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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
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)
Average Rating
 3.5 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.0 stars
 3.9 stars
 3.3 stars
Battery
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Connectivity
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive
Camera
100% Negative
20% Positive
80% Negative
100% Positive
20% Positive
80% Negative
20% Positive
80% Negative
Storage
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Negative
Operating System
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive