First the good points. The guitar looks and sounds amazing, especially for the price. It also does well keeping in tune. However, the bad points. Upon receiving the guitar a couple of months ago and playing it pretty much without any other comparison it is only now that I have experience of other guitars of a similar price range that I can say that there are definately better options available and certainly more finger friendly ones.
First of all, the strings are elevated way to much from the fret board, making it very painful to play anything for any length of time. The nut itself is very narrow even by the standards of most steel string guitars, forcing the strings along the first few frets to be very close together which makes playing cords cleanly alot more difficult. I understand that steel string guitars are designed more towards strumming but compared to other steel strings it is quite narrow.
Having a little more experience with guitars now I can say that if your willing to spend some time and carefully try to set the guitar up properly which I eventually did, or pay a professional to adjust the action then it becomes quite a pleasant experience. However, straight out of the box it's a pain to play, and as a parent I cannot recommend this for a child as you run the risk of having them be put off for life.
It really does make learning needlessly painful and would definately put most adults off. If your looking for something that sounds great, looks nice and above all doesn't make playing feel like a chore then I'd recommend the Yamahas, perhaps the f310 or f370 which I accept is double the price but it's alot more inviting to play out of the box and you don't need to spend time or part with more cash to get it set up correctly.