This Android phone has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a great app selection. Calls on the AT&T phone sounded crisp, even in a remote village. One drawback: The phone did not connect to faster local 3G service. International roaming costs $1.29 a minute, and data plans start at $24.99 for 20 MB.
cost: $130 with a two-year contract
This affordable T-Mobile phone has a 2.3-inch screen, a full keyboard, and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone connected to 3G service, and calls sounded clear, but it offers a limited number of apps and does not support touch. Overseas, expect to pay $1.29 a minute for calls, 35 cents per text, and $15 per MB for the Web and e-mail.
cost: $30 with a two-year contract
We liked the bright 4-inch touchscreen on this Android phone, which has a 5-megapixel camera and plenty of apps. But calls sounded scratchy and dropped out frequently during our test, even with the same AT&T service as the Aria. Like the Aria, the phone failed to connect to local 3G service for fast speeds.
cost: $200 with a two-year contract
This Verizon phone has a full keyboard, a 2.4-inch screen, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It performed poorly during our test, with frequent dropped calls and lackluster sound quality. Verizon’s international roaming rates start at $1.29 a minute, texts cost 50 cents each, and unlimited e-mail is $65 a month.
cost: $150 with a two-year contract