Back to School 2014: The 11 best smartphones

Sarah Silbert
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Sarah Silbert
August 20th, 2014
Back to School 2014: The 11 best smartphones

If you're in the market for a new handset to accompany you on campus this fall, your timing's just right. You couldn't ask for a better selection of choices, and plenty of the phones in the gallery below are downright budget-friendly. That said, if you can hold off for a bit, you might want to see what Apple and Samsung have in store -- both companies are expected to announce new smartphones within the next month. Note that we've listed devices based on their unlocked and contract-free prices, though you'll pay less up front if you sign up with a carrier. Oh, and don't forget to check out the rest of our Back To School guide for more product picks.

Winner: congratulations to Nick N. of Port Coquitlam, BC.

Gallery: Back to School 2014: The 11 best smartphones | 11 Photos

  • Motorola Moto E
  • Nokia Lumia 520
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
  • OnePlus One
  • Motorola Moto X
  • Google Nexus 5
  • HTC One (M8)
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
  • Apple iPhone 5s
  • LG G3
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
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