Last week we asked you which cell phone should be the first one a kid gets. 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.
Comment Of The Week
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, 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?
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.