Our pick: 3 Android smartphones for kids

No matter when you choose to equip your kid with a mobile phone, the occasion is almost always met with a little trepidation from the parental corners. Simply put, we recommend you actively discuss what the handset will be used for and monitor whenever you see fit. Remember too, cellphones are a privilege, not a right.

If you are in the market for a child-friendly smartphone, we’ve put together this short list of robust, relatively inexpensive Android handsets that may just be perfect for your family.

Samsung S5 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

The kid brother of the S5, the Samsung S5 Mini is a little powerhouse of a smartphone. Smart enough to do all the things it’s big brother does, the S5 is home to a little less space with 16BG internal memory and is encased in a smaller body with a smaller screen display. The best part? A little snoop around retail and cellphone service provider websites show that the S5 mini is available for quite a bit less than the S5.

Cheapest price we found online: R5 499

Smart Kicka

Vodacom Smart Kicka

The Vodacom Smart Kicka gives you everything you need in a smartphone, at a fraction of the price. Powered by Android 4.4 (KitKat), the Smart Kicka has 4GB internal storage and a 3.5-inch HVGA touch display. The 2-megapixel camera is great for snap-happy kids!

Cheapest price we found online: R549

Sony Xperia E1

Sony Xperia E1

The Sony Xperia E1 is perfect for the musically minded kid, because it comes  equipped with a big loudspeaker, capable of cranking the tunes up to 100 decibels. It’s also got 4GB internal memory, with a MicroSD card slot and 3-megapixel camera.

Whichever handset you choose for your kid, keep in mind that these phones are meant for two things only – keeping in touch with family and a little slice of fun. Complicated handsets are not a necessity for kids!

Cheapest price we found online: R1443

Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

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