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Best AT&T prepaid Android phones (November 2015)

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If you’re looking for a prepaid carrier in the United States, you have a ton of options. One of the best prepaid service providers out there is AT&T’s GoPhone service. There are a handful of solid GoPhone options out there, so we’re here to point you in the right direction if you’re in the market for a new Android phone.

You’ll notice that our list is a little short, as the Android phones offered by AT&T aren’t all that current or high-end. At the bottom of this post we’ll point you to a few other solid options that can still connect to AT&T’s network that aren’t offered through the carrier.

  • Best AT&T Android phones

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

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#1 – ASUS ZenFone 2E

The ASUS ZenFone 2E is by no means the best device on the market, but it’s a solid budget option that boasts some great features. The design is minimalist, and the detachable back cover gives you access to slots for additional storage. You’ll probably want to take advantage of that too, as the ASUS ZenFone 2E only comes with 8GB of internal storage. In terms of use, the ZenFone 2E offers a generally good experience, though the device tends to lag at times in heavy use cases like gaming or multitasking.

All in all, the ZenFone 2E isn’t about pushing the limits of performance. It’s about bringing a solid Android experience to a user on a budget, and this it pulls off in spades. We’ve never really seen a smartphone that offers this much punch for so little cost. If you just need a prepaid phone to make and receive calls, browse the internet, occasionally stream media, and maybe play a game or two, the ASUS ZenFone 2E is hard to beat.

The ASUS ZenFone 2E is available now through AT&T GoPhone for $99.99.


  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,500mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 148.1 x 71.4 x 10.9mm, 155.1g

Read more

  • ASUS ZenFone 2E review
  • AT&T announces the ASUS ZenFone 2E for prepaid GoPhone subscribers

Buy now from AT&T

#2 – Motorola Moto E (2015)

The original Moto E was one of the best low-cost Android smartphones around, and its successor, the Moto E (2015) brings even more value to the table, with it now being capable of high-speed internet access via 4G LTE. The latest edition of the device brings a lot of small enhancements along the way as well, including a slightly larger display, updated processing package, more built-in storage, a front-facing camera, and a larger battery that allows for extremely impressive battery life. The Motorola Moto E (2015) is currently priced at $59.99 from AT&T.


  • 4.5-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear cam, VGA front cam
  • Non-removable 2390mAh battery
  • 129.8 x 66.8 x 12.2mm, 145g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

Read more

  • Moto E review
  • 7 problems with the Moto E and how to fix them
  • Best Moto E Cases

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#3 – Samsung Galaxy S5

In contrast to the previous two picks on our list, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a solid option for prepaid shoppers who are willing to spend extra cash to get the full Android experience. Some say a little too expensive for what you get, but you’ll have to be the judge of that yourself. The Galaxy S5 was a popular flagship model from Samsung in 2014, and it remains a competitive smartphone in terms of bang-per-buck even when stacked up against the up-and-coming flagships of 2016.

In terms of aesthetic, the Galaxy S5 is a bit divisive. While some praised the device’s dimpled backing, others felt it gave the phone the look of a Band-Aid. However, the camera is stunning, especially when compared to other prepaid phones on our list, and with 2GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood, you should have no trouble running all but the most demanding games. That, and the Full HD AMOLED screen is just gorgeous.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available from AT&T for $519.99.


  • 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
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop (Marshmallow update coming down the pipeline)
  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, 145g

Read more

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 review
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 officially announced
  • Best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Looking back at the Samsung Galaxy S5
  • 6 common problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and how to fix them

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#4 – LG Escape 2

The Escape 2 is a solid budget offering from LG. It’s not the cheapest phone on this list, nor does it boast the best specs. But it does offer a great value to users looking for a solid Android experience for less than $200.

The phone comes with an HD display, a solid Snapdragon 410 processor and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also has a removable battery, which is a feature most Android manufacturers are excluding in their devices nowadays. We did experience a few hiccups in performance in our full review, so that’s something to keep in mind before you buy.

The LG Escape 2 is available from AT&T for $179.99.


  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 1MP front camera
  • Removable 2100mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 133.4 x 66 x 9.9mm, 119g

Read more

  • LG Escape 2 review
  • Best LG Escape 2 cases

Buy now from AT&T

You’ll notice that our list is a little short – AT&T doesn’t offer a ton of notable options for its GoPhone service, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a solid device through another retail outlet and activate it on AT&T’s prepaid network. If you’re looking for a few other options, you can’t go wrong with these:

  • Motorola Moto G (2015) – Check out our review!

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  • Google Nexus 5 – Check out our review!

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  • Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 – Check out our review!

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

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