MMGuardian Phone vs Gabb Phone

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Summary

  • Gabb only offers one phone option: a Samsung A13. MMGuardian offers two phone options: a Samsung A14 and a Samsung A03 for younger children or budget-conscious parents.
  • Gabb phones come locked in with cellular service with expensive pricing. $24.99/month with a 2 year contract and no data. The cheapest option with data (3GB) and no contract is $39.99/month. MMGuardian phones only cost $9.99/month for the subscription. You can add your own cellular service or purchase one from our partner which offers many affordable plans, such as $10/month for unlimited text/call and 1GB of data.
  • On the Gabb Phone, parents can only download specific apps from an “approved” list of apps. The MMGuardian Phone allows parents to download any app from Google Play onto their child’s phone.
  • The Gabb Phone has no way to limit phone usage, and children will quickly outgrow the phone as they get older. The MMGuardian Phone comes with a robust set of parental control options that can be adapted to the child as they get older. See comparison chart below.
FeatureMMGuardian PhoneGabb Phone
No Social Media
GPS Location
Find Phone Siren
Message Monitoring
Child Can Not Disable Location
Allows Other Cell Service
Automatic Location Tracking
Remote Management
AI-Powered Safety Alerts
Picture Monitoring
Download Approved Apps
Filtered Internet
Limit Screen Time
Supports Multiple Carriers
Phone Lock
App Block
Contact Safelist
Latest Samsung Model
Monthly Subscription Price*$9.99/month$24.99/month minimum

*The Gabb Phone monthly price includes a cellular plan, whereas the MMGuardian Phone subscription does not.

SpecMMGuardian Phone A03SGabb Phone 3 Pro
Screen Size6.6"6.6"
Camera50MP50MP
Battery5000mAh5000mAh
Storage32GB32GB
Operating SystemAndroid 12Android 12
RAM3GB3GB
PriceAs low as $119$199

Monitoring & Control

MMGuardian:
With the MMGuardian Phone, parents can monitor and control their child’s phone as much or as little as necessary, all from their own phone! You can keep track of:

  • who your child is communicating with,
  • what they are texting, even if they delete the text,
  • which websites they are viewing,
  • how long they are spending on apps,
  • and more!

You also have in-depth control over your child’s ability to use those functions, and you will receive AI-generated alerts about concerning content in messages.

Gabb:
With a Gabb Phone, parents can download an app to monitor their child’s text messages. The messaging app that the child uses does include limited filtering for inappropriate messages and images. There is also no way to control or limit the phone at all.

Apps & Games

MMGuardian:

The MMGuardian Phone gives parents full freedom to block or allow any app available on Google Play, with downloaded apps automatically blocked by default. Parents can also assign apps daily time limits or block them according to custom schedules.

Gabb:
The Gabb Phone limits which apps are available to download from Google Play. If an app isn’t on the approved apps list, it cannot be downloaded. Parents are able to request that specific apps be added to the list, but until it is added, it cannot be downloaded which could be frustrating if children need specific apps for school or want to play a game that isn’t on the list. Parents cannot limit their child’s app use at all.

Contact Blocking

MMGuardian:
The MMGuardian Phone lets parents have full control over who their child is communicating with. You can create a safe list of “allowed” contacts, and communication with any other number not on the list will be blocked automatically. Parents can also block specific numbers if they wish.

Gabb:
The Gabb Phone can block suspected spam and specific numbers, but there is no way to preemptively block communication from strangers or new, unknown contacts that you have not approved of yet. They have a spam filter that they describe as “90% effective” but user reviews on their own website suggest it is not very reliable.

Note: Gabb has now removed these 3 star reviews from their website, but you can still see them below.

Screen Time

MMGuardian:
With the MMGuardian Phone, parents have extreme flexibility in limiting their child’s phone use. The MMGuardian Phone can be totally locked, allowing only for communication with emergency contacts. This can be done on-demand, from the parent’s own phone, or according to custom schedules which will lock the phone automatically at specific times and days. The MMGuardian Phone also comes with extremely granular controls for apps, allowing parents to highly customize which apps their child is able to use, along with when and for how long.

Gabb:
With the Gabb Phone, there is no way for parents to limit how much their child is using the phone.

Location

MMGuardian:
With the MMGuardian Phone, parents have the option to get their child’s location right away with the click of a button. Alternatively, they can set tracking schedules to automatically retrieve their child’s location, such as on their way to/from school.

Gabb:
With the Gabb Phone, parents are able to retrieve their child’s location on-demand, just like with the MMGuardian Phone. However, there is no tracking feature. It’s also worth mentioning that many recent reviews for the Gabb app in Google Play indicate that the location feature may not be reliable.

Future Considerations

As your child matures and becomes more responsible, the MMGuardian Phone can be adapted accordingly. Your child may outgrow the Gabb Phone quite quickly.

Final Thoughts

The Gabb Phone comes with cell service which, while preventing you from choosing a different provider, can save you an extra step.

The Gabb Phone also includes a number of custom, kid-friendly apps that are unavailable on Google Play.

On the other hand, the MMGuardian Phone provides the same core first kids phone functionality, plus so much more.