Smart choices for first smartphone

Parents should consider buying their primary school-going children budget or older phone models as their first device

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Some parents may be thinking about getting their child his or her first smartphone for the new school year.

But what phone models should they plump for? Or should they get the child a smartwatch instead?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2021, with the headline Smart choices for first smartphone. Subscribe