We’ve all been there - your kids pester you for an age about using your smartphone so they can play a game… and then they drop it. You’re angry at yourself because you know that you probably shouldn’t have given it to them in the first place, and you’re also annoyed as you’ll have to pay out if your phone has sustained any damage. That got me thinking: are they any phones that are actually suitable to buy if you have children? Or are there at least any ways of protecting your current mobile device a bit better? Here’s what I found out...
Find a cheaper smartphone
Many of us business types tend to use an iPhone, and quickly get given the newest model when it hits the shops. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the glass on the front of my phone broken, which is a bit of a nightmare when you actually want to sell your iPhone online when you want a new model. But we don’t have to stick to the Apple device as there are plenty of more affordable smartphones on the market - they pretty much do the same things too. Here are just a few of them:
Google Nexus 4: The first offering is developed by Google and comes in at a bargain price of £159 for an 8GB model (you can pay slightly more - £199 - for 16GB). It has everything an iPhone has and more, although it is on the latest Android platform rather than iOS. It’s fast, has good apps and the camera on it works perfectly well. Oh yes, and you’ll be able to find a few apps your kids would like, just in case.
Samsung Galaxy Ace: For £99 you can get another Android device, albeit on an older platform (Gingerbread). This means that it won’t be as fast and full of features, but you’ll still be able to access your emails and social media mentions on the move. You’ll obviously also have the ability to make phone calls, send text messages and take photographs too. Some apps will work on this, but you may struggle with some that require better graphics and speed, but on the plus side your kids probably won’t bug you so they can play with it.
Sony Xperia: With a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, the Sony Xperia is another budget smartphone you could choose. The E model is available for around £103 and has a built in sound system and camera so you can still stay entertained on the go.
Get better protection for your phone
If you aren’t ready to downgrade, you could just attempt to make your phone safer in the hands of your kids. There are lots of different cases and skins you can buy for your specific model so have a look online as see what you can find. The last thing to consider is getting damage insurance for your mobile device, something worth considering if you have a very expensive model.
Posted by Jenna | Wednesday, October 16, 2013