Best Phones for Kids, from Elementary Age to High Schoolers

If it's time to purchase your child a phone, you need to know your options. Whether you're getting a beginner phone for your elementary-aged kid or upgrading to a more high-tech phone for your teen or tween, here are the best options.

Best Phone for Kids: iPhone XR photo

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Best iPhone for Kids: iPhone XR

If your tween or teen is begging for a trendy iPhone, the recently released XR is the best iPhone for kids. The iPhone XR is more cost efficient than other new iPhone models (by about $250) without losing many of the impressive specs the more expensive iPhones have, like a 12MP camera, Face ID to unlock the phone, waterproof material and more. The XR comes in a variety of kid-friendly colors like coral, yellow, blue, black and white. Parents with Apple products can set parental controls on their kid's iPhone remotely. ($749; apple.com)

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Best Phone for Kids Who Love Selfies: Samsung Galaxy A6 photo

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Best Phone for Kids Who Love Selfies: Samsung Galaxy A6

Actually, the Samsung Galaxy A6 is great for more than just selfies. The 16MP front and rear cameras capture sharp, detailed photos that will impress any kid who enjoys photography. The Samsung Galaxy A6 can be accessed by a fingerprint or facial recognition, and has tons of storage to save all of those amazing photos. ($360; samsung.com)

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Best Phone for Clumsy Kids: Kyocera DuraForce Pro photo

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Best Phone for Clumsy Kids: Kyocera DuraForce Pro

Got a kid who breaks everything? The Kyocera DuraForce Pro is the smartphone for them. A rugged body and Sapphire Shield protection keep the phone safe from drops and falls. The Kyocera DuraForce Pro is also waterproof, dustproof and meets military standards for holding up in harsh conditions. This phone will stand up to even the toughest kiddos. ($239; amazon.com)

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Best Android Phone for Teens: Google Pixel 3 photo

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Best Android Phone for Teens: Google Pixel 3

If you're looking for an Android phone your teen or tween will love, the Google Pixel 3 promises to impress. It comes in three grown-up-feeling colors—white, black and a light pink shade cheekily named "Not Pink." The Pixel 3 has a 12.2MP camera, limitless online storage and fun features like Google Assistant. It can only be bought through Verizon. ($799; bestbuy.com)

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Best Phone for Young Kids: LG GizmoGadget photo

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Best Phone for Young Kids: LG GizmoGadget

This may look more like a smartwatch for kids than a smartphone, but the LG GizmoGadget has two-way calling and text message capabilities for up to 10 contacts. The fact that it's wearable and allows for limited communication makes this a great choice for elementary-aged children. Even better? It has GPS tracking, which allows parents to see the location of their children from their own smartphone. The LG GizmoGadget also has a built-in fitness tracker. The LG GizmoGadget is currently only available through Verizon. ($180; verizon.com)

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Best Beginner Phone for Kids: Unihertz Jelly Pro photo

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Best Beginner Phone for Kids: Unihertz Jelly Pro

The Unihertz Jelly Pro smartphone is incredibly affordable, which makes it a great first phone for younger kids. The phone is also one of the smallest smartphones available, with a 2.45-inch screen that's perfect for little fingers but impractical for older kids. While it has all the capabilities of the bigger, brand-name Android smartphones, the Unihertz Jelly Pro is best for the basics—hours of video streaming and social media aren't its strong point. ($125; amazon.com)

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Best Budget Phone for Kids: Kurio Watch photo

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Best Budget Phone for Kids: Kurio Watch

The Kurio watch has all the trappings of a smartwatch for kids — games, texting capabilities to other Android devices, camera, activity tracker and more. But this watch can also make and receive calls by connecting to a parent's phone via Bluetooth. That means kids can make calls without having their own phone line or seperate phone number to worry about. ($39; walmart.com)

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