My 8-year-old nephew and 3-year-old niece have a talkie and I've had a wonderful experience getting to connect with them through the Toymail app. I'm on the east coast and they're on the west coast. It's hard to find ways to communicate across such a distance with kids (who can't necessarily carry on a long phone conversation). The design of the app is very intuitive. A super simple idea, but it has provided a fun way for us to stay in touch. We send each other little messages daily! One fun thing we started doing was making up a story, going back and forth, adding a line at a time. The kids got the Talkie as a Christmas gift -- but it has been such a gift to me to get to connect directly with them!