Best mobile phones for kids

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As smartphones get more sophisticated and occupy a more prominent role in our lives, it gets harder to steer your kids towards the more basic handsets - particularly if you’re waving the latest iPhone around.

That said, kids at different ages have different needs and budget is always a key consideration. We’ve put together a list of phones that will - hopefully - hit the spot for kids of all ages, without breaking the bank of mum and dad.

Best phones for kids: 7-10

Samsung J3 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J3

An excellent entry-level phone that’s easy on the budget. It’s not without its issues - limited 8GB storage and slightly slow processing power - but this low-cost, no-thrills addition to the Samsung range should still delight your under-10s.

Things we like:

  • 8Mp rear camera with flash
  • Battery will last the day
  • Durable plastic build
  • Practical size for small hands

Motorola Moto E5

Another budget pleaser, the Moto E5 has a lot going for it for such a reasonable price. Sure, its camera won’t win any awards, but it’s sturdy and even comes with a headphone jack (in the interest of peaceful car journeys).

Things we like:

  • Great screen
  • Solid and reliable build
  • 13Mp camera
  • Big 4,000mAh battery

Best phones for kids: 10-13

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4

An affordable and stylish lower-mid-range phone that should tick boxes for perhaps youngster’s second phone - though be warned, the battery isn’t great.

Things we like:

  • 13Mp camera
  • Excellent stereo speakers
  • Customisable ‘Boom key’
  • Quality screen

Nokia 3

Nokia 3

In terms of features, the Nokia 3 covers the basics well enough without really standing out. Where it does shine is on price - a low-cost smartphone that’s functional, robust and easy to use.

Things we like:

  • 16GB storage - expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card
  • Battery will last the day
  • Small size and easy to use in one hand
  • Includes headphone jack

Best phones for teenagers

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

An excellent mid-range phone that looks and feels like a flagship model. If they’re not hung up on getting an iPhone, your teen should be more than happy with this stylish addition to the Samsung range - though it may cost a little more than you’re prepared to pay.

Things we like:

  • Decent OLED screen
  • Classy looking design and quality build
  • Smooth software experience for everyday functions and most apps
  • Water-resistant

Huawei Honor 7X

We love this phone and your mini-adults should, too. It looks fantastic and isn’t too shabby in the performance department either.

Things we like:

  • Stylish and modern look and feel
  • Decent 8MP front camera and dual-rear 16P and 2MP cameras
  • Solid software and processing power performance
  • A large 5.93-inch screen
  • Headphone jack

Best iPhones for kids

If they absolutely insist on having an iPhone...

iPhone 6S (16GB)

iPhone 6S (16GB)

While the iPhone 6S is a long way from being the latest iPhone model, on release it represented a real jump in terms of its all-round performance. What’s more, now Apple are a few releases down the road, the 6S can be snatched up at a great price.

Things we like:

  • Pressure-sensitive '3D Touch' screen, which lets you do different things depending on how hard you push it.
  • 5MP FaceTime camera for selfies and video calls; 12MP rear camera, which can film videos in 4K
  • Classic iPhone design
  • Improved battery life
  • Excellent processor chip
  • Very reasonable pay-monthly contracts available

iPhone SE

Packing the innards of the iPhone 6S into a handy palm-sized, four-inch Apple shell, the SE is a powerful and compact iPhone. It wasn’t ever intended to be a flagship model, which means its specs and affordable price are a perfect match.

Things we like:

  • A powerful dual-core Apple A9 chip
  • Touch ID and Apple Pay
  • Sharp camera function
  • Compact and pocket-sized

Parental guidance: Parental control apps

Opening up the digital world to your child can feel a daunting and worrying prospect. So, it’s good to know there are ways - namely parental control apps - to keep an eye on their smartphone habits. It’s worth noting that most modern smartphones include inbuilt parental controls, but there are still a range of off-the-shelf programs worth considering.


Available: Android, IOS

This mobile-only app does a very good job of monitoring your child’s online activity. It’s easy to install and you can customise what they access, as well as limit their time spent online. There is a free version, but as this is relatively basic, you should probably consider the full version. However, the annual subscription is on the high side.

Find out more about FamilyTime


Available: Android, IOS

Offers a comprehensive free version which allows parents to monitor content, particularly on certain sites such as Twitter or Instagram; block pornography; block a specific game or app; and set time limits. Like FamilyTime, there is a ‘full’ version which is quite expensive.

Find out more about Qustodio

Norton Family Premier

Available: Android, IOS

Best known for their PC-virus protection packages, Norton Family Premier offers a full suite of features and moderation devices - from supervising web activity and issuing warnings for certain websites, to time shutdowns and app blocking. A subscription means you can have any number of devices hooked up.

Find out more about Norton Family Premier

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