship" phones sold by vendors such as Samsung. LG and HTC. Like the majority of current flagship devices, this large (6") phone with equally large (3500 mAh) battery features 3GB RAM and 64GB of built in storage, Gorilla Glass 3 over a Wide Quad HD (2560 x 1400) screen, excellent cameras (24mp back, 8mp front), a fingerprint sensor and NFC. With a Mediatek Helio x10 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, it supports 2 SIM cards and a microSD card up to 64GB.
Our three disappointments with this phone is that the speaker is on the back (not bottom), the battery life is shorter than expected, and that while the frame is metal, the back is plastic. Other than these three quibbles, the phone is excellent and the package includes everything you need including charger, cord and headphones. The package even includes two different cases and a screen protector.
Available in gold or gray finish for around $350 vs more than $650+ for competitors' finest offerings.
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser
This unlocked Asus phone has a comfortable curve on the back and Gorilla Glass 4 on the front for break and scratch resistance. The device has 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and features a Qualcomm Octa-Core Processor— this phone is sure to meet your performance requirements. Additionally, with a replaceable, high-capacity 3000 mAh battery, the phone will last long during each day of use . . . and over its lifetime as well. It supports 2 SIM cards and a microSD card up to 128GB.
A distinguishing feature of this phone is the focusing system for the 13mp rear camera. Equipped with laser autofocus technology, the camera focuses 2-3 faster than traditional smartphone cameras.
Power button is located at the top, which some users do not prefer. On the other hand, the placement lessens the chance of inadvertently pressing the power button, and the phone can be woken by double-tapping the screen. Similarly, the volume button is on the rear panel, an odd placement for some.
Available in silver for around $200 vs more than $600 for similar offerings from competitors such as Samsung.
This device is confirmed to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. (approximately Q2, 2016)
Huawei Honor 5x
This elegant, thin (8.15mm) unlocked Chinese phone is an excellent alternative to overpriced "flagship" phones sold by vendors such as Samsung. LG and HTC. Like the majority of current flagship devices, the phone is built largely with metal (back, sides), supports a full HD screen (1920x1080), excellent cameras (13mp front, 5mp back), a loud speaker on the bottom edge (so as not to be covered when laying on a table, for example) and a fingerprint sensor. It supports 2 SIM cards (1 nano-sim, 1 micro-SIM) and a microSD card up to 128GB.
A potential concern for some is Huawei's EMUI launcher. This eliminates the Android app drawer and makes the phone behave more like an iPhone (iOS). This can, of course, be changed by adding a 3rd party launcher or making your own custom ROM.
Available in Black, white or gold finish for around $200 vs more than $600 for competitors' offerings.
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