The following is a guest post.
So, you’ve decided to buy your kid a smartphone, but you can’t afford the $400+ price tag of the coveted iPhone or think that it’s too much for your child. Worry not because here are some awesome yet affordable units for your consideration. Check them out!
Motorola G5 Plus
A smartphone worth about $230 is an investment. But, whether it is worthwhile, will be determined by its features and functions.
The Motorola G5 Plus is a premium choice because it looks great and offers the latest digital improvements. Your child will be so proud to show it off to their friends and say that it’s from mom and dad.
Perhaps one of the best things about the unit is that you can pick the carrier. No need to spend extra dollars having it unlocked. You can also install a parental control app.
Nokia Lumia 550
These days, kids use their smartphones for all sorts of things. Aside from social media and YouTube, they also do research for school work, so you want to give them a phone that charges fast and works efficiently.
For $135, you can purchase a Nokia Lumia 550 and provide your child a reliable smartphone with direct access to Windows-friendly devices and programs. That could be very handy, indeed.
Moto G4 Play
This unit is one of the more popular options for parents. The unlocked version of a Moto G4 Play is worth about $180, which is a very friendly price tag for a unit with a long list of exciting features.
The phone has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage, a micro-SD slot, a 5.0-inch LCD with great resolution, and rear and front cameras. Your kids would love to get their hands on this smartphone.
Nokia Lumia 635
The Nokia Lumia 635 offers a high-quality experience for a reasonable investment on a handset—worth around $140.
Although it isn’t a Samsung Galaxy Note or an iPhone 7, it has features that allow you to manage online downloads, apps, and games. You’ll be a satisfied parent with a happy child when you choose this unit.
At approximately $99, the compact Huawei Y3 is a reasonable investment. It offers a good experience in gaming, online surfing, and even research for schoolwork.
The screen may be small at four inches square, but that should be enough for a precocious kid with insatiable curiosity. Besides, the 1.2 GHz quad-core processor makes up for the small screen size, don’t you think?
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi3
When it comes to user experience, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi3 handset is not one to be left behind. The unlocked version is about $73.00 from Amazon, and has an 8 GB memory and runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.
There’s enough internal storage to run all the apps your kids prefer. Video calls may be in low resolution, but there is enough power in the cameras for decent selfies.
When you are ready to buy your child a smartphone, consider the options we’ve presented here. Who would’ve thought that you can get amazing phones at reasonable prices?
Valerie Chua is a seasoned writer for Globe. She is an expert in everything about Gadgets and accessories in the Philippines.