What advice can you offer for someone buying older Android phones?

Anonymous May 3, 2014

I would like to purchase older versions of Android smart phones that come with stylus for my kids to use for games, cameras, music, Wi-Fi. so they will stop using my phone. Like you would use an iPod, except we are an Apple-free family… Any words of wisdom?

  1. Matthew
    May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Anything lower than Android 2.3 (either original, official update or rooted mod rom), would be severely limiting, as 2.3 is the oldest version to still get much app support

  2. Rajaa C
    May 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I will just deviate a bit and suggest why don't you instead look into a Nokia Lumia 520 for your kids. The kids can use it for all the popular games including XBOX games, have a decent 5MP rear camera with brilliant Nokia camera software, music with again brialliant Nokia MixRadio, very nice Wi-Fi connectivity with simple hotspot cretion with the device. Also Windows Phone 8.1 with be pushed to it once launched. At around US $115, it is a steal and no android phone will be able to match it's zippy performance. Besides WP8.1 will get pushed to it once launced and will make it an even more attractive proposition. :) Give it a shot.

  3. Dalsan M
    May 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    If you want a phone or mini-tablet that comes with a stylus, then they may have a resistive touchscreen instead of a capacitive touchscreen. This may cause issues as resistive touchscreen are less accurate and do not typically allow for multi-touch input and pinch-to-zoom. Resistive screens are, however, cheaper than capacitive.

    Capacitive screens require a different kind of stylus, but you can purchase a universal capacitive form of stylus almost anywhere. They work fine in most cases. The capacitive screens also help reduce frustration that children may have with touchscreens as the touch input (if the screen is of decent quality) is more accurate, allows pinch-to-zoom and multi-touch, and usually have higher quality image display than resistive screens.

    Depending on your wants and needs, Android 2.3.7 may be the lowest version you should go with. I have an older LG G2X with a custom Android 2.3.7 ROM as it is the last supported version for the phone with Nvidia Tegra support (any higher version of android would not have hardware acceleration support, which causes a tremendous amount of problems with game play and video playback). The phone is used by my daughter for playing games, listening to music, and watching videos. Due to the Android version being so old, many newer games or updated games tend to not work or have other issues. Android 4.0 would be highly suggested as the minimum for now.

    If games are going to be played often, then there should be a minimum of 512MB of RAM memory, and at least 1GHz processor speed would be minimum, dual core and/or higher speed (like 1.4GHz) would be recommended) I would suggest at least 4GB of internal storage since it may be difficult to install many apps to the phone if the storage is too low; rooting the phone and modifying system files may be necessary to install apps to the SD card, which should be considered.

    Unless you are wanting to activate phone service on the phone at any time, you may be better off looking for mini-tablets, portable media players (PMPs), or a regular tablet as you can get decent specifications on them for a similar price than an older phone. Cellular phone capabilities would cause the device to be higher priced than devices without cellular capabilities., which means you could get a dual core, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage mini tablet or regular tablet for the same price as a single core, 256MB RAM, 2GB internal storage phone.

    As with any technology purchase, or any purchase for that matter, research the devices you find, read the reviews carefully and look for the good and bad as well as any issues, and check several places to purchase the device so you can try to find a reasonable price with the possibility to return or exchange the devices that are reasonable.

    I would definitely use a screen protector and a good case for the device to increase durability.

  4. Hovsep A
    May 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    well older Android phones that stays around gingebread 2.3 android and cant be upgraded further then many games and applications that requires more than gingebread 2.3 android will not work. So first check that which kind of games your kids like to play and which requirements are needed regarding android version