My husband insisted that our middle child needed a phone. I personally thought many other phones were a little too complicated for him so we decided on the iPhone 4S. He has had it now for about a year and it has been a good decision to get it for him. The battery lasts incredibly long, which is a good thing especially for a small child who forgets to plug it in. I like the password feature it has on the App Store so that nothing can be purchased without my consent since he does not know what the password is. Nothing can be bought without a card on file, which we do have and if for some reason something is bought without my knowledge I will still find out because I receive an email when something is purchased from the App Store every single time. I have had no issues as far as phone quality. It is pretty sturdy and durable even after being in the hands of a 7/8 year old. The camera quality is not too exceptional but that is okay as it wasn't purchased for that anyway. The best feature is the battery life of the phone. It is excellent.