That's the problem with choosing the "BEST" of anything.
It's all subjective to what the person telling you THINKS.
All I can say is look at value for price vs features and online reviews. That's the best you can do.
I happen to have used the Optimus V. It was OK, but severely lacking in storage. VM puts a lot of bloatware on their phones, and you could barely put any other apps on the phone and constantly had to watch data storage before the phone maxed out. The data card does not work with all apps, and you can only transfer select few to the card to help with core storage issues.
Upgraded to the LG Elite for $99 and loved it ever since. Plenty of storage for my needs and the processor is much faster. So for ME, the Elite is the best phone for MY needs at present.
If data is your thing, look at the "Beyond Talk" phones, read the online reviews and make your determination.
If talk and text is more important, you may be better off with "Pay-Lo" phones and plans. The "Montage" is a good choice here IMO, as a friend of mine has it and she absolutely loves it. BTW, her favorite color is GREEN!