Motorola Moto G
With the Moto G, Motorola (the part owned by Google) delivers many of the best features of high-end smartphones at a price that's affordable without betrothal to the carrier. Moto G is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC running at 1.2 MHz with 1 GB of RAM. Both of its 5 MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras capture 720p video at 30 fps and Moto G also can play back video at the same rate through its 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display. As of now the unit runs Android 4.3, but a January update to 4.4 KitKat is promised and there are no UI overlays. Coolest of all, the 8 GB model can be had unlocked for GSM networks for $179. Colorful cases are sold separately.