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If you have any sense and aren't a millionaire you'll steer massively clear of the 5c, and for that matter, any iPhone! For you, and your kids.
The cheapest model 5c is £469. How does that compare to a similar Android phone? Very badly! The absolutely excellent Nexus 4 is currently from £159. It's superb. And Android now works better than iOS on many fronts, and worse on very few indeed. For the price of the iPhone 5c, you could buy your child the latest, top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy or HTC or LG or Sony or Google Android device. All of which have had rave reviews, all of which feature some great ideas and implementation. Or, of course, you could buy them a much cheaper mid-range Android phone and save money!
The only reason I can come up with for Apple's ongoing popularity is first mover advantage. Yes, the iPhones were genuinely revolutionary when they originally launched. But Android's app ecosystem is now nearly as well-developed as Apple's, its user-interface is nearly as good (and far more customisable and powerful ultimately), and there are plenty of wonderful-to-use phones that easily match up to the latest iPhones in terms of quality. So brand loyalty is responsible for that price premium, and honestly not a lot else.
Want to pay triple the price for your phone? Go right ahead. Want to get a great phone, much cheaper - don't go with Apple.
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I will certainly be considering it. Our eldest son has an iPhone 4S and the idea of a phone with the equivalent great parental controls, the invaluable find my iPhone feature and a fantastic camera and iPod/music player built in and made of tough plastic means that it is a much more logical choice than the iPhone 5S with its glass everything. It's not too expensive at about half the price of a normal iPhone. I will definitely be persuading my other sons that its a good idea when they start secondary school.
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Probably not as she's only 18 months but I'm impressed that the finger print technology will allow us to control purchases in the future.