Choosing the best phone for your child isn’t quite as straightforward as you might expect. With all sorts of different handsets to choose from, all with wildly varying prices, picking out the right phone that suits your kids’ needs is no easy task.
However, If you’ve decided that it’s time for your child to have their first phone, we’ve gathered a list of the best handsets for your little ones to help make your decision easier, along with a buying guide to help you make the right decision.
1. Motorola Moto G7 Power
Our current budget phone king, the Moto G7 Power is also the best smartphone you can buy for your kids. Hardly making a dent in your bank balance, the G7 Power offers the best camera for the price, with good performance, fabulous 18:9 screen and a monstrous battery life. There’s simply nothing better at this price.
2. Nokia 3310
If you’re after something basic for the kids, perhaps as a first phone or something to be used as an emergency dialer, look no further than the Nokia 3310. It isn’t a smartphone, so it doesn’t have all those fancy Android or iOS apps, but it does the job well for basic tasks such as calls and text messaging. An added bonus is that it’s also very well built, so it should withstand the occasional drop more than most.
3. Alcatel 3V
Another excellent budget phone, the Alcatel 3V does the job well as an entry-level Android device. Alcatel most-recent bargain phone is crammed with some great features, such as a fingerprint scanner and face unlocking, a lovely-looking 6in display and an extra-special dual-camera arrangement on the rear of the phone. Its battery life might not be the best on this list, but the Alcatel 3V remains a solid alternative.
4. Apple iPhone SE
Let’s face it, your child probably wants an iPhone. Instead of forking out four figures for the latest model, we recommend picking up the iPhone SE – a pint-sized Apple phone that cost peanuts in comparison. Sure, the iPhone SE is the most expensive phone on this list, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent screen, great battery life, and a superb camera.
5. Motorola Moto E5 Plus
When it comes to a long-lasting phone for your kids, there’s simply nothing better than the Moto E5 Plus. Equipped with a massive 5,000mAh battery, the E5 Plus should effortlessly last an entire day on a single charge, even with the odd few Fortnite gaming sessions thrown in for good measure.
6. Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
Samsung has a great track record of launching excellent budget handsets. Decently-priced, especially considering the internal specifications, the Galaxy J3 is the cheapest Samsung phone on the market and is a solid choice as a child’s first Android smartphone.