Has your little bundle of joy ever managed to unleash functions you never even knew your Android phone possessed? Or managed to ring up Buckingham Palace, the White House and the city palace of Bucharest, all in one day? I was thinking about such scenarios after several of my friends complained about the havoc their kids have wreaked on their parents’ beloved devices. Perusing the Market, I cam across ToddlerLock. This Android App is there to provide fool proof protection from prodding little fingers. Not only does Toddler Lock provide an effective key lock, it also includes your child by letting it make drawings on your phone’s display.
Toddler Lock starts off much in the same way as a screen saver. Pretty symbols and images appear peu-à-peu on the display—but the nice thing is that your child can make drawings itself! Running your fingers across the display creates squiggles, circles and whatever else you (or your child) come(s) up with. Make these precious artworks disappear little by little by pressing down on the screen for a while. New lines will appear and the fun can start all over again.
Each action is underlined by a sound. In order to erase everything, pull the white bar at the bottom of the display across the monitor. It’s as though a virtual rubber (eraser for all you dirty-minded American readers ;) has deleted the drawings, much like those magnet tablets some of us might remember from our childhoods.
In order to close the Android app, press on three keys at the same time (this makes it difficult for young children to unlock the phone).
A flight mode is also available.
Screen & Controls
The entire display can be used a small virtual canvas and Toddler Lock's controls are, quite literally, child’s play.
Lines and shapes will appear finer or larger according to how fast they are drawn.
Sound and image are synchronised, meaning that every time a shape is a made it is accompanied by a little sound effect.
Speed & Stability
Toddler Lock’s performance is satisfying overall. A shape or image appears promptly every time the display is touched, and the sound is perfectly synchronised. There was no lagging or crashing while were trying out this app for you.
Toddler Lock is available free of charge from the Android Market.