What Is The Best Smartphone For Kids in 2019

Are you considering getting your kid his very first smartphone? Will he/she starts to go to school and he/she must get a smartphone because everybody has a smartphone at his/her age in his/her classroom?

The curve of what age use smartphones is getting lower and lower. In my times, phones, not smartphones, but brick, heavy two line screen phones came out, and everybody got himself one, but we were about 12,13 years old.

Now average age to start having smartphone is a little lower than 10 years. But that is average – in developed countries ( USA, Europe, Japan,etc.), average age is about 7 years old.

And what can we do about it? Our job as parents is in this point to get them a smartphone.

One question pops out – what kind of smartphone and what is the budget for a smartphone for 7 years old children?

What is the best smartphone for kids?

And then one more question pops out – how to make smartphone a kid uses to be safe – to prevent all web content them to see, inappropriate apps to download etc.

I covered everything in this article, so the necessary worries about that will go away.

Should A First Smartphone Be An Expensive Flagship?

For a first smartphone, it most definitely shouldn’t be an expensive high-end flagship phone. It is their first smartphone, so anything above 200-250 $ is throwing money away. At this age children don’t appreciate neither do they know about phone brands and features of a smartphone.

Neither should a smartphone be cheaper than candy, if you know what I mean. Very cheap smartphones come from China – and from experience, they broke very quickly – in children hands even faster, beside that, they lack of some features, and display issues and a lot of some small things that it is just awful. Spare yourself and your kid from cheap phones.

So what is the right budget for a smartphone, that is not a flagship and not really cheap awful piece of a phone?

An answer to the question is somewhere from $140 to max $230, so an average about $180 is the perfect amount for what you get for the price. Smartphones that I’ll be talking about are very good for grown-ups, because I’m not talking about adjusted for kids smartphones, but real smartphones.

I know what question you want to ask – but what about safe usage of a smartphone?

An answer to that question is in next heading.

Parental Control Apps For Your Kid’s Smartphone

Nobody can trust children 100% to do with his smartphone anything he/she wants. Nor do I – so before getting your kid a smartphone, you should inquire what kind of parental control apps suit you. The best parental control apps offer different ways to limit time spent on smartphone, is tracking usage of a smartphone and location ( GPS ), and block apps, can limit some websites that are inappropriate for children and more features. The best ones do cost some money, but not that much that you couldn’t afford – they go from about $25 to $60.

3 best parental control apps are:


  • Customize what content is appropriate and can have access
  • You can set time limits
  • You can track location
  • You can set when your kid needs to do homework or go to bed
  • An alarm takes off if your kid exits the specific area
  • You can block app by app basis
  • You can set internet filters
  • You have access to monitor calls and texts


  • You have a dashboard that shows kid’s activity for any connected device
  • You can set time limits
  • You can monitor texts
  • You can filter inappropriate sites
  • You can block apps and games

Norton Family Premier:

  • You can monitor even deleted text messages, photos, calls, web browsing
  • You can see your kid’s activity on certain apps like whats app or tinder and more

Best Smartphones For Kids

Huawei Y7 2019

  • $170
  • Screen size is 6.26″
  • 720×1520 pixels
  • 13MP camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 8.1
  • 32Gb internal storage

Huawei y7 comes with beautiful dewdrop display, and with this smartphone, your kid will have anything to experience the real smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

  • $180
  • Screen size is 5.84″
  • 1080×2280 pixels
  • 12 MP camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4000 mAh
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 8.1
  • 32GB internal storage

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is probably the best budget phone you can get for your kid. It has a premium design with decent performance. My daughter is getting that one in 3couple of months when she enters elementary school.

Motorola Moto G7 Play

  • $200
  • Screen size is 5.7″
  • 720×1512 pixels
  • 13Mp camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 3000 mAh
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 9.0
  • 32 GB internal storage

Overall it is a nice smartphone with nice looks, battery life though is just a bit shorter. Any kid would love to have that cool piece of a smartphone.

Honor 10 Lite

  • $190
  • Screen size is 6.21
  • 1080×2340 pixels
  • 13MP camera
  • 6Gb RAM
  • 3400 mAh
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 9.0
  • 64GB internal storage

Honor 10 lite will speechless not just a kid, but a parent as well. Beside great looks and quality, working memory, internal storage and newest Android is just a tip of the iceberg. An outstanding smartphone, your kid would rock with this smartphone.

What About Other Smartphones?

I just wanted to point out, that there shouldn’t be such thing as a kid adjusted smartphone – why should we deprive them from user experience of a real smartphone? Children are our future and our future ls laying in hands of technology – we shouldn’t forbid them from using a smartphone, we just need to make a smartphone safe to use for our children.

To go back to smartphones – if somebody wants to pay 500, 700 or 1000$ for a smartphone for a kid, I don’t see a problem with that, I wouldn’t though, why would I? Nowadays budget smartphones come really close to flagships, and for a kid, that is enough, trust me.

If you have any question or a comment, please write me in the comment section below and I will be happy to reply.


Primoz P.

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