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23. September 2014 15:48
by jennifer
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Kid Friendly Smartphones from AT&T

23. September 2014 15:48 by jennifer | 1 Comments

When my two daughters were recently asked by AT&T to review 2 of their smartphones, I jumped at the opportunity. My girls have been wanting phones for a while, and I figured this would be a great test of their maturity levels. Haley had reviewed one previously, and demonstrated that she was mature enough to handle it, so this time she got the opportunity to review a Samsung S5, while Ella reviewed the HTC Desire 610.

 

Ella offers her review below in a VLOG.

 

Here are Haley's thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is amazing for kids that are having trouble in school! How? Well kids can watch educational videos on YouTube encouraging education. Yep that’s right EDUCATION with a phone that sounds crazy right? But it’s not. It also can work without WIFI and it downloads excellent apps to help kids study their weak subjects. I used this phone to entertain myself and, study for my tests. Try it out and you’ll see that it’s an awesome phone. (My opinion.)

This phone is an amazing entertainer in long car rides. You can watch YouTube videos on it just like you would do on a computer. You can also play fun apps like Jetpack Joyride, Survival craft, Stack the States and Countries, and much more. With this phone it’s possible to do stuff you couldn’t do with other ones. Like: Be able to do stuff without WIFI and download apps that other phones couldn’t download. This phone is available at Technology stores, Wal-Mart, and nearby stores that have technology based things like T.Vs. This phone has helped so much to me and it was just awesome! I used it for everything and took it with me everywhere. You can take pictures and post them on the following websites: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

I used the phone to take photos of my experience at StartUp Weekend Tampa Youth, and of my family's recent visit to Kennedy Space Center.

 

 The Samsung S5 takes really great pictures.

 

Now, from my perspective. Price points aside, I preferred the HTC over the Samsung FOR KIDS. Why? It was smaller, lighter, and actually felt "sturdier."  If your kids are anything like mine, then they are rough on their electronics. Phones (and tablets) are being tossed haphazardly into backpacks and car "pockets" and I felt like the HTC could withstand more of a "beating" than the Samsung.

The HTC is available for purchase for $199 with NO contract, FREE with a 2 year contract, or $8.34 per month with AT&T Next.

At this point in time we've decided that Ella is not quite ready to handle the responsibility of a phone. Haley is ready, and we're discussing the possibility of getting her one for her 11th birthday this January.

If your kids have a phone, what type do they have??