Our research shows that a third of parents say they find it difficult to choose the right phone for their children, and are uncertain on where to go for advice. There are a lot of things to consider - like how much to spend, the most suitable handsets, and the safety aspect of introducing your child to the internet. View FAQs.
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For a phone to be a smartphone, it has to have internet access and be able to download apps. Smartphones are closer to computers than ordinary phones in terms of what you can do with them.
Yes. When touchscreen phones were still quite rare, you'd often find your touches weren't registered properly. But all new smartphones have brilliantly sensitive screens that respond exactly how you'd expect them to.
This depends on which smartphone you have and how much you use it. If you use your phone quite a lot, you'll probably need to charge it every night. But most people should get about two days of use out of most new smartphones before needing to recharge the battery.
The screens on new smartphones are surprisingly hard to break as many use something called Gorilla Glass to protect them. If you do manage to break the screen, it'll most likely just be the top layer of glass so you'll still be able to use the phone, it just won't look very good. If you accidentally give it a huge whack and break the panel under the top layer of glass, the screen will stop working and you'll have to get it replaced.
There are a few really good apps designed to keep kids safe when using their smartphones. They let you control how long your kids can spend online, and at what time of the day they’re allowed to use the internet.
Mobile Guardian and Qustodio are both offer great starting points, available to download for both Android and iOS. Read more on The Lowdown.