Top smartphones for kids

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Five phones that would make a great Christmas gift for a youngster…
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Top smartphones for kids

If you’re thinking of buying a first phone for a kid this Christmas, we’ve got five that are definitely worth considering.

Before we start though, let’s just make one thing clear - none of our choices are top-of-the-range premium handsets. We think it makes more sense to get something a little more modest for a first phone. If the new owner can take care of it and treat it with respect, you can reward them with something even better in a year or two.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is a great update on the 2015 version. Its ultra-slim glass and metal body makes it look like a premium phone, and it’s packed with the same features you’ll find in Samsung’s high-end devices. It’s also got impressive battery life, with a handy power-saving mode to keep you connected for longer.
Price rating: £ £ £ (out of 5)

Buy the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) from Carphone Warehouse.

Moto G4 Play

The Moto G4 Play is a phone that can handle the rough stuff. The 5-inch LCD display is protected by super-tough Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and the phone’s body has a water repellent nano coating – ideal for Pokémon Go hunting in the rain.

The perfectly respectable 8MP camera takes decent photographs, and the 5MP selfie camera can handle video calls too. Battery life is good, and the phone should easily last all day without having to be recharged.
Price rating: £ (out of 5)

Buy the Moto G4 Play from Carphone Warehouse.

Huawei P9 Lite

The Huawei P9 Lite is a much more affordable than its big brother (the P9) and it’s packed with a lot of the same great features. These include a 5.2-inch Full HD display and a fingerprint scanner to keep your kid’s phone safe from curious classmates. It also has the same massive 3,000mAh camera as the P9, to keep it running all day long.

The 13MP camera is worth a mention too. It’s got a large aperture that lets in more light for brighter, more accurate photos, and it comes with a whole load of Huawei’s photo editing apps.
Price rating: £ £ (out of 5)

Buy the Huawei P9 Lite from Carphone Warehouse.

Sony Xperia X Compact

Sony makes great compact phones, and its Xperia X Compact is up there with the very best. The phone’s crystal clear 4.6-inch HD display uses Sony’s trademark TRILUMINOS technology, which gives you incredibly vivid colours and deep blacks. The camera is fantastic too, weighing in at a hefty 23MP and packed with features like superfast autofocus.
Price rating: £ £ £ £ (out of 5)

Buy the Sony Xperia X Compact from Carphone Warehouse.

LG K8

The LG K8 is a fantastic budget smartphone. The 8MP camera has lots of features to make photos look even better, and the 5MP selfie camera is pretty nifty too. Its clever ‘Gesture Shot’ feature lets you take selfies by simply holding your hand up and closing it into a fist. The 5-inch display is sharp, clear and responsive, and the woven rear cover adds a neat little touch of class.
Price rating: £ £ (out of 5)

Buy the LG K8 from Carphone Warehouse.

We hope you found our round-up useful. If you're seriously considering buying a phone as a gift, here's another article that's worth checking out - it's full of advice on choosing the right type of phone contract and network.
How to buy a phone as a gift.

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