Updated on 8 January 2016 by

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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Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) 4G
Micromax Yu Yunique
Gionee Marathon M4
LG Exalt 2
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) 4G
Micromax Yu Yunique
Gionee Marathon M4
LG Exalt 2
$150
$150
$111
$130
$100 - $200
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.5 inch
4.5 inch
4.7 inch
5.0 inch
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
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
Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
Battery Capacity
2390.0 mAh
2390.0 mAh
2000.0 mAh
5000.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop), v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Carrier
Verizon
Verizon
Average Rating
 3.8 stars
 3.7 stars
 3.3 stars
 3.5 stars
 3.0 stars
Camera
20% Positive
80% Negative
20% Positive
80% Negative
20% Positive
80% Negative
100% Positive
Display
40% Positive
60% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Look and Feel
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
Price
100% Positive
100% Positive
Battery
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive

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