Which previous generation phone would you buy?

I'm interested in purchasing a used phone in the range of $150-250, but I want to make the best possible choice since it seems like there are so many Android phones to keep up with. I don't have a lot of dispensable income right now since I've quit my job and have been traveling around, but I've slowed down my travels a bit, feel like I finally need a phone again and would like to stay in the range listed above.

If money were no object right now, I'd buy a Note 2. My best guess is that in this price range, the Galaxy Nexus would be a good choice. Anyone have any other recommendations? Bonus points for good battery life and ease of purchasing in a 3rd world country (I'm currently in the Philippines).