Monqi Kids Smartphone review
For kids and parents
With Christmas fast approaching, many parents will be nervous about buying their child their first smartphone. Well, put your nerves aside because Monqi has created the smartphone that you are looking for.
Our Monqi Kids Smartphone review confirms that there is finally a smartphone that is as desirable to kids as it is to parents. The Parental Management Tools allow the parent to set up a safe internet experience that is run by quality hardware, that is safe and affordable.
The Monqi Kids Smartphone also looks and feels very adult, making it as desirable to child, as it is to the parent, but for very different reasons.
The Monqi Kids Smartphone has a 5” IPS display with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This equates to 293 pixels per inch, which is plenty enough detail for gaming, viewing photos and watching videos.
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Most importantly, the screen has an edge-to-edge design that will be highly desirable, even to those in their teens. The Monqi weighs 165g and is 8.8mm thick and both of these are typical for phones in the same pricing bracket.
The performance is driven by a MediaTek quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB RAM. This is likewise typical for the pricing bracket and handles video, gaming and the internet well.
Phone Set Up
Parent Monqi app
The Monqi Kids Smartphone is available now and the parent can set up the phone for the child. The details of what can be set up we will cover in a moment in the features section of this review.
Before we move on, we should point out that ready Christmas, the Parent Monqi app will become available for download onto Android or Apple smartphones, during December. With the Parent Monqi app, parents get remote management of the Monqi Kids Smartphone and can access to the child’s whereabouts. Parents will also be able to observe and control the screen time.
Android Monqi OS
The Monqi Kids Smartphone runs on an adapted version of Google’s Android operating system, named Monqi OS. The Monqi software forms part of the operating system, so it can’t be deactivated or deleted. This makes it different to other so-called ‘child-friendly’ phones.
For parents, here are the main features that can be controlled or viewed, through the Parent Monqi app:
- Activities - Here you can view app usage, calls, texts and app downloads.
- Location - View the child’s location over time, complete with a summary of what they did at certain locations. Parents can also use live tracking to see where the child is at any specific moment.
- Geo Fencing - Parents can set up multiple locations such as home, school, swimming or a friends house and then get alerts when the child arrives or leaves these locations.
- Contacts - Parents can add or remove contacts remotely.
- Scheduling - Here you can add schedules for school time, homework, nighttime, weekends and other activities. Within each, you can set restrictions for the amount of call time or app usage, for example.
- Usage & App Management - Here you can view and set app usage limits for each day, possibly restricting the amount of time that Angry Birds can be played.
The Jungle Store is the place where children can download kids-safe and approved apps. None of the apps in the Jungle Store have inappropriate ads or in-app purchases.
Of course, you may wish for your child to be able to use other Android apps, that you deem okay and safe. You can approve these app downloads so that the child can download them from Google’s Play Store.
Camera & Video
Sony camera lens
Quality shines through again with a Sony-built 13MP camera with LED flash. Children can develop their photography skills with this camera but can only share photos with friends that you have approved.
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There is a 5MP selfie and video calling camera and an 8GB memory for storing photos and videos. The memory can be expanded if needed by purchasing a 32GB microSD card.