Is your child ready for a smartphone? More than ever, parents are responding “yes” to this question, citing cell phones as the best way to stay in constant contact with their children. But not all devices offer the same benefits. Here are four of the best smartphones for children:
1. The Apple iPhone
Although kids tend to prefer the latest and greatest editions to show off to their friends, any iPhone color or model will do. Right now that’s the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, both of which are well-reviewed and come with the benefit of Apple’s tight security architecture for parents’ piece of mind. For kids, though, the allure lies in the iPhone’s slick body design and access to the largest collection of games and apps available. In addition, the interface is clean and simple, making it easy for kids to learn to use and for parents to jump in and help if they run into problems. For an even smarter and cheaper solution, check out Gazelle’s certified iPhones.
2. The Samsung Galaxy
Samsung’s line of Galaxy smartphones draw consistently positive reviews and are one of the few phone lines to make a dent in Apple’s market share, especially for kids. The line offers a few solid benefits: One of the fastest processors on the market, a great-looking 5.1-inch screen and one of the best smartphone cameras available. If your kid is the creative type, the Android OS offers more opportunities than iOS for them to customize the look of their device. The Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified, meaning it’s resistant to both dust and moisture, protecting it from even the clumsiest kids.
3. The Lumia 365
This Windows phone isn’t the flashiest smartphone for kids, but it does come with a few nice features. The 4.5-inch screen is more than adequate, the case body is slick and modern-looking, and it provides the familiarity of a Windows OS. The Microsoft MyFamily tool lets you manage what kids download and view on their phones.
4. The Kyrocera Duraforce
Is your child a klutz? Do they like dropping things in water or stepping on them to see what happens? If so, the Duraforce may be the perfect solution. This 4.5-inch Android phone is as rugged as they come, sporting both dust and water protection so less-than-graceful kids can still enjoy the benefits of a great mobile device. The phone is also 4G-ready and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, making it capable of handling your child’s need for videos, games and social media interactions.
Looking for the best smartphones for children? Whether you’re buying new or considering a refurbished phone, there are some great options on the market. At the top of the hill are familiar devices like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy line, simple phones like the Lumia 365 and more-rugged options like the Kyrocera Duraforce. Simply put, you won’t be starved for choice in today’s smartphone market.
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