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On a Budget? Here’s the 4 Best Cheap Smartphones for Kids

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According to statistics from Find My Kids the most popular smartphones for children between the ages of 6 and 14 are: Samsung Galaxy J1, Huawei Y3, Xiaomi Redmi 4A and the Lenovo A2010. These are the phone that most parents buy for their children.

We don’t start by discussing the uses and harms of children using smartphones. This article is for those who doubt the need to purchase a gadget and to help them decide which smartphone is best for their child.

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)

Samsung smartphones have already become classics, so your child will be more than happy to become the owner of such a gadget from a well-known brand. They’re equipped with everything you need to have an easy phone call and use the internet: it’s an android platform with 4-core Marvell ARMADA PXA1908 1200 MHz processor, TFT display, displaying up to 16 million colours with a diagonal size of 4.3” and a 5 megapixel camera that takes photos with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It’s equipped with a 1850 mAh battery allowing you up to 10 hours of talk time. For communication it offers: a WAP-browser, EDGE, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and, of course, a USB port. For any music lover there’s an audio output of 3.5 mm. It’s also worth noting that it’s equipped with a GPS tracker. It’s a lightweight smartphone that fits comfortably in your hand, easy to use and doesn’t heat up.

Price: £70-£80

Advantages

  • Stays charged for a long time
  • Performs everyday tasks (calls, texts, emails, various messengers, viewing pages in a browser, exchanging photos, video)
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Good quality display (one of the best for this price range)
  • Ergonomic body that is nice to use
  • Good screen response
  • 4G (the batter doesn’t rapidly deplete when this is turned on)
  • 2 sim cards
  • Good quality plastic (doesn’t mark easily, strong, doesn’t slip in your hand)
  • Optimisation mode. It works very well, but doesn’t just show pretty pictures with percentages and ticks. If an app is not opened for more than 3 days then it is put into ‘hibernation’ mode in order to save RAM and battery. Plus there is also a setting for this mode (which is flexible) and is called the set up ‘for yourself’ device.

Disadvantages

  • Not exactly a flaw, but rather a feature that is a victim of the price – a poor camera (bad colouring and takes a long time to focus on an object)
  • No automatically adjected screen brightness

Owner feedback

Beautiful product. 100% balanced. Comfortable and smart enough for everyday use. I didn’t expect such a performance from this smartphone given its modest price by today’s standards. Of course there’s no flagship and you can’t remove the games (again it depends on which games). Over a few months of using the phone I am confident in it.  Whether I’m going to somewhere by train or by car, I’m sure that I have enough power both for games and for maps. The quality of the phone connection and the internet is great. In general I got it as a temporary phone before getting a Sony or Samsung but now it’s my only phone and it’s great. It’s justified entirely by the price and hasn’t caused me any problems. The only ‘downfall’ is the camera.

Huawei Y3 (2017)

A cheap smartphone from Huawei that uses an Android 6.0 system with a 4-core MediaTek MT6580 processor with 1300 MHz that is suitable for first-time smartphone users. The Huawei Y3 comes with a 5-inch screen, allowing for a resolution of 854 by 480 resolution. The display uses IPS technology. Although the resolution is minimal this doesn’t strongly affect the quality of the pictures. Equipped with a 2200 MAh battery that allows the phone to work for up to 6 hours with very active use, with typical use the phone can usually last the day. There’s 1GB of memory and 8 GB of internal storage. It also has two sim card slots.

Price: £65-£70

Advantages

  • Nice design
  • Surprisingly it performs very well. No problems with the interface or browsers, which is simply amazing with this mediocre phone.
  • Not a bad camera for this price bracket but don’t hope for miracles. It has its own nuances that you’ll have to get used to.
  • The screen. Great colouring.
  • Good reception. Doesn’t lose connection. Works well with a router and modem.
  • Doesn’t get hot during use even when playing games

Disadvantages

  • The speaker sound is very bad. Few frequencies. But you can hear the ringtone ok.
  • The sensor is good for everyday use it’s not suitable for games. For strategies and races it can be enough, but for shooting and tank simulating games isn’t not great. The accuracy is lacking when you touch the screen which is weird.

Owner feedback

I was looking for a cheap smartphone. I was ready to compromise but I didn’t have to! This smartphone is worth every penny! I’m 100% happy with my purchase. I advise everyone who wants who wants to only spend a small amount to get a gadget that meets your everyday needs. Gamers – I recommend that you look for a more expensive model and hope for the best.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A 16Gb

This electronic gadget is well-established in the market. A 4-core smartphone using Android 7.1.2 with MIUI 9.1, equipped with a 5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixels and IPS display technology and a QualcommSnapdragon425 processor (4xARMCortex-A53 up to 1.4 GHz). 2 GB of RAM, physical memory is 16 GB. It supports a micro SD card up to 128 GB and is equipped with a 3080 MAh battery and has a slot for two nano-SIM cards.

Price: £65-£70

Advantages

  • A good quality smartphone. For this price bracket it’s the ideal phone
  • Good memory, great performance, lots of pleasing features
  • A big bright screen
  • A good camera
  • A loud speaker, deep sound
  • It has a very useful dual-screen function that allows you to watch YouTube and write on VK at the same time
  • A convenient ‘second space’ function that allows you to have two home screens if this is needed, for example, for your work or hobby. There it’s possible to hide anything personal.

Disadvantages

  • The camera makes images a bit blurry, but this is absolutely not a problem, photos are still clear and sharp
  • The phone body is made of plastic meaning that it’s slippery. One day you could accidentally drop it. But this can be easily solved by a phone case, stopping it from sliding out of your hand.
  • The phone can get hot (up to 41 degrees according to statistics) is you’re playing games, but with everyday use, even with thousands of apps open in the background, this is not a problem.
  • The proximity button isn’t always activated when you make a call. You can easily accidentally hit the mute button or make a note button but this isn’t a frequent problem.

Owner feedback

I’ll finish by singing the praises of this smartphone! The value for money is fantastic. If you need a good quality phone for around £65 then the Redmi 5A is absolutely the winner. I’d recommend it to everyone who doesn’t want or cannot spend a lot of money on a smartphone. Believe me, this phone is worth it!

Lenovo A2010

One of the most accessible smartphones from Lenovo. Supported by the high-speed site LTE (4G), allowing fast data transfers. A quad-core, 64-bit processor has enough power for quality without any delay when playing music and watching videos or running apps etc. With a 4.5-inch display, the Lenovo A2010 differs by its high image quality in games, messaging, watching videos and surfing the web. The smartphone not only allows you to use the internal 8 GB storage but also to install a micro SD card of up to 32 GB. Thanks to the 2000 MAh battery the phone can run for up to 8.5 hours when in use, or up to 11.5 hours when on standby mode in a 4G network, therefore you can use it for longer and charge it less. It can also support two sim cards.

Price: £45 — £60

Advantages

  • Fast internet
  • Strong body: it’s fallen on the floor a few times but there’s no problems and it continues to work normally
  • It holds its charge well if you don’t use the internet too much
  • The optimal size phone, nice to hold in your hand

Disadvantages

  • Sometimes you can’t get any signal when inside, or it says there is a network but people can’t get a hold of you (you’ll only discover this a few hours later)
  • Poor photo and video quality, problems with focusing
  • Tilting the screen even a little gives you bad visibility
  • Brick style
  • The speaker is inconveniently passed. If you hold the phone whilst talking to someone then the other person can’t hear you. It’s inconvenient to hold the phone in the middle and you can’t move your fingers otherwise the other person will only hear noise.
  • There’s no light for notifications

Owner feedback

I’ve been using it for 3 months. Overall my impressions of the phone is five stars given its price and quality. Battery life is good, good memory, calls loudly, bright screen. Myself and my wife have it. We’re using it and are satisfied with 4G (YOTA as the operator). I can read documents fine, use my email, social networks, surf the internet without a browser. I was playing a game but the screen is too small for it. I can confidently say buy it. I advised a friend to buy it and he doesn’t regret it, he’s happy. If you need a good camera then don’t get this phone. I got it for the 4G and fast internet and calls. I’m satisfied. Those who say that the battery doesn’t last, after having completely drained it, put it on charge until it’s ready, not only at night, then drain it again then charge it overnight and it’ll be fine. Oh, and remove the factory film as it stops the sensor from working.

Advice from ‘Find My Kids’

In the end, if you have bought a suitable and cheap smartphone for your child then we advise you, as a loving parent, to install Find My Kids on their phone which will allow you to not worry about where your child is.

The app allows you to always see the geolocation of your child and be sure that they are are supervised and that all your worries were for nothing.

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Install the app Find My Kids

To check location of your child in real time!

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