GSMArena Smartphone Buyer's Guide: July 2015: Under €100

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Under €100

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Believe it or not, the under €100 category has always been the most difficult. This is where the hidden gems are but amidst plenty of potential disappointments. Usually the people looking to acquire a recent budacquire smartphone are either first-timers or really need a specific smart feature but can't afford to splash. Both types deserve a proper purchase, otherwise a poor choice can affect their whole perspective on smartphones.

The €50 Alcatel Fire E keeps its place for yet another edition of our Buyer's guide. It's an incredibly affordable phone running on the newborn Firefox OS, which is fine at making novice users comfortable. The specs are similar to the Moto E, you acquire a 4.5" IPS qHD display, a dual-core processor, a 5MP camera, 4GB of expandable storage, but half the Random-Access Memory (RAM) at 512MB. Don't you worry though, the Firefox Operating System (OS) can run perfectly fine on 512Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM) as it was designed to manage with even less.



Alcatel Fire E


Pros

Cons

  • Firefox Operating System (OS) 1.3
  • 4.5" IPS screen, 540 x 960px (245ppi)
  • 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core CPU, 512Mega Bytes (MB) RAM
  • 4GB expandable storage
  • 5MP camera, 1080p video

  • Limited app selection


And our personal favorite in this category, the Motorola Moto E, which you just can't go incorrect with. It's a lovely small gadacquire that manages to stay relevant more than a year since launch. The original Moto E is built around a 4.3" qHD display, with 256ppi.

The Moto E is powered by an entry-level Snapdragon 200 chip with a dual-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) processor, Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The latter has been a rarity among the KitKat phones of 2014 and a colorful highlight into the Moto E key features. The hardware package is wrapping up with a 5MP rear cam and expandable 4GB storage. Oh, and there is a dual-SIM version as well.

The best thing about the Moto E is it's already running the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop, a feat even an HTC One M9 can envy. The snappy vanilla Android, in our opinion, is better for newbies than any skinned Android out there.



Motorola Moto E


Pros

Cons

  • Upgradeable to Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 4.3" screen, 540 x 960px (256ppi)
  • 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Cortex-A7, 1GB RAM
  • 5MP camera, 480p video

  • Fairly thick and heavy for its size

Review


The Microsoft Lumia 532 costs as much as a Moto E, but packs more punch under the hood. It has a 4" WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) display and is powered by a quad-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) processor on 1GB of RAM. The Lumia 532 has 8GB expandable storage, a 5MP capturing camera and dual-SIM flavor.

Windows Phone 8.1 is quite a treat and offers a plethora of free apps correct out of the box. You acquire a complete office package, voice-guided navigation, pre-installed Skype, various capturing camera apps, among others.



Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM


Pros

Cons

  • Eventually upgradable to Windows 10
  • 4" screen, 480 x 800px (233ppi)
  • 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) quad-core Cortex-A7, 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP camera, 480p video
  • Dual-SIM


The Tizen OS, which has been in development for quite a while, turned out quite a capable and lightweight mobile OS. The Samsung Z1 originally launched in just one market, but has expanded its reach since. Its specs are pretty basic - a 4" WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screen, a dual-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) processor, 768Mega Bytes (MB) RAM, 4GB of expandable storage and a 3MP camera.

One particular reason for buying a Tizen phone is its native Android app support. The TouchWiz influences can be both pros and cons.



Samsung Z1


Pros

Cons

  • Tizen Operating System (OS) 2.3
  • 4" screen, 480 x 800px (233ppi)
  • 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Cortex-A7, 768Mega Bytes (MB) RAM
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3.15MP camera

  • Android app compatibility is suspect


The recent Acer Liquid Z220 is now on sale for about €95, which gets you a 4" WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) display and a dual-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) processor with 1GB of RAM. It doubles the storage of the predecessorto 8GB, upgrades the main capturing camera from 2MP to 5MP and introduces a 2MP front snapper for video chats. And the recent Liquid Z220 runs on Android Lollipop. What an upgrade indeed!



Acer Liquid Z220


Pros

Cons

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 4" screen, 480 x 800px (233ppi)
  • Dual-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB RAM
  • 8GB expandable storage
  • 5MP AF camera, Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash
  • Optional dual-SIM

  • The 1,300 mAh battery may result in poor battery life


If you're after a Lumia smartphone with a bigger screen, an extra €25 on top of the Lumia 532 will acquire you the Lumia 535. It boasts a bigger 5" qHD IPS display, an autofocus 5MP camera, and a 5MP selfie camera, all powered by a bigger battery. You can opt for a dual-SIM model as well.



Microsoft Lumia 535


Pros

Cons

  • Eventually upgradable to Windows 10
  • 5" IPS screen, 540 x 960px (220ppi)
  • 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) quad-core Cortex-A7, 1GB RAM
  • 5MP camera, 480p video
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • 8GB expandable storage
  • Optional dual-SIM

  • No 720p video
  • Screen looks washed out and generally, of poor quality
  • User reports recommdiscontinue touchclassy screen accuracy issues, proximity sensor problems

Review


Finally, the €99 Lenovo A6000 once again makes the sub-€100 category. It is the best equipped phone of the bunch with a 5" 720p IPS display, a 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP capturing camera and 8GB of expandable storage. It is also the cheapest LTE-enabled phone you can buy today.

Unfortunately, the Lenovo A6000 is still available in just a few markets, but if you're lucky you may come across the Lenovo K3, which is the same device under a different name.



Lenovo A6000


Pros

Cons

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 5" IPS screen, 720 x 1,280px (294ppi)
  • 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53, 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP camera
  • 8GB expandable storage
  • Dual-SIM, LTE

  • Spotty availability



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