I recently purchased 2 of these ereaders for a 7 and 8 year old. They were much cheaper than most and for the ages of the children, I figured it'd be a good starting point. Ease of Use I had a hard time figuring it out. For how basic it is, it's not as simple to just get a book up on it to read. I thought it'd come with some free books, but none were there. You need to use either the wifi option to get books or hook it up to a computer. Battery Life One thing I do like about it is the battery life is great! They can read on it for several days at night before having to charge it. Is is also cheap, so for what you pay, it does the job. Speed/Performance The touch screen is slow and delayed. The options are limited. Great for just reading but nothing else. Design The minute I took them out of the package I noticed they felt very cheaply made. I have a smartphone, so comparing the two, I felt it was anything but modern. I am afraid to set it down too hard in fear it may break. I could be wrong, but I don't think I'll test that theory.