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Our best budget cell phone picks for 2016 are all under the $150 mark. Most of these are Android based phones from Motorola and a clutch of new Chinese upstarts. Overall, even though Motorola offers a more stable engineering and robust phones, the Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Huawei offer a great value for money by providing higher specs and at cheaper price points.

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Xolo Era 4K

Xolo Era 4K


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Xolo Era 4K
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Micromax Canvas Spark 3
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) 4G
Micromax Yu Yunique
Xolo Era 4K
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Micromax Canvas Spark 3
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) 4G
Micromax Yu Yunique
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2015
Apr 2016
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.0 inch
4.5 inch
5.5 inch
4.5 inch
4.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
2.0 MP
Processor Type
1GHz  quad-core, MediaTek MT6735, Quad-core 1.0 GHz
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
1.3GHz  quad-core
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
4000.0 mAh
2390.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
2390.0 mAh
2000.0 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.1, Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop), v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Android 5.1
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

  • The Xolo Era 4K has a rather amusing name, since it doesn't have a 4K screen, isn't the fourth Xolo Era, and apart from having four cores in its SoC, we can't see that anything about it has to do with either a 4 or a K. That aside, the phone is an interesting option for buyers looking for a budget phone. Rs. 6,499 gets you an inoffensive looking smartphone with dual-SIM support, 4G capability on either SIM, expandable storage, and a near-stock version of Android.


  • Enthusiasts aren’t going to run out and pick up the new Moto E, that’s certainly fact. Based on its competitive price point, the 2nd generation Moto E is primarily targeting a specific demographic.


  • With the addition of LTE and a processor upgrade,Motorola's latest Moto E narrows the gap between entry-level and high-end smartphones.

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    The Moto E (2nd Gen) feels solid and well put together. The rubberized finish is great as is the textured grippy frame. The upgrade to the previous generation is night and day.
    The larger display is still far from stellar, retaining the same 540 x 960px resolution. Colors and contrast are very good but the maximum brightness is underwhelming.
    Battery life is excellent with an endurance rating of 82h.
    The vanilla Android 5 Lollipop is buttery smooth, while Moto Display is a very nice addition. Motorola also promises timely Android updates for the next two years.


  • We have to keep in mind that a huge proportion of the potential market for the Canvas Spark 3 has not only never used a smartphone before, but might never have used any kind of computer. While it certainly is remarkable that we can now buy a device of this kind for less than Rs. 5,000, the reality is that there's a lot that this phone cannot do - and we don't mean just its weak performance. The messy software will not help anyone that it is targeted at, namely first-time users and those who aren't comfortable with English.

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    The Moto E (2nd Gen) feels solid and well put together. The rubberized finish is great as is the textured grippy frame. The upgrade to the previous generation is night and day.
    The larger display is still far from stellar, retaining the same 540 x 960px resolution. Colors and contrast are very good but the maximum brightness is underwhelming.
    Battery life is excellent with an endurance rating of 82h.
    The vanilla Android 5 Lollipop is buttery smooth, while Moto Display is a very nice addition. Motorola also promises timely Android updates for the next two years.


  • Just like the original, the Moto E is brilliant for the price. It's a little more expensive second time around, but the addition of 4G, a better battery, smoother Android experience, a slightly neater (although slightly larger) design, plus added colour from the interchangeable Bands, are all plus points. The problem is less with Motorola directly, more with the potential competition.


  • It's easy to forgive the Moto E's shortcomings as there simply isn't a better Android effort in the budget sector


  • - Night shots were even less defined, with too much motion blur.
    - The built-in speaker is loud but sound is quite distorted even at low volumes.
    - In some ways it's better - the styling has more personality and stock Android has its universal appeal.


  • - Low light photographs are quite bad.
    - Thanks to the 4.7-inch form factor, the phone fits easily in the hand and one handed operation is easy.
    - Unlike the Yu Yuphoria, the default onboard keypad was quite responsive.
    - All in all, a decent performer for an entry level phone.
    - The PC Mark for Android benchmark gave an on-screen time of 7 hours which is decent.
    - The Yu Yunique has rounded edges and the rear cover has a nice rubbery feel to it, which gives a good grip on the phone.