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The best phones for kids and teenagers

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Buying the right phone for your kids can be a real quandary.

You don’t want to spend too much money on a handset which could end up lost, but you want to make sure they've got something reliable so you don’t find yourself upgrading it every time they pass from one school year to the next.

We’ve picked the best phones out there for kids and teenagers, breaking things down by age group to help you make the right choice. Read on and we’ll reveal all.

Need some more help buying a phone for your kids? We've got some advice and buying tips in our guide.

Ages 7–12

Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G, £11.99

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Bells and whistles and cutting-edge features are all well and good if you’re looking to splash out on a smartphone for yourself.

But a first phone for a young child really only needs to be able to do three things well: make calls, send texts and stay powered up for days on end.

The Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G does all these things with aplomb. The battery can last the best part of a week, so as long as it’s juiced up on a Sunday evening, it’ll be working fine if there are any hold ups at the school gate.

Find it here: Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G

AGPtEK D1, £63.99

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This clever kids smartphone appeals across the board.

For them, it’s a great way to show their pals they’ve got a swanky Android device with its own customisable interface.

For you, it’s a way to keep track of them when they’re not close by. The Parental Control Kids OS lets you connect your smartphone to their’s via a dedicated Google Play app, so you can see their location and whether the phone is active.

Find it here: AGPtEK D1

Young teens and tweens

Motorola Moto G4, £129.99

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Motorola’s budget smartphones are a great entry point for kids looking to jump from more basic phones.

The G4 is ideal: affordable, but with enough security and cool features to make it appealing to both you and your fashion-conscious young teen.

Its battery can last all day and there’s an eight-megapixel camera for taking more than decent photos, while Moto Maker allows them to customise the look and feel of the hanset so it stands out from the crowd.

Find it here: Motorola G4

Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus, £189

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For something a little more powerful, the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus ticks all the boxes. Its price tag isn’t prohibitive and its highly impressive 16-megapixel camera means budding photographers will fall in love with it from the off.

It has a fingerprint scanner, so if it gets stolen, cracking into it will prove impossible, while the 32GB of storage will is perfect for storing tunes for the school bus.

Find it here: Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus

Older teens

Apple iPhone SE, Free on contract

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The top–end iPhone 7 is an investment too far for many parents looking to get a new phone for their demanding older teenagers.

The smaller iPhone SE, however, can be picked up on a cheap monthly deal and still comes with the same cachet.

Its front–facing camera, with True Tone flash, makes it ideal for taking those all–important selfies, while the inclusion of Touch ID fingerprint recogniton technology and Find My iPhone means it’s a solid bet for those concerned about security.

Find it here: iPhone SE

Sony Xperia X Compact, Free on contract

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A stripped-down version of Sony’s best smartphone, the Xperia X is great for teens obsessed with documenting the every day.

There’s a superb 23-megapixel camera round the back for taking killer snaps and a more than ample five-megapixel effort at the front for selfies.

It can also shoot HD video, great for posting clips to YouTube. Throw in an up-to-date version of Google Android and you’ve got a device that’ll give them kudos at school without breaking the bank.

Find it here: Sony Xperia X Compact

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