I have had very good success with Hellybean also, but Profresh is probably right.
4.3 have come quite a ways in a short time and are much better and more reliable than 4.2. question though, and this leads to why Profresh has made a wise suggestion. is it your intention to sort of monitor the progress of the Note after you give it away?
even though 4.3 is very good, there is still work continuing in a feverish pace. updates galore. good for most folks like us. but is your neice going to come over every week or so, so you can update her phone?
Black Jelly and Padawan are both super solid. requiring little to no maintenance. perfect for the teenager on the go.
just something to think about