For parents, smartphones may seem like both a blessing and a curse – what are the best smartphones for your kids? On the one hand, kids are all to happy to receive a smartphone from their parents, which can ensure that they stay connected and safe. On the other hand, smartphones can be expensive, and kids can be negligent when it comes to taking care of these devices. You might be tempted to take advantage of your phone carrier’s plan, offering the latest device for “free”; however, if this phone is stolen or brakes the unforgiving conditions for that free phone soon become expensive. Instead, consider some of the following options, for a smartphone your kids won’t think is “totally lame” and that you feel comfortable shelling out the cash for.
Prime Exclusive Smartphone
Starting from the least expensive, Amazon has partnered with Motorola and BLU to produce a phone available only to Amazon Prime members. There are three phone models available, starting at just $50 with the Blu R1 HD, $99 for the Moto G4 Play and $129 for the Moto G4, compatible with all US carriers. The possible downside of these phones is that, firstly, the Blu R1 HD is quite slow, and secondly, they function much like the Amazon Kindle which offers special pricing in exchange for the placement of ads on the device’s lock screen. The flip side, is of course, that your pocket book will be happy.
Huawei Honor 6X
Huawei is still a growing brand name in the US, however, the device is slowly gaining traction in the market. In exchange for a less well-known brand, you get 3GB of memory, 5.5-inch HD display, 32GB of storage with microSD card support, powered by Android 6.0, in gray, gold or silver all for $250. Not a bad deal. The camera has also received a high rating with an8-megapixel 77-degree lens. In short, this is an affordable, but also feature-packed Android for both kids and adults. In the US, this unlocked phone is compatible with GSM carriers, meaning it will work on T-Mobile and AT&T networks.
Moto G4 Plus
We’ve already addressed the Moto G4 Plus through Amazon Prime, however, for a little bit more money, you can purchase this device with out the inconvenience of Amazon advertising. At $250, the Moto G4 Plus has 6GB of storage, a 5.5-inch HD display, uses fingerprint identification, runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, water repellent coating, and perhaps best of all, it has a 16-megapixel camera. Your kids will be taking endless pictures with this phone, which makes the two years of free photo storage on Google Photos an added bonus. The Moto G4 Plus is unlocked for all major US carriers.
Axon 7 Mini
Where the Moto G4 Plus is great for kids who love to take pictures, the Axon 7 Mini is best for kids who love to listen to music. At $300, this device has dual stereo speakers,5.2-inch AMOLED display, 3GB of memory, 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera, and a Snapdragon 617 processor. For additional storage the dual-SIM tray doubles as a microSD card tray. Axon 7 Mini is unlocked to work onT-Mobile or AT&T networks.
Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 Plus starts at $229 with 2GB of memory, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for extra storage, available in gray and gold. The phone runsSnapdragon 625, and has a 12-megapixel camera, 5.2-inch HD display and a water repellent coating. The Moto G5 Plus is unlocked to work on allU.S. carriers, and shipment will start in March.
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