I'm buying my 10 year old a phone this week. I normally probably wouldn't have gotten her one until next summer (summer before jr. high), but with her recent diagnosis and her plans to attend camps that involve lots of bicycling and swimming this summer a phone is a must so she can keep in touch with me on D issues. I'm sure she'd be OK with any phone, but I know she'd be thrilled with an iPhone and it seems that virtually all D apps are iPhone compatible (for example, calorieking is not available on my Galaxy S3) and with her diagnosis, it actually seems like there might be a legitimate purpose for buying her at least some kind of smartphone (for example, I have an excel file saved on a google drive with the carb counts of all the common foods she eats from restaurants/local places like DQ, etc. She could reference that if she walks up to DQ with a friend sometime and I could talk her through the dosing. Or if she bought lunch at the pool, we could add all the foods there to the list and work together to figure out dosing. But as practical as one would be, a 10 year old is a 10 year old and she could lose it, break it, it could get stolen, etc., etc. She's taken good care of her iPod touch - it's at least 2 years old and in perfect condition, so she recognizes the value of things. And, it's not really necessary. I still have all the apps on my phone and I could just talk her through things using my information; she doesn't NEED to be looking at it too. And of course, the contract is only 2 years, so she'd be all of 12 when the contract is up - and 12, or even 14 another contract later, is plenty young enough for your first smartphone. My guess is that 75% of the junior high kids in town with a phone have a smartphone, because that's the kind of town I live in, but I try not to let my town's blase attitude about money influence my decisions on the matter. I'm just saying that she likely would not stand out in any way if she had one. Any thoughts?