Parents may face difficulty selecting the right phone for their children in the year 2022, as they should try to find the right balance between price and current trends, as well as look for screen size and gaming performance. 

With this article, we’ll look at budget, midrange, and flagship smartphones that are suitable for adolescents and younger kids, considering the aforementioned factors, as well as features that parents may find important, such as built-in GPS and parental controls. 

1. Apple iPhone SE (2022)

The Good Things

  • Affordable price 
  • Light, thin and compact 
  • iPhone with a button classic vibe
  •  Super fast processor 

The Bad Things

  • Feels dated
  • Only 64GB base storage
  • Battery life improved, but still below average
  • LCD screen instead of AMOLED

Review 

Apple has released its newest “budget” iPhone, the iPhone Se (2022), also known as the iPhone SE 3. It retains the old body of the iPhone 8 but offers a top-notch, modern processing system on the inside, making it the most powerful smartphone in its price range. It is good for gaming, but also excellent for selfies, photographs and videos.

As far as display, it has a small (for 2022) 4.7-inch screen, and it weighs only 5.08 ounces and 144.0 grams. Knowing Apple’s track record, we are sure it will continue to receive software updates for many years to come. On top of all that, the iPhone Se’s support of 5G makes it extremely future-proof.

2. Samsung Galaxy A52 

The Good Things

  • Beautiful, big,90 Hz AMOLED screen
  • Good camera, OIS Helps a lot
  • Stereo speakers sound good

The Bad Things

  • All around Plastic 
  • A bit bulky 
  • Performance can have a few hiccups 

Review

 2021’s mid-range Galaxy A52 features a stunning 6.5-inch AMOLED display and stereo speakers, making it a wonderful mobile device for watching YouTube videos and other content. Despite not being able to play at the highest graphics settings, its mid-range performance is good enough for 2D gaming.

This phone’s camera performance is very good for the price, and the main camera of the Galaxy A52 even offers optical image stabilization, so you’ll record video without much shakiness. A52’s ultra wide camera is another nice feature, and it can take portrait photos with a bokeh effect, which is a trend these days. 

3. Samsung Galaxy A21s

The Good Things

  • Excellent battery life 
  • Modern, simple design 
  • Main, ultra-wide and selfie cameras are great in good lighting conditions

The Bad Things

  • Disappointing display resolution and colour accuracy
  • Weak loudspeaker, no stereo sound 
  • Plastic back, not very solid build

Review

Samsung’s 6.5-inch smartphone, sporting a quad-camera system and a decent screen, is a good budget smartphone for watching videos and playing casual games. The camera also features wide-angle and macro options for taking creative photos.

We found that despite the phone’s price range, the performance isn’t smooth, but the large battery outlasted the phone’s performance for about 11 continuous hours while watching YouTube. The A21s is an excellent choice if the greatest priorities are screen size and affordability. 

4. Google Pixel 4a 5G

The Good Things

  • Top-notch still photo quality 
  • Polished software and user experience 
  • lightweight design 

The Bad Things

  • No waterproofing
  • Plastickly build 

Review 

Google Pixel 4a’s camera performance is unparalleled, surpassing even many flagship devices, making it a strong contender for those who are all about selfies and vlogging. In addition, the Pixel 4a is equipped with a sharp 5.8-inch OLED display, as well as a powerful Snapdragon 730G processor that can run even the difficult games at medium settings. There is a headphone jack on this phone, so headphone users will be happy.  

Android’s parental features like Google Family Link, such as parental controls, make the Pixel 4a a good smartphone for kids. 

Final Thoughts

Because there are so many companies that release new phones every day, it is difficult to list them all, but we have tried to include all our favorites here, and all of the smartphones above have received many excellent reviews, so if you know other best smartphones for children, please let us know, and then we will incorporate them into our next article.