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Last week we asked you which cell phone should be the first one a kid gets Which Kind of Cell Phone Will You Buy Your Kids First? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Kind of Cell Phone Will You Buy Your Kids First? [MakeUseOf Poll] Cell phones are everywhere. Everyone uses them. All the time. Sooner or later, kids want one. Which one should they get? Read More . More than 250 readers voted in this poll, and the main result is that there is no main result. When it comes to kids’ first phone, MakeUseOf readers are completely undecided.

Out of 255 votes in total, 14% will buy their kids a new high-end smartphone as their first cell phone, 15% think kids shouldn’t have cell phones until they can buy one for themselves, 19% will go for a regular cell phone, 23% will buy a low-end smartphone, and 29% won’t buy a cell phone but give kids a used one instead.

One thing’s for sure, though: most kids today are getting a cell phone.


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Why would kids even need a cell phone? Bob Myers doesn’t think they actually do, except for special cases, and tells us why a cell phone might even put a child at risk more than prevent it. For his interesting comment Which Kind of Cell Phone Will You Buy Your Kids First? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Kind of Cell Phone Will You Buy Your Kids First? [MakeUseOf Poll] Cell phones are everywhere. Everyone uses them. All the time. Sooner or later, kids want one. Which one should they get? Read More , Bob wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt:

Despite all the advertising and peer pressure, under thirteen year olds don’t normally “need” a cell phone except in unusual cases like chronic disabling illness, bullying (calling home when getting off the bus and staying connected until they get home) and similar circumstances. Cell phones also make them a target for thieves who may also injure them as a warning or disable them from quickly reporting the theft. I’ve been two bicycle “gangs” and one afoot gang steal cell phones from grade school kids from my living room window in the last year or so.

Which Company Made The Cell Phone You Currently Own?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Samsung, Apple, Nokia, LG…. these names are more than just buzzwords on tech blogs. They’re the companies that make the majority of the world’s phones. While Samsung currently leads the world’s phone makers, this is not necessarily the case among our readers. Which phone do you own? Which is the most popular company on MakeUseOf? Let’s vote!


Did you vote for “other”? Tell us which company made your phone. Why did you choose the phone you own? Is it price? Specs? Operating system? Share everything in the comments.

  1. A41202813GMAIL
    March 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Before NOKIA 5110, Now SAMSUNG GTE1170.


  2. LadyDi
    March 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Samsung and I love it.

  3. Ben S
    March 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I'm rocking my LG Nexus 5. I love it; I previously had the HTC EVO 3D. I don't hate HTC, but I really don't like third-party skins on Android. Stock is the way for me.

  4. Adetunji O
    March 10, 2014 at 7:37 am

    After taking a look at my Smartphone and Tablet, which both are from Samsung, I thought maybe not to vote because i don't have a particular affinity for Samsung, they just happen to make the best buy! Infact about 5 years ago Samsung was not on my favorite 5 list. But now the price is good, the specs are even better and the device has the right beauty appeal, even the publicity stunts are crazy. I just feel empowered with this devices.

  5. Md Mukhtar M
    March 10, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I own a phone of indian brand Micromax , which is Canas 2.2 (A114) . Even it is budget phone worth price 11,000 rupees or 180 - 190 $ , I am quite satisfied with it . It performs well in my all daily task , infact a little too well , I am just too happy to own this phone.

  6. terry
    March 10, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I have a Blackberry 9900 and I'll probably keep it until it bites the dust. I use it mostly for e-mail, secondarily for texting and then as a phone. The physical keyboard lets me type superfast. I can't do nearly as well on an I-phone and I've tried with my husband's plenty of times. Meanwhile his nice and sleek I-phone 5 lives in a "Mophi" battery case because he runs out of power by late afternoon without it. Google works great as a browser for on the go web searches and I don't have to worry about battery life. Apps "schmapps." I'll dig out an I-pod touch if I want to play. I hope by the time my BB no longer works there will be something available with a physical qwerty keyboard.
    I also use the browser and Google works just fine on my Blackberry. I don't care if on this one I'm a "luddite."

  7. Keefe K
    March 10, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I have a Nokia Lumia 520, which I actually think is a pretty good budget smartphone. However, the problem isn't with the phone itself, but the mobile platform it's one: Windows Phone 8. Before people attack me for saying it's all Microsoft's fault, I know it's not...and I believe that WP8 has the potential to be something great! However, it currently lacks certain features found on other mobile platforms, which makes my Nokia feel unexciting. I am however, extremely excited about the new features announcing the commingling updates, as Microsoft has obviously been listening to it's customer feedback, and delivering changes to bring WP8 up to speed against iOS and Android. Although, then my next problem is that the updates roll out very slowly, as Nokia likes offering an enhanced version of it, which adds some of their features of their own. While I also like this, the problem is I'm still waiting on the GDR3 update (coded 'Black Update' from Nokia) to arrive on my phone and carrier, which seems to be last on the list. I'm trying to wait patiently, but with features like rotation lock, and custom alert tones, it's difficult to be.

    But I still love my Lumia 520, no matter how much better other smartphones are compared to it, and despite it's problems as well. And that's what matters in the end, isn't it?

  8. Scott F. Guinn
    March 10, 2014 at 12:53 am

    My first smartphone was an HTC Touch (Windows 6). Then I got a Hero and then an Evo (both also HTC, and both Android). I let a friend talk me into an iphone. I had an 8GB iphone 4, which was a HUGE step backward from the EVO, which had 16 GB internal memory, a 32 GB micro sd card, 4G, etc. As soon as I was eligible with my plan I switched back to Android. I have a Samsung Galaxy s4, and I'm LOVING it! Had to help my wife with something on her iphone 4 yesterday--it seemed like a slow, tiny, little toy. FANDROID, baby! The OS and customization options are more important to me than the manufacturer.

  9. Leah C
    March 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I hate talking on the phone but I love having a cell phone. I wish I had one back in high school. I am a worrier and when my mom would pick me up from school many times she was not there on time. She was only like five minutes late but like I said I'm a worrier. If I had a cell phone I could have called her and eased my mind (only one time did she forget me and that's because she thought I was going home with my brother).


    I currently have a Samsung Galaxy S3 my first smartphone. I like having the smartphone. I like playing games and being able to connect to the internet on the go. Just the other day my laptop's internet went down and I was able via my phone to find out that it was an area outage (I could've called, but I hate talking on the phone). Being able to text is a godsend for someone like me.

  10. Charles R
    March 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I've "been with" Android for just over a year now. Before that it was all feature phones and "not-quite smartphones." Quality at a lower cost is why I bought into Android. Samsung met those qualifications for the S3 I now have.

  11. Bob Myers
    March 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you for the T-shirt. I couldn't figure out how to make the rewards program work. (We Luddites have that problem sometimes.) Please choose one of your employees who is a single parent, male of female, and give the T-shirt to the progeny of their choice.

    My and my wife's GSM cell phones are Motorola V551's. They've been doing what we need, mostly making phone calls and little else, for more than ten years. We're still using the same prepaid phone provider except when we're OCONUS . Because they are "our" phones, we turn them on when we want them on, not 24-7. We did get a couple of power packs that have a photo voltaic ("solar") panel to keep them charged in places where there is no mains electricity. The power pack supplements the extra battery we carry and alternate each month.

    Bob Myers

    • dragonmouth
      March 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Nice Gesture with the T-Shirt. Kudos.

    • Yaara L
      March 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for being so generous with your t-shirt! If you'd like some help with the rewards system, please let me know. Don't worry, it won't come on account of anyone on staff. :)

  12. ed
    March 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Samsung Windows Phone.

    • Saumyakanta S
      March 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      A new catagory eh ?? or they made a new deal out of the blue ??

  13. Shawn
    March 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Samsung! Galaxy S III
    Controls T.V.
    Controls PLEX
    Connects Remotely
    And much much more

  14. Vishal S
    March 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I am presently surprised to see Motorola at 7+% in the poll at the time of my vote. 18 guys from the 231 (at the time of writing) said they owned a Motorola device. It is surprising how a company that got sold (twice) is make devices that sell a lot. In my opinion, they raised the bar with the Moto G for medium end smartphones (medium end in Indian market) and Moto X for higher end ones.
    So, it goes without telling that I do own a Motorola device and its a Moto G. This phone is off the charts for its price. So what that Samsung is the company that sells the most android devices, so what if iPhone is the most desired device for many people, when it comes to the bang for the buck, this device beats all competitors hands down. Awesome build by Motorola and an amazing comeback by them!!

  15. Peter F
    March 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I own the Nexus 4. My second android phone and I love it to bits. As an android "fanboy" I have no problems with apple or i-phones apart from their price, but for lower cost of a Nexus I really didn't have any problem choosing the bloatware free, easy to use and smart looking Nexus 4. Each to their own I say, although I really don't see much difference in most android phones be it Samsung, LG etc... when apps can make one phone look and feel like pretty much any other. For me it comes down to cost.

  16. Mike
    March 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I used to have an iPhone, but it developed some faults that the Apple tech told me were easy to fix, but he wasn't going to do it because he wanted something challenging to work on. I bought a Samsung galaxy s III and I won't be going back to Apple.

  17. Rajaa C
    March 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Hailing from a developing country like India, buying a smartphone, and that too usually at a limited budget for most common people, I too was no exception. Also, we cannot usually afford the notion of changing the smartphone we invested in, on a regular interval, as in developed countries. These factor drove my evaluation process before purchase, where at-least my investment should hold good for at-least minimum 3 years, if not more. With a budget of around US $160 equivalent a year back, my choice almost became a no brain er. I cannot dream an Apple at that price, and the android choices I was getting, had a lot to be desired in terms of performance (lag and hanging issues. The undisputed choice, with an over whelming margin, was the brilliant Nokia Lumia 520 ( at the given price point ). When I started owning one, I was so pleasantly surprised with the zippy performance, the vivid colors and even the moderately great pictures and videos taken. Onedrive integration, MS Office mobile, simple wifi reverse tethering (pain in android), XBOX games, Nokia music and more such brilliant features, it simply stands tall among similar price point offerings from it's competitor, specially android. Also the built quality is much better for a US $160. Today it is available at US $115 in India, and is practically a steal. A very satisfied customer one year down the line. Thank you Nokia and Microsoft. Lastly, I do not need the zillion apps other eco-system boasts off (do they get installed in one phone anyways I wonder, sounds hilarious when fanboys claim we have 10 million choices, yea but only one phone to get them all installed :P ), I do have all the important apps I need and yea pure MS Office.

  18. dragonmouth
    March 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I'm a unrepentant dinosaur. I don't own a cell phone and I don't plan to get one.

    • Lamees
      March 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      lots of us wish to do that , but am curious do you own a tablet instead? ( you know, for quick Internet access)

    • dragonmouth
      March 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

      "lots of us wish to do that"
      As a Nike commercial says - "just do it!"

      " do you own a tablet instead?"
      My desktop gives me quick enough access. I don't believe in being connected 24/7/365. As it is, I spend too much time on the computer. Life is too short to waste it staring at a screen.

    • Justin P
      March 11, 2014 at 1:07 am

      No smartphone hi-five!

    • dragonmouth
      March 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      How can I EVER go on with my life?! :((

  19. DevS
    March 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I have an HTC 8X. The looks are awesome, astonishing finish, easy to hold and intelligently placed hardware keys. It has WP8 (updated to Amber), a fast, very fast OS with no lag like the android ones. 720p (342ppi) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processer, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 8MP back cam, 2.1MP front cam and brilliant battery backup. What more can anyone want with their phone? :)

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