If you’re the parent of a teenager you may be thinking what the best smartphone is for them in 2017? You can no longer fob off your child with a rubbish second-hand model as it’s probable that your teenager knows more about tech than you do. And as a result, they’re after the best of the best.
So if you’ve decided that it’s time for your child to get a mobile, we’ve compiled a list of some of the things you need to know, how to find the right phone and what tariff is best so those bills won’t skyrocket.
Here we round up what we think are some of the best smartphones for teenagers, those that blend value with ease of use, strong build and, importantly, have security measures for your peace of mind.
The best kids’ phone 2018
1. Alcatel Pixi 3 – Buy now from Amazon
The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 is small and perfectly formed – and really packs a punch when it comes to the tech inside.
It has a 3.5in display, a dual-core processor, and its 4GB of internal storage space gives you a decent amount to work with. There’s a 2-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing camera, so be aware that this phone can be used for video calls and selfies. If you’re an Android aficionado and want your children to follow suit, Alcatel’s OneTouch Pixi 3 is a great starting point.
2. Alcatel Pixi 4 – Buy now from Very
This 5in phone is perfect for kids. It runs on Android Marshmallow, has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and has expandable storage. At £60, it’s cheap and offers a 720p HD screen, making it perfect for your child who wants to watch YouTube videos, Twitch streams or HD movies.
3. Microsoft Lumia 550 – Buy now from Amazon
The Microsoft Lumia 550 has a nice, small 4.7in display and comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel selfie camera that can also be used to make Skype calls. The virtual assistant understands natural dialogue and can answer questions, while the GPS with free maps can be used to provide on-foot navigation – if they’re ever lost without you.
4. Huawei Y3 – Buy now from Amazon
This is another compact handset that’s on the cheap and cheerful side. The 4in screen is perfect for smaller hands. And while it looks small compared to some of the monster phones available, it’s the same-sized screen as the iPhone 5s and 5c.
5. LG G4C – Buy now from Amazon
This really is an awful lot of phone for your money with a glorious 5in HD screen, 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of internal storage.
It is very much a grown-up phone, though, in size as well as performance, so probably isn’t best suited to younger children. However, it would be a great choice for a young teenager, as it’ll do everything they could possibly want from a smartphone.
If none of these handsets takes your fancy, then you should check out our full guide to the best budget smartphones on the market right now.