Since LG and Google’s Nexus 5 is so hard to find, it’s little wonder that the big guy’s release on Sprint captured all the headlines before the weekend. But the N5 is not the only fresh device up for grabs with contracts on the Now Network, as the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy S4 mini, plus the LG G2, have debuted as well.
Of the three, the G2 is the most impressive on paper by a mile. After all, it’s the bigger, better-equipped brother of the Nexus 5, and that has to count for something.
However, Sprint is a little late to the party, and offering the 5.2-incher for $100 with two-year contracts won’t cut it, given the exact same phone can be had for less with Verizon pacts through Amazon. Or for $450 outright.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 costs $100 itself, undercutting US Cellular and AT&T’s pricing by $50. Mind you, this giant doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the LG G2, but it’s considerably larger and, for some, big equals better.
Finally, the Galaxy S4 mini is “sold” by America’s number-three carrier for no payment whatsoever after rebate, which sounds about right considering this not only shrinks the original GS4’s usable screen real estate, but also washes out its raw speed and performance greatly. Then again, for no money, it’s a fairly sensible, smart choice.