1. Peter Rokkos's Avatar
    We are an all iphone family at this point. I will be ordering 2 of the iPhone SEs as soon as they are announced assuming they are fairly close to what is expected. About the 5's size but with the 6's specs and smoother lines - and really hoping its starts at 449 but can live with 499.

    I think people are missing one really useful aspect of this new line - kids generally have smaller hands which makes the form factor of the 5 better than the larger 6 (or my 6s plus). I've had 2 old 5 phones for my kids that they use which need replacing due to the batteries at this point not holding much of a charge beyond a day. I like the idea of a new phone which doesn't cost as much, hoping they can get a step up to 64mb storage for maybe 449, plus 100 for the upgraded memory. I've got to add another line for another kid coming of age (who gets stuck with a hand me down 5), so am also hoping that ATT continues its 2 for 1 deal when you add a line which would be even better.

    Bottom line - a less expensive smaller phone makes sense for many people, and for kids, the option of a smaller footprint and a lower price point so I can be slightly less upset when they drop or lose it, has a lot of appeal.
    03-13-2016 12:40 AM
  2. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    I'm still trying to see why kids under 18 need a smartphone. They can use a flip phone or just a regular cellphone.
    03-13-2016 03:18 AM
  3. anon(5787457)'s Avatar
    This phone will be a big player and not be just a kid phone. Plus, I think kids don't need smartphones, too.

    People still seem to look at this phone as something inferior or budget-y just because of it's size. The 4" size is the PERFECT size for a large number of people. Most of these just don't want to get real and be honest to themselves.

    But with this new size everyone just become a happy user...
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    03-13-2016 09:15 AM
  4. firedept10's Avatar
    We are an all iphone family at this point. I will be ordering 2 of the iPhone SEs as soon as they are announced assuming they are fairly close to what is expected. About the 5's size but with the 6's specs and smoother lines - and really hoping its starts at 449 but can live with 499.

    I think people are missing one really useful aspect of this new line - kids generally have smaller hands which makes the form factor of the 5 better than the larger 6 (or my 6s plus). I've had 2 old 5 phones for my kids that they use which need replacing due to the batteries at this point not holding much of a charge beyond a day. I like the idea of a new phone which doesn't cost as much, hoping they can get a step up to 64mb storage for maybe 449, plus 100 for the upgraded memory. I've got to add another line for another kid coming of age (who gets stuck with a hand me down 5), so am also hoping that ATT continues its 2 for 1 deal when you add a line which would be even better.

    Bottom line - a less expensive smaller phone makes sense for many people, and for kids, the option of a smaller footprint and a lower price point so I can be slightly less upset when they drop or lose it, has a lot of appeal.
    I can't agree with you more. My boys both have the 5s and this will most likely be the next phone I buy them.

    I'm still trying to see why kids under 18 need a smartphone. They can use a flip phone or just a regular cellphone.
    Obviously you are not a parent. My boys have had iPhones since they were 12 years old. Why do they need smartphones? Well it has allowed me as a parent to stay in contact with my children. I like to know where my children are. If you are a parent then you would understand the concerns of parent in today's world. I trust my children exclusively, but being able to message and send things back and forth has been great. My parents were not given this opportunity as the technology was not there when I was a kid. Shame because they missed out on some things when I was growing up.
    03-13-2016 09:32 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
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    Obviously you are not a parent. My boys have had iPhones since they were 12 years old. Why do they need smartphones? Well it has allowed me as a parent to stay in contact with my children. I like to know where my children are. If you are a parent then you would understand the concerns of parent in today's world. I trust my children exclusively, but being able to message and send things back and forth has been great. My parents were not given this opportunity as the technology was not there when I was a kid. Shame because they missed out on some things when I was growing up.
    'Nuf said...
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    03-13-2016 10:00 AM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I agree with the OP in that the size of the 4 inch iPhone fits well with kids. My 10 year old has an iPhone 5S and had an iPhone 5 before that and he can manipulate the device quite well. Like me, he doesn't have it in a case and there's not a scratch on it. Anyway, if he somehow breaks his current iPhone, I'll replace it with an iPhone SE, but until then, his iPhone 5S is more than sufficient.
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    03-13-2016 10:08 AM
  7. MooMooPrincess's Avatar
    I can't agree with you more. My boys both have the 5s and this will most likely be the next phone I buy them.



    Obviously you are not a parent. My boys have had iPhones since they were 12 years old. Why do they need smartphones? Well it has allowed me as a parent to stay in contact with my children. I like to know where my children are. If you are a parent then you would understand the concerns of parent in today's world. I trust my children exclusively, but being able to message and send things back and forth has been great. My parents were not given this opportunity as the technology was not there when I was a kid. Shame because they missed out on some things when I was growing up.
    You're still proving that they don't need a smartphone, a normal cellphone would still serve the same purpouse. But that's all I will say ~
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    03-13-2016 10:54 AM
  8. taz323's Avatar
    You're still proving that they don't need a smartphone, a normal cellphone would still serve the same purpouse. But that's all I will say ~
    You both have good points, but lets stay on topic.
    03-13-2016 11:17 AM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    This phone will be a big player and not be just a kid phone. Plus, I think kids don't need smartphones, too.

    People still seem to look at this phone as something inferior or budget-y just because of it's size. The 4" size is the PERFECT size for a large number of people. Most of these just don't want to get real and be honest to themselves.

    But with this new size everyone just become a happy user...
    I agree.
    I am looking forward to it. Finally, a 4" size iPhone with Band 12 support! Sign me up! I recently got the 5s and I have been enjoying it, but since Band 12 for T-Mobile has been rolled out in my area (state really), coverage has improved. If I wanted that now, I would have to go with the 6s to have it. WiFi calling kind of makes up for it inside buildings. I just miss the band. lol.
    03-13-2016 03:45 PM
  10. Peter Rokkos's Avatar
    You're still proving that they don't need a smartphone, a normal cellphone would still serve the same purpouse. But that's all I will say ~
    We struggled with the right age and time for a kid to have a phone, and whether a smart phone makes sense. I find the ability to use Find my Iphone and see where they are at all times really useful. I enjoy facetiming them whenever I need to especially when away, and the ability to text at any time is pretty valuable to me. Plus they enjoy them as gaming, music, reading devices. I get that they are expensive toys in some sense - which is why they get hand me downs or used prior gen devices. I think that in a typical 6th grade class, you would see at least half the students have smart phones today - although that info is solely based on my experience and I respect that differences exist outside my little world - with 90+% of that being an iphone. It definitely seems to me that the younger the user, the more likely they are to have an iphone over an android device.

    If smartphones for kids are not for you, then I respect that. But if they are, seems like the new one is perfect for their needs.
    03-13-2016 04:27 PM
  11. cphd's Avatar
    I feel like the smartphone => iPhone is more of an american thing, at least where I live you can see as many people run around with Samsung phones.
    While I agree that kids (under 15 or so) don't need a smartphone I would rather get them some cheap Android or second-hand phones. Simply because I know 12 year old people, and I would definitely not spend more than ~200 on a phone for them.

    No considering the small hands thing: of course better for children, no doubt about that. But also better for about half the population (imo), considering the phone related struggles I witness on my daily commute, so the SE is no kids phone for me.

    Summary: better for kids than a "fullsize" iPhone, but definitely not the perfect kids phone
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    03-18-2016 02:07 PM
  12. Samuel Orris's Avatar
    What about the iPhone SE? What do you think about iPhone SE?
    03-19-2016 06:51 AM
  13. eyecrispy's Avatar
    You're still proving that they don't need a smartphone, a normal cellphone would still serve the same purpouse. But that's all I will say ~
    You've got a good point. But schools in my area have a lot for kids online and my kids actually use their iPhones in some classes for supplemental materials. I'm not a fan of that, but it has come in handy.

    I agree that the smaller form factor is better for kids. Smaller price tags as well. My kids are not careful with their phones.
    03-19-2016 08:48 AM
  14. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    An iPhone 5s seems more suited for kids under 15 than the new SE. Mostly because of price. The SE doesn't add that much more, according to rumors. So, for a kid, $99 is much better than $450.
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    03-19-2016 12:25 PM
  15. Smply_Rckless's Avatar
    Maybe a low budget phone unless the kids know to take care of the device u buy them. My mother bough my little brother a phone & within a month it was shattered & the metal band around the phone was bent. What I'm saying is some kids don't really take care of their belongings.
    03-19-2016 12:43 PM
  16. eyecrispy's Avatar
    An iPhone 5s seems more suited for kids under 15 than the new SE. Mostly because of price. The SE doesn't add that much more, according to rumors. So, for a kid, $99 is much better than $450.
    My kids have the 5s. I bought them used. They'll upgrade to the 5se when they go down in price. It'll still be new to them.
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    03-19-2016 01:03 PM
  17. wolfedude88's Avatar
    An iPhone 5s seems more suited for kids under 15 than the new SE. Mostly because of price. The SE doesn't add that much more, according to rumors. So, for a kid, $99 is much better than $450.

    Doesn't add much? Just two year specs newer
    03-19-2016 01:29 PM
  18. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Doesn't add much? Just two year specs newer
    Kids under 15? Better processor and a few other new perks. But $350 more for that age?
    03-19-2016 02:11 PM
  19. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Kids under 15? Better processor and a few other new perks. But $350 more for that age?
    Kids play lots of games. I can definitely see spending the extra money.
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    03-19-2016 02:15 PM
  20. iphone5s's Avatar
    I'm still trying to see why kids under 18 need a smartphone. They can use a flip phone or just a regular cellphone.
    I might go a step further. Child safety should be first and foremost. Young children do not require, nor should they be encouraged to access social networks at home or mobile.

    A used device [per your examples] not assigned to any carrier can still call 911 [in north america]. That should be sufficient.

    Why oh why would any responsible parent give their young child an all out smartphone?
    \_(ツ)_/

    In my opinion the SE may be an attempt by Apple to market devices for young people through their parents, who are the cash source. Just as McDonalds does very successfully.

    Maybe an SE marketing slogan could be "made by children, for children"
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    03-19-2016 02:54 PM
  21. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Kids play lots of games. I can definitely see spending the extra money.
    Will still only get 16 gb, according to the rumors. The A7 processor is still pretty good with the 64 bit.
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    03-19-2016 03:21 PM
  22. Quis89's Avatar
    I can't agree with you more. My boys both have the 5s and this will most likely be the next phone I buy them.



    Obviously you are not a parent. My boys have had iPhones since they were 12 years old. Why do they need smartphones? Well it has allowed me as a parent to stay in contact with my children. I like to know where my children are. If you are a parent then you would understand the concerns of parent in today's world. I trust my children exclusively, but being able to message and send things back and forth has been great. My parents were not given this opportunity as the technology was not there when I was a kid. Shame because they missed out on some things when I was growing up.
    I'm a parent. My son does not have a smart phone, lol. No matter how you justify it no child NEEDS a smartphone. If you want to get them one that's awesome but let's not pretend they NEED it.
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    03-21-2016 04:31 PM
  23. Sherry_B's Avatar
    We are an all iphone family at this point. I will be ordering 2 of the iPhone SEs as soon as they are announced assuming they are fairly close to what is expected.

    As a parent myself, I would like to recommend the Life 360 app. When i bought my kids their first smartphones we used it as a family. There is a check-in feature and an emergency "i'm in trouble!" feature. It will also list on the map where the hospitals, fire departments, and police departments are. I think one of the more important features for me as a parent was that it shows where convicted pedophiles are on the map in the app. There is also a built in family group chat.

    If you join as a family and everyone installs the app, the GPS on your phones will tell you where each family member is on the map (location history is included so you can see where they've been). My kids new better than to try and be cheeky by turning off the GPS..... they only lost their phones for a week one time.

    If anything else, Life 360 is a great reason for anyone, regardless of age, to have a smartphone.
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    03-21-2016 05:20 PM
  24. MiQ680's Avatar
    For me, it is a dilemma. i gave my daughter my old iphone 6 plus because it replace her ipad mini basicly. and also since she love to stream netflix and youtube, i can put t-mobile unlimited data number there, which i can't do in ipad.

    However currently she is learning to send me text and facetime, and i know that phone is too big for her. i am tempted to sell the 6 plus and get her the SE, but i am afraid then she will ask for an ipad again to watch movies and play games =(
    03-21-2016 05:22 PM
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    03-21-2016 05:44 PM
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