Phones for your teenager (roundup)

It seems like just about every messaging phone is aimed for teens and tweens, but some smartphones and cell phones are better suited than others.

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I sometimes find myself in the middle of negotiations between teens and their parents about which phone to get. Invariably, the teens want the top-of-the-line smartphone, and who can blame them? What they eventually wind up with, however, is often further down the list.

I've rounded up a range of teen-friendly phones that includes some Android smartphones with youthful (or affordable) characteristics and a couple of other messaging phones that make a more visual splash than some of the other adequate texters out there.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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