Best Android Phones for Kids Android Central 2019

Smartphones give you a little more information regarding where your kids are and what they're doing, but they also give your kid some freedom to have a little fun or get in some trouble. The mark of a good kids' smartphone is one that's often cheap, yet capable. Here are some of the best devices you can get for your kids.

Perfect balance: Moto G6

Staff pick

The Moto G6 isn't Motorola's latest midrange phone these days, but thanks to its better-than-ever price, it's a solid choice for your youngster. It has features like a fingerprint sensor, dual rear cameras, and a large 5.7-inch screen with relatively slim bezels. Also great is the fact that It works on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

$160 at Amazon

Pen pal: LG Stylo 4

The LG Stylo 4 is one of the most compelling budget options on the market, and its marquee features happen to be perfect for children. Its included stylus will allow your kid to draw or take notes. And that FullView display will be perfect for all the videos, apps, and games they need. Oh, and homework, of course.

$210 at Amazon

Insanely cheap: Moto E5 Play

The Moto E5 Play packs all the essentials a smartphone needs for a very reasonable asking price. It won't be playing some of the most demanding content Google Play has to offer, but it should be able to handle all the 2D-based kids' apps and games available, and that makes it perfect for younger children.

$115 at Amazon

First phone: Alcatel 1X

Cheap enough to be their first phone, the Alcatel 1X has everything it needs to help you keep in touch with your kids' needs while they're away. It features Android Oreo Go Edition, a lightweight version of the OS that maximizes memory usage. Best yet, you can drop less than a Benjamin and walk away with this one.

$89 at Amazon

Ace student: Nokia 7.1

If you want to award the straight-A student in your family, the Nokia 7.1 is the phone to do it with. With dual cameras, 5.84-inch 19:9 aspect ratio display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C and a fingerprint sensor, it has everything a kid could ask for. And because it's Android One, you'll get fast updates straight from Google.

$349 at Amazon

Endless battery: Moto G7 Power

Want to make sure you can reach your kid at all times but worry about them killing their phone's battery? Pick up the Moto G7 Power. Outfitted with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, Motorola says you can expect up to three days of use on just one charge. The Power also has a snappy octa-core processor and fast charging!

$250 at Amazon

Spoil them: Google Pixel 3a

This is a lot of money to spend on a phone for your kid, but there's an argument to be made for getting them a Pixel 3a. Google's custom version of Android is clean and easy to use, the camera is better than anything else on this list by a long shot, and the 3a is first in line for regular software updates and security patches. In other words, it'll keep on working for a while to come.

$399 at B&H

Made for tiny hands: Palm Phone

We wouldn't recommend the Palm Phone to most people, but if you're on Verizon, it might just be the perfect smartphone for your kiddo. It has a super tiny display that measures in at just 3.3-inches, has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and runs a very simplified version of Android Oreo.

$350 at Verizon

For beginners: Dyno Smartwatch

Okay, so the Dyno Smartwatch isn't a phone, but it's a great stepping stone for kids just getting into that world. It offers contact to parents and trusted contacts thanks to a dedicated SIM card slot, and the smartphone companion app allows parents to remotely track their children by GPS.

$150 at Coolpad

Get the phone that's right for your kid

Everyone's kid (and budget) is different, meaning there's not one single phone we recommend to absolutely everyone, but there are a couple things most people would look for in a phone for kids. Generally you want a phone that's cheap, capable, and most importantly, one that fits your child's needs.

That said, the Moto G6 is the best overall option thanks to its great feature-to-price ratio. It has a capable processor, solid battery life, good software, and plenty more for well under $200. Your kids are bound to love it, and perhaps more importantly, so will your wallet.

If that's still a bit more cash that you're willing to part with, you can't go wrong with the Moto E5 Play or Alcatel 1X. While not as flashy or powerful as the Moto G6, these phones offer a good, basic experience that'll keep your kids connected with the core features they need.

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