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The best cellphones under $100 used to be some of the basic feature phones with support of some good audio with a great battery life till 2015, but 2016 would likely change that. The biggest change at this price point in 2015 is the availability of basic smartphones which now also run decently well.

Most of the big smartphone OS players like Google (Android) and Microsoft have realized the need for cheaper smartphones for the developing world and have then re-purposed their operating systems to work better on lower end devices. Android with its 'Android One' initiative is leading the pack and 2015 should see some of the best smartphones under $100 coming with Android One support.

By and large at a price below $100, the buyer cannot expect much additional features. Still the cut-throat competition in the market is forcing the major companies to roll out handsets bundled with considerable features. One can expect the following features:
Bluetooth, Camera, FM Radio, Headphone Jack, Memory Card Slot, MP3 Player, Speaker Phone, Supports MP3 format, Touch screen, Video Capture, Social Network Integration.

One additional thing to be looked for is the build quality: the device must be sturdy. Poor build quality and plasticky design will result in inferior looks and feel after few months of use. The buyer can get costlier GSM handsets in this price range by availing a subscription based scheme from most of the carriers. Here, the handheld will be subsidised by the carrier, but you will be required to sign a long term contract with the carrier. During this period, you wouldn't be able to switch carriers for your phone.

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LG Exalt 2

LG Exalt 2


Comparison of the Top 5 Cell Phones Under $100 - 2016

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LG Exalt 2
Kyocera DuraXV Plus
Kyocera DuraForce
Motorola Moto G
HTC Desire 510
LG Exalt 2
Kyocera DuraXV Plus
Kyocera DuraForce
Motorola Moto G Smartphone
HTC Desire 510
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Sep 2015
May 2015
Dec 2014
Nov 2013
Sep 2014
Carrier
Verizon
Verizon
AT-T
AT-T
Sprint

Stylish, and gets the basics right

Ultratough and packed with plenty of features

Cheap, waterproof phone is strong like ox, but flounders on performance

No NFC.

The Desire 510 is wicked fast for such a basic smartphone!.

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