There's suddenly a whole new world of cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders made expressly for minors. We corralled a bunch of serious button mashers to try them out

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David Nicolas Spongebob Squarepants Digital Camera
| Credit: David Nicolas
  • DISNEY GPS FAMILY PHONE
  • $60; disney.com.
  • Features Two GPS phones (one for parents); camera; two Disney games.
  • Glenn says "I downloaded extra games, and my mom liked that the GPS could track me down."
  • TICTALK KIDS' CELL PHONE
  • $99; mytictalk.com.
  • Features Pre-programmed numbers only; five games.
  • Glenn says "It's cool that you can hang it on something, and I like the games, but it's better for a younger kid."
  • FIREFLY KIDS' CELL PHONE
  • $80; firefly.com.
  • Features Pre-programmed numbers only; 12 ringtones.
  • Kayla says "It lights up when you use it, and I like the different ringtones, but anyone older than nine would think it's babyish."
  • VERIZON LG MIGO GPS CELL PHONE
  • $100; verizonwireless.com.
  • Features GPS; preprogrammed numbers only.
  • Kayla says "You just press one button—any kid could use it. Too bad my parents never figured out the GPS."
  • VCAM NOW DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
  • $80; hasbro.com.
  • Features Digital video and photos; microphone; video-editing software.
  • Antonio says "It's the most fun to use, but when you zoom, it makes a click that you can hear in the video."
  • PURE DIGITAL POINT & SHOOT CAMERA
  • $130; puredigital.com.
  • Features Digital video; microphone; USB port (no software needed).
  • Antonio says "I like how it looks, and it's easy to use—I'd be psyched to get one for my birthday!"

BRATZ PLUGGED IN DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
$100; bratz.com.
Features Digital video and photos; auto flash; video-editing software.
Antonio says "It works well and my little sister wants one. Why is it so expensive?"

  • VIDSTER DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
  • $80; mattel.com.
  • Features Digital videos and photos; microphone; movie-editing software.
  • Antonio says "It's really cool and records videos for half an hour. It just needs a light."
  • KID-TOUGH DIGITAL CAMERA
  • $70; fisherprice.com.
  • Features Soft plastic body; auto flash; color screen; photo-editing software.
  • Madeline says "It won't break if you drop it, and I liked the big screen—it's a little blurry though."
  • SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • $35; nickjr.com.
  • Features Auto flash; photo-editing software; holds up to 175 pictures.
  • Madeline says "I guess it's okay, but I'd be totally embarrassed to be seen with it— it's SpongeBob!"
  • AMERICAN IDOL KEYCHAIN DIGITAL CAMERA
  • $18; digitalbluecorp.com.
  • Features Mini size (21/4 x 11/2 inches), photo-editing software.
  • Madeline says "It's so cute, and it takes awesome pictures. It rocks my socks!"
  • CYBERPIX KIDZCAM DIGITAL CAMERA
  • $30; sakar.com.
  • Features Auto flash; three decorative faceplates; photo- editing software.
  • Madeline says "I like the faceplates, but I wish it worked faster."