I’ve been thinking about the way Republic is currently marketing the Relay as an alternative to the cell phone for younger kids. It is certainly one market, but not the way my family is using the devices. I’m curious about others…
In my family, we are using the Relays IN ADDITION to cell phones. When we send the kids out into the world, in situations where we especially don’t want them to be distracted by their phones, or where phones might not work (climbing trees, roaming the woods, etc), we replace the phones with their Relays. The kids also often choose the Relays instead of their phones themselves because they would rather have the ease of quick one button response to “Everything OK?” rather than digging a phone out, responding to a text, etc.
So despite the concern that some have expressed that kids won’t accept a Relay because it isn’t an iPhone X, we’ve not seen that at all (and in fact have seen friends asking their parents to get Relays too).