You might be growing weary of Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei or ZTE’s mostly unremarkable attempts at challenging [easyazon-link asin=”B00MWI4HW0″ locale=”us”]Motorola’s budget throne[/easyazon-link], but what the mid-range mobile arena still lacks are Lollipop soldiers. Running either Android 5.0 or 5.1. Especially the latter.
On that note, you should be ecstatic to hear about Boost Mobile’s $99.99 LG Tribute 2 and $149.99 LG Volt 2. As the names suggest, the 5.1-powered affordable handhelds follow in the footsteps of easily forgettable prepaid OGs.
But they do so with vastly improved designs in addition to contemporary software, rocking G-style rear physical buttons, fairly slim bezels and all-around stylish exteriors. Under the hood, the Tribute 2 obviously cuts a few corners, settling for a tiny 1,900 mAh battery, which may however last a while, given the 4.5-inch 854 x 480 display and quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip don’t sound like big burdens.
The dual cameras are also far from impressive, with a 5 MP sensor around the back and no mention of the selfie shooter’s megapixel count. Translation – VGA. Then you get 8 GB internal storage space, microSD support, 1 gig of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity for an overall adequate bang for buck.
The Volt 2 essentially eclipses its little brother in everything besides the pre-installed OS, digital hoarding room, processing speed and memory, with a sharp 5-inch 720p screen in tow, as well as 8 and 5 MP cams, 2,540 mAh cell and KnockCode security enhancements.
Even nicer quality-price ratio, and sans contractual obligations, an absolute steal at a Benjamin and a half.