It is true that this camera is for kids and I got it for my 14 year-old. She loved it and would not let it go, in the pool in particular.
I also agree that the image quality underwater is pretty good (at this price) but outside, it is a little disappointing. Then again, I personally use and SLR and my daughter is pretty happy as she will, in any case use some apps on the iPad to edit/alter the images she took and share with her friends.
So really, the quality outside water is not that relevant for her at least.
Sharing a few example photos she took with the S31 for your reference... Hopefully, this is helpful.
Oct 16, 2013 by
Favorite Subject: Landscape
Nikon Family: 6-10 years
Experience: 1-3 months
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist