Docomo had previously released a couple of models for senior citizens but in their Winter 2019/2020 collection they have added a kids' mobile phone, the SH-03M.
As expected, this is a very plain device with barely any of the features that sell today's flagships or even mid-range phones.
The SH-03M comes with a 3.4-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It's not an IGZO display although in my personal opinion one would have helped increase battery life even more, which is very important in this case.
Indeed, this kids' phone has a very small battery, just 1200 mAh capacity, and while there's hardly anything installed on it that would hog the power. The SH-03M doesn't even have a web browser. No, it doesn't have a camera – although I would personally think it's important as it would allow parents to see their kid while talking to him or her. Maybe in the next model.
Let's see what it has:
Equipped with a full-range of monitoring functions, e.g. "return notifications" where parents are automatically notified when the child is coming home, and "Mimamori alerts" will alert both the parent and the child when the child gets too far away from the parent.
The SH-03M body is scratch-resistant – using the same colour for the body as for the display bezels ensures that, even if scratched, it won't stand out. Meanwhile, beside being water- and dust-proof, the phone is also shock-resistant so it's difficult to damage. Sharp also claim that the phone can be washed with foaming hand-soap.
The SH-03M will auto-convert characters to kanji in accordance with the grade the kid is in, the feature conforming to the “Kanji Dividsioning Table by School Year” elementary-school-learning guidelines.
On the home screen is a "quick call key" that will dial out or send a message to the three people the kid talks to most often. The device is also equipped with useful functions such as awakening, schedule, and timer.
Communication-wise, the Kids' Mobile SH-03M will of course work on the Docomo mobile network and it also has Wi-Fi (b/g/n at 2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2.
The OS is in all likelihood Android-based but heavily customised.
No information on the processor model used has been released.
Date added/updated: 15 October 2019 – 09:39
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