Best phones for teenagers 2017

Best mobile phones for teens

The teenager label is a broad one to say the least as we see widely varying degrees of age and maturity,  and the wants associated to these. At the younger end of this demographic we find the pay as you go user while at the upper end we find teenagers on a monthly contract for the first time.

First off we highlight three cheap handset only or pay as you go mobile phones for teenagers:

1. LG K4 £99.99

2. Samsung Galaxy J3 £119.99

3. Moto G4 Play £124.99

Now let's take a look at contract mobile phone for teenagers:

Huawei Honor 5C

Huawei Honor 5C for teens

With prices starting from £10 per month on a contract, it really isn’t expensive to get hold of one of the most popular brands of 2017. The Huawei Honor 5C is certainly one of our favourites and it recently scored 89/100 in our review.

The reason for justifying such a high score was the sheer number of premium features. The Huawei Honor 5C is made from aircraft grade aluminium with a brushed effect finish and the practical 5.2” Full HD display has a scratch resistant coating and gloves mode.

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The 13MP camera encourages photographic creativity with a light painting mode and a light graffiti mode. The 8MP selfie camera has ten beauty modes and there is a massive 3,000mAh battery, to ensure that you get through the day.

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Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE for teenagers

For some teenagers only an iPhone will do and the Apple iPhone SE can be found for around £15 per month on contract or at £380 on a pay as you go scheme. 

Once again we find premium qualities, such as a bead blasted aluminium body and Touch ID fingerprint security. Many teens will like the fact that this iPhone is very compact, yet the 4” display is plenty big enough to make the most of gaming and features like Siri.
The processor in the iPhone SE is just as fast as the one used on the more expensive iPhone 6s. There is a 12MP camera and it is possible to shoot video at 4K quality.

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LG K3 for students

At just £4.50 per month on a contract, the LG K3 is a bargain buy for teenagers who want the convenience of post pay, combined with the smallest financial commitment possible.

The LG K3 is almost as compact as the iPhone SE with its 4.5” display. The phone is powered by Android Marshmallow and has a 5MP camera with a quick share icon. The camera can also record HD video.

There several apps that will appeal to teenagers and in particular students. The LG Quick Memo+ app gives students the ability to write notes over images and screenshots. Other useful apps includes Tasks and Evernote.

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Sony Xperia XA

Sony Xperia XA for teenagers

At just over £12 per month on a contract or at £225 on pay as you go, the Sony Xperia XA is an attractive offer to teens that want to either prepay or post pay for their usage.

The Sony Xperia XA has a 5” HD display and is available in Rose Gold, Lime Gold and Graphite Black. To complete the look, there is a colour matched lock screen and user interface, for each of these colour variants.

Teens will also love the fact that this mobile phone has serious sound output. Sony technologies employed includes Clear Bass, X-Loud and S-Force 3D. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow and has a 13MP main camera and 8MP selfie camera with wide angle lens.

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Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

Samsung will soon launch its Galaxy A series of mobile phones, updated for 2017. Three new models have been announced, to cater for different pricing brackets. 

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 will offer a premium metal and glass build, IP68 certification against water and dust and a 16MP main camera and selfie camera. All of these characteristics will make the series attractive to teenagers. 

Galaxy A 2017 series announced

Written by: Michael Brown

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Microsoft Lumia 550 | Windows 10 on a budget

£79.99 Pay as you go | £89.95 SIM free

The Microsoft Lumia 550 gives the young teen access to the Windows 10 operating system, which more than ever looks and works the way it does on a Windows 10 computer, which has clear educational benefits. Regardless of this, the phone is nice and small with a 4.7” display and has all of the main social networking apps pre-installed.

Microsoft Lumia 550

Groove Music and MixRadio will offer entertainment along with the 5MP camera and 2MP selfie camera that can also be used to make Skype calls. The virtual assistant understands natural dialogue and can answer questions, while the GPS with free maps can be used to provide on-foot navigation.

Verdict: A really cheap phone for the 13-16 year old.  

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Motorola Moto G (2015) | Fashion and photography

£129.99 Pay as you go | £144.99 SIM free

The Motorola Moto G creeps up in price just a little, but this offers a more refined design that can be tailored to individual fashion tastes through exchangeable Motorola Shells. The 13MP main camera is paired with a 5MP camera on the reverse and these offer burst mode photography, slow motion video playback and a selfie display flash for evening photography.

Moto G

The large 5” HD display is protected against knocks and scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass, while  IP certification for water resistance protects this youth-orientated phone from accidental splashes and the rain.

Verdict: A fashionable phone with photography aimed at the older teen.

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Huawei P8lite | Premium design

From £9.50 per month

The Huawei P8lite is a pay monthly contract phone that is priced to be friendly towards the budgets of teenagers entering the contract market for the first time. The phone has a premium and sophisticated looking design that will not look out of place at college, university or work.

Huawei P8lite
The Huawei P8lite is perfectly flat and balanced for the palm, which in conjunction with Huawei’s Swype keyboard, enables one-handed typing with the keyboard aligned to the left or right of the 5” display. There is a a Safe feature for storing private files and an enlarged sound chamber with SmartPA amplifiers, to make the most of media.

The 13MP camera is well suited for a first holiday abroad alone with a handy Online Translation feature. Time Lapse photography can be used to capture creative results while the 5MP selfie camera gets great results of its own through smile recognition, which activates the shutter.

Verdict: A great first contract phone for college, uni or the workplace.

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Sony Xperia M5 | Professional grade photography

From £17 per month

The Sony Xperia M5 gives the more mature teen professional grade photography with a main 21.5MP camera. The 13MP selfie camera is currently the highest definition available in the UK market. The camera has auto-recognition of 52 scene types, autofocus in a quarter of a second, 5x Clear Image Zoom and 4K video recording (4x the resolution of Full HD).

Sony Xperia M5

More boxes get ticked for the young adult with durability created through stainless steel corners and a 5” display that is slightly sunken, for knock protection. The Sony Xperia M5 is also IP certified for dust and water resistance.

This smartphone runs on Android Lollipop and Sony has already stated its intention to provide a free over-the-air upgrade to Android Marshmallow soon. The pre-installed SensMe software will also attract the teenager and this analyses individual music tracks to create playlists of the same mood. 

Verdict: A top buy for photography, durability and music.

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Written by: Michael Brown

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