Google Nexus 4
It’s (comparatively) a little dated at this point, but the Nexus 4 packs a smooth, vanilla Android experience, attractive construction and still-competitive performance at a bargain price.
AVAILABILITY: $250 from the Play Store for the version with 16GB of storage, and $200 for 8GB – which might not sound like such a deal, until you realize that’s without a carrier subsidy. You can get it from T-Mobile for as little as $20 up-front, with a new contract.
WHY IT’S BETTER: Pricing. Be warned, however, that it’s not LTE-capable, and that you’ll still need to buy a wireless plan.