While the SmartKids Phone does still allow internet and social access, your child's safety is easy to monitor, with a pre-downloaded proprietary owned parental control app. From here, you can whitelist certain numbers, create a virtual safe zone for your child, and view call, text, and app history.
While it's not the speediest or most powerful phone, it gives parents or guardians a new level of peace of mind. The SOS feature sends an SMS to up to five contacts of your choosing in the case of an emergency. You can access your child's real-time location through GPS, and be alerted when your child leaves a set safe zone, such as home or school.
The whitelist feature prevents unsaved and unapproved numbers from contacting your child, so you can rest easy knowing your child will not receive unsolicited calls and text messages.
Sitting at a decent 2000mAh, the SmartKids Phone's battery does its job. You can expect it to last between one to two days between charges, especially if your child forgets to charge it of a night. You can also see their battery status and location from your end, so if something happens and their phone dies, you know exactly where they last were located.
Performance-wise, the Opel SmartKids Phone isn’t the speediest, but it’s fast enough for a first smartphone user who isn’t into multitasking. To read more about what we think, check out our full Opel SmartKids Phone review.
You can buy the Opel SmartKids Phone outright for under $180, then pair it with a cheap prepaid mobile plan (like one of the popular picks below).