Best Mobile Phone For Kids
A great cell phone for children should combine all of the essential features desired in an everyday device with those specific features your child requires, including parental controls, GPS capabilities, battery life/durability considerations and cost.
The Nokia 105 offers basic call and text features as well as everyone’s favourite throwback game Snake, so your children can stay in contact without you needing to worry about them spending hundreds on an extravagant smartphone.
1. Samsung Galaxy S22
The Samsung 2022 flagship lineup includes several budget-oriented phones. While they don’t contain as many fancy features as their more costly cousins, the Galaxy S22 doesn’t compromise quality either.
Samsung’s One UI 4.1 may not be our favorite interface, but it doesn’t interfere with using Android and does include some helpful functionality. Security-minded individuals will appreciate that Samsung Knox provides security – plus, its 128GB of storage should provide more than enough room (though you can add microSD storage cards if desired).
The S22 features upgraded cameras that offer better photo quality. Its Portrait mode now detects faces and includes a blur effect to emphasize them; zoom feature gives 3x optical zoom; while battery life matches up nicely to an iPhone SE’s.
2. iPhone SE
The iPhone SE is an ideal way for kids transitioning into more mature cell phones, with similar functionality to an iPhone 12 but at a much more reasonable cost. It comes equipped with essential smartphone apps such as camera, video/music player, calculator, clock, etc. Additionally, parental controls enable remote reading messages as well as blocking contacts or setting screen time limits.
It’s water resistant in depths up to five feet of water and features a durable design, so it can withstand accidental bumps or drops. Compatible with T-Mobile family plans and Samsung Digital Wellbeing features, enabling parents to monitor apps and content.
This phone is ideal for kids who are ready to explore social media, games and movies with parental supervision. It features a large display, long battery life and quality camera; setting it up and using it are simple for youngsters; plus there’s an app available that prevents accessing adult-oriented apps.
3. Google Pixel 6a
Under PS400, the Pixel 6a offers snappy performance, quality cameras and plenty of software intelligence in an eye-catching package. Ideal for Android purists seeking a small and affordable phone in 2023.
The Pixel 6a follows in the footsteps of previous A-series Pixel phones, featuring a two-tone back with an integrated bar housing its primary and ultrawide cameras. Furthermore, its smaller size makes it easier to operate single-handedly.
The Pixel 6a comes preloaded with Android 12 and will receive three years of security updates, which surpasses Samsung’s five-year update guarantee while still falling short of Apple’s four OS upgrades for the iPhone SE. Google offers occasional software features through Feature Drops; in CR’s testing it only lasted 30.5 hours of battery life.
4. Motorola Moto G Stylus
Motorola kept the same display size, FHD+ resolution and LTPS LCD technology found in earlier G Stylus models. What set this one apart, though, is its lower refresh rate (compared to 90Hz in the 2022 LTE version) making it easier for gamers to navigate their user interface when playing games.
Moto G Stylus also comes with several applications that take advantage of its stylus, including note-taking software and tools for creating animated GIFs or live messages. Motorola’s stylus software features some helpful tricks such as the ability to flip over your phone for Do Not Disturb mode or swipe in certain directions to launch split-screen viewing of two applications.
Unfortunately, like other budget phones, the G Stylus falls short in terms of software support. It receives just one system update (Android 13) and three years’ worth of security updates compared to Samsung’s four-year guarantee on its phones.