Here at Web-Systems our team are always striving to bring the latest and greatest technology to our customers.
Recently we have had a lot of requests from our customer base requesting mobile phones for younger children, please take the time to read our below buyers guide on on this topic as well as taking a look at some of the products we will be stocking in the coming week!
Your buying guide for the best kids’ phones in 2019
Long gone are the days when you can fob off a child with your second-hand phone. These days they know more about tech than most adults, and they want the best of the best just as you do.
Here we round up what we think are some of the best phones for kids, those that blend value with ease of use, strong build and, enough power to play the latest games and watch YouTube.
How much should I spend?
It’s really up to you. While we wouldn’t advise paying flagship prices on the very best phones, we do recognise that some parents will be prepared to dig deep.
We’ve focused primarily on sub-£200 budget phones for reference, although more expensive models are available in almost all situations.
Dirt-cheap, basic phones are great phones for kids, which they can use on the trip to and from school. They won’t get distracted by Snapchat or the latest game or attract thieves; and it won’t matter too much when the inevitable happens and they lose or break their device.
Sometimes buying a Chinese phone can be a very good way to get an attractively priced phone with much higher specifications than you would otherwise get in the UK.
However, steer clear of Xiaomi and Meizu models, which don’t always preinstall Google Play and can sometimes pop up Chinese-language notifications that may be confusing to a child.
One thing to keep in mind is that your child will be using the phone on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) basis unless you’re prepared to take out a contract in their name. If you want to go down this route you’ll save money by buying the phone upfront and choosing a decent SIM-only deal
A good compromise for a PAYG deal that you can keep an eye on is offered by GiffGaff it lets you purchase low-cost one-month goodybags that offer a certain number of minutes, text and data, and no more. Your child won’t need to keep tabs on what they’re using and neither will you.
You should also consider own-brand PAYG handsets offered by mobile operators, which are often subsidised by the operator in order to get you on their network, such as the Vodafone models in our chart. Such phones will usually be sold with a non-negotiable £10 top-up, which will add to the initial cost.
Is an Android phone or iPhone better for my child?
Whether you choose to go down the iPhone- or Android route will largely depend on your budget, what your child is used to, and how loudly they scream.
Most iPhones will be well over budget for a child, but it is still possible to buy older models such as the iPhone 5s secondhand. The colourful iPhone 5c is perhaps the cheapest and best fit for a child, but if they demand a current-generation iPhone look to the slightly cheaper iPhone SE rather than the iPhone 7. Even this, though, might be more expensive than what you had in mind.
Most of the phones we recommend run Android, which is every bit as good as iOS (and typically has many more free apps). It’s also very simple to use.
Both platforms are equally suited to children in the respect that they can be locked down so that your child accesses only what you want it to.
And, despite what you may have read, neither platform – although it is possible – is likely to get a virus.
We hope this guide helps to advise you what type of phone you should be looking at buying for a younger child, teenagers are likely to want a much higher specification phone cable of surfing the web on the go and accessing social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.