just a small update on my search. ive looked at those on the market LG F4N, LG A341, C414, MXC628 and WX416. i looked at online reviews at what some had issues with. i know relying on online reviews isnt the best source but it gives an idea how the do. i do know ther higher end flip phones may be better but such functions arent needed in my case. ive narrowed it down to the F4N and the A341. the 341 has its own connectivity issues as do the others (other models have other issues) i mentioned. i havent seen any reviews for the F4N but i dont think that's 100% problem free.
due to current choices the F4N seems to be the better choice as i have current services with the carrier ie phone internet tv. i'll probably have to go with a contract over prepaid as per model availibity and $ to recharge the phone. i do need to drop by 2 other places before choosing the phone but i might be open to the higher flip phones if the price is right.
as for young children and phone/tablet tech, i do have certain oppinions to have age requirements before one can own such technology. i can see the convenience of young kids having them but i do beleive they need to know more basic tech before moving up to the current tech. it'll be hard to break bad habits if they get used to it very young imo.
Last edited by nel3; 02-14-2013 at 07:54 PM.