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A roundup of some of the best smartphones for teens

best smartphones for teens

Ting’s got the best smartphones for teens

Teenage smartphone ownership is a win-win for parents and kids. You get a direct line to your teen and they get access to talk and text, surfing and social media. On Ting, you also get admin control of the account and how much any phone can use while your teen gets to demonstrate how responsible they can be without the risk of accidentally using a ton of mobile data.

If your kid is due for a new phone or has shown responsible ownership with an old flip phone or hand-me-down, it might be time to look into a new model.

So what kind of gear does a teen really need? A user-friendly OS, fast processing and sharp selfie and front cameras can’t hurt. We’ve included two affordable Android options as well as Apple’s entry-level iPhone (the priciest phone on our list).

Entry-level

best smartphones for teensMoto E4 $129 in the Ting shop

Meet the Moto E4. It has a 5-inch HD display, a great battery and runs Android 7.1. It takes great photos for Snapchat and Instagram with a selfie with front flash. On the back: A higher resolution camera and another flash. The Moto E4 packs a punch at a great price.

Mid-range

Moto G6
Moto G6 $249 from Ting (or as low as $14/month with Ting device financing*)

With a fingerprint sensor, 5.7-inch display and glass body, the Moto G6 has the look of a premium phone with all the bells and whistles too. We think it makes a great gift for older teens.

best smartphones for teens

High-end

iPhone SE $399 from Ting (or as low as $17/month with Ting device financing*)

Apple’s smaller display, 4-inch iPhone carries with it a lower price tag… by Apple standards. Another upside of a smaller screen is longer battery life.

Hey parents

Check out some of our other smartphone suggestions for kids of all ages. We also let you in on some tips for curbing screen time at home and raising responsible smartphone users.


*Monthly payments are based on a 24 month period 0% APR financing from Ting, in partnership with lending partner Affirm. Calculations are based on the advertised purchase price on the date of publication at 0% APR over 24 months. Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 12-, 18-, and 24-month terms based on creditworthiness. Down payment may be required. Offer is subject to change at any time. Previous purchases are ineligible for offer. For purchases under $100, limited payment options are available. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank, Member FDIC.

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