Having my sweet little friend play with this is infinitely better than allowing her to play with my real phone. The girl is already phone-obsessed...and she's not even 2! Since I cannot say no to her, I used to let her play with my regular smart phone. After she was kind enough to order a few pay services from my mobile phone provider, I decided I better do something different. I found this phone and ordered it as one of her Christmas presents. She loves it! Christmas was about 2 months ago, and she still plays with this thing all the time. It's a very well-traveled phone - she takes it with her everywhere. It isn't loud enough to be an annoying distraction. A gift that makes the child, the parents, and the extended friends happy is a total score. I'd buy it again!
Despite the other holiday gifts that were around, my 2-year-old nephew kept coming back to this. He was walking around the house babbling into it, with it up to his ear. He needed no help pushing buttons to elicit noises. And his parents didn't hate the ring, they thought it was very mild. I can't speak to the battery life or durability, but it was really nice to see the immediate engagement.