Best Kids’ Phones 2018

If you’re looking for a cell phone for your child, you might not want to get them a full-fledged smart phone just yet, with 24/7 fast internet access and all that that entails. A dumb phone is therefore a very good option for kids that are old enough to have their own phone, so they can call home in an emergency situation, or parents can reach them to find out their whereabouts.

For a kids’ phone, stability is a must. It shouldn’t easily break when accidentally dropped, stepped on, left outside in the rain, or whatever. Therefore, we definitely recommend getting a rugged phone for your kids.

A simple speed dial option is a plus, for kids that are too young to remember their home phone number. However most kids get the hang of using technical equipment like phones a lot faster than us older folks, so we wouldn’t be too concerned about this as long as the number is stored somewhere in the phone.

Another great feature for a kids’ phone is an MP3 player, so they can listen to music or audio programs on long rides, flights, and similar potentially boring situations.

Our favorite phone for kids is the Samsung Convoy 3. While not completely waterproof, it can take some getting wet or being dropped. It comes with an MP3 player and a speed dial function. It also has a couple of games, and the push-to-talk feature can be fun.

If you’re looking for a 100% waterproof phone for your kids, go for the Casio Ravine 2 which is fully rugged.

 

Samsung Intensity 2 dumb phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Samsung Intensity II SCH-U460 QWERTY Slide Phone (Verizon)

The Samsung Intensity II is a slider phone that was designed with texting and social media in mind, making it a great dumb phone especially for kids and teenagers. It has a full number and navigation keypad on the outside, just like a typical bar phone. Sliding the phone open ...
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ZTE Z432 Low-Cost AT&T GoPhone with full QWERTY keyboard

ZTE Z432 Low-Cost QWERTY GoPhone (AT&T)

The ZTE Z432 is a popular low-cost GoPhone on the AT&T network. It features a full-scale QWERTY keyboard, great for typing text messages. The keys are obviously rather though, as we would expect with a QWERTY bar phone of this size. GoPhone means this is a prepaid phone, so you ...
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LG Extravert 2 QWERTY Slide Phone With Touch Screen (Verizon)

The LG Extravert 2 (VN280) is a versatile dumb phone that comes with a touch screen plus a full-blown QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath. The QWERTY keyboard is great for texting, while the 3.2" touch screen make it look and feel almost like a smart phone without actually ...
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Samsung a157 Non-Camera Flip Phone (AT&T)

Phones without a built-in camera are rather hard to come by these days. With all the talk about hacking going on, some may be aiming to ensure their privacy, while others may just wish to go as light as possible on technology with their phone. Whatever your reasons for desiring ...
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Samsung Convoy 3 U680 Rugged Flip Phone (Verizon)

The Samsung Convoy 3 is a great, ruggedized flip phone that can handle a lot of harsh treatment. It meets military standard MILSTD810F in terms of resistance to dust and sand, shock, vibration, and humidity. While it doesn't claim to be 100% waterproof (so you'd better not take it for a swim ...
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Casio g’zOne C781 Ravine 2: Rugged Flip Phone (Verizon)

I have no idea how Casio came up with this name, nor how to pronounce it, but the g'zOne C781 Ravine 2 (shall we just call it Ravine 2?) rugged phone can definitely stand some punishment. It is IP67 and MIL-STD-810F certified to be highly dust, shock, and water resistant. Now ...
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Compare Technical Specs

Best Dumb Phones For Kids 2018

PhoneCasio g’zOne C781 Ravine 2Samsung Convoy 3 U680Samsung a157LG Extravert 2 VN280
Approx. price$90$75$80$60
Battery1150mAh1300mAh800mAh1000mAh
Bluetoothv3.0, A2DPv2.1, A2DPv3.0, A2DP
BrowserOpera MiniOpera MiniOpera Mini
Camera3.2 MP3.2 MPNo2MP
CarrierVerizonVerizonAT&TVerizon
Dimensions2" x 0.8" x 4.3"2" x 0.8" x 4.1"3.8" x 1.8" x 0.7"4.4" x 2.15" x 0.64"
Display (ext)1.38", 128x128px1.3", 128x128px3.2" Touch (240x400px)
Display (int)2.2", 240x320px2.4" 240x320px1.8", 128x160px
E-mail clientYesNoYes
FlashlightYesYes
Form factorFlipFlipFlipSlide
FM RadioNoNo
GamesYesYes
GPSYesYesYes
Headset jack2.5mmNo
Hearing aidM4/T4 compatibleM4M4, T4
Memory (RAM)256MB256MB256MB512MB
MP3 playerYesYesYesYes
MP3 ring tonesYesYesYes
RuggedIP67, 810F810FNoNo
SIM cardYesNoYesNo
SD card (max.)32GB32GB32GB
Speed dialYesYes
SpeakerphoneYesYesYesYes
Standby time21 days19 days10 days16 days
Talk time4h40m6h30m5h6h
USBMicroUSB 2.0MicroUSB 2.0MicroUSB 2.0
Vibration alarmYesYesYes
Voice dialYesYes
WaterproofYesNot 100%No
Weight (oz)4.93.04.15