Monday, August 13, 2012

{Tech Talk} Two Tried and Tested Kid-Friendly Android Apps

Hiya again!

I'm on a posting spree right now! Haha! Well, I am trying to de-stress because today was kind of frustrating because I wasn't really much able to work because BabyLove was in "tantrum" mode. Every time I start working, she also starts making tantrums. *sigh*

So, to make up for my down time, I decided to blog instead. And so far, I am feeling pretty good. :)

And on to my real purpose for this post. If you are ready, read on. :)
Now that my BabyLove is starting to get really curious and exploring using some stuff, one of the things she loves playing with is my phone. And, since it is a touch phone, she tends to touch the screen to where she shouldn't go to such as contacts list, which leads to calling someone accidentally. And alas! No load! Haha! Well, there sure are ways to lock your phone, but, sometimes, I get lazy setting it up. LoL!

Because of that, I decided to resort to kid friendly Android apps that my BabyLove could use. Without further ado, here are the two apps I have already tried and approve of.

Talking Tom by Outfit7

If you don't know Talking Tom, he is a cute talking cat that you can interact with. You can touch him and make him purr. He also wouldn't be called "Talking Tom" if he does not talk right? Talking Tom listens and repeats what you say. And that makes my BabyLove giggle. Talking Tom also has a 'Violence' setting, in which it allows you to hit him and make him dizzy and drop to the floor. But, if you don't want to expose your child to violence yet, then, you can turn it off in the settings. Although it is not that violent, still, it's best to keep them from that.

Talking Tom comes in a free and paid version. The free version isn't bad at all, except for the ads which your little one could accidentally tap on, taking the app away from the screen. When that happens, my BabyLove simply gives back my phone and asks me to put it back. Lucky me! Haha. Although, it gets tiring trying to get the app back over and over again. But, I know not all kids are like her. So, the paid version is an advantage, giving you more interaction options, as well as a child lock. Neat, right?

Outfit7 also has some other animals such as a talking parrot, dog, a female cat, and others as well, so make sure to check out which animal appeals more to your child.

Kids Phone with Toddler Lock by Ringtone Rocket

This is my BabyLove's favorite, and mine as well. It's like a modern talking phone toy, only, it's an app. Haha! It has touchable buttons that looks like a keypad, all in bright colors. They also have additional buttons at the bottom that has additional sound effects such as someone saying "hello", animal sounds and phone rings.

The best part is, there are no ads which a child could accidentally tap! Also, there is no way for them to exit the app using the buttons of the phone unless they can spell the word 'exit' which shows up when exiting the app! The best free app kid phone lock! You must try it and see if your kid enjoys it! In my case, my BabyLove enjoys it! :D

Hoping you find this post helpful! :D Let me know your thoughts. ;)

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26 comments:

  1. When I get myself an android tablet, I'll be sure to download Talking Tom...my nephew would love it am sure. Hope the little one is off the tantrum mode now. :-)

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    1. She is behaving much better today! Thank you for dropping by! :D

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  2. i was surprised as to how easily my daughter understood the concept of tablets. they just really watch closely and they follow our lead

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    1. Oh my! They do pick up and learn things so easily. LoL

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    2. i would agree, children nowadays are in to gadgets and can learn on their own...

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    3. So true! So smart talaga! :D

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  3. My sons are crazy with Talking Tom, the cat, and Ben, the dog. Its a headache especially when I want to sleep and they would play beside me.

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    1. Hahahaha! I hide my phone when I want to sleep from my BabyLove. Haha! Or, the kids phone isn't that noisy, so I put it on that app for her to enjoy and for me to do what I need to do without much noise. haha

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  4. Blogging is a good stress reliever! I do it often! :-)

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    1. So true! I felt so much better after blogging! Haha

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  5. We don't have a tablet yet I would not be able to try the apps you reviewed.

    Good thing you blog, it somehow release from stress.

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    1. I do not own a tablet as well, I just own a smartphone. LoL. Budget won't allow me to get one yet. LoL!

      Yep. I am so happy I pursued blogging. :D

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  6. I can't relate to the topic.

    I only tried chatting to SIMSIMI. :D

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    1. Aww, I am sorry Khimbyrlee. Basically, they are apps that kids can enjoy and keep them from making unwanted calls or unwanted surfing on the net. :D

      Oh, I've heard Simsimi is addicting. LoL! But, I've never dared try. xD

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  7. Hmmm ... my nieces and nephews would love this, too, I bet. Thanks for this, need to update my apps for my loveables :) *Hug to your BabyLove

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    1. Thanks and you are very much welcome Rikki! :D

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  8. Try ant smasher too. My nephew and niece loves it :)

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    1. Oooh! I have never tried that, also I see it a lot of times. hahaha! sure will give it a shot

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  9. Talking Tom! I don't have it but I've seen it. Now I am going to download it, hehe. Good recommendations :)

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  10. I do not have a smartphone but I know talking tom. My friend's kid loves it.

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    1. It's pretty addicting.. Hahaha! XD

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  11. That was cool! I agree, one diversionary tactics these days are these phone applications. That's what my wife and I usually do. We also have child friendly apps on our BlackBerry which are really helping us big time. Coz if its not with these apps, we always have fights on who's going to use with our laptops. LOL!

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    1. Naku. Being a single mom with no one else to watch over my BabyLove while I work, apps and kid-friendly shows are definitely a huge help. Not that I am letting her do what she wants. Of course, there still are limits at some points. :) And yes, i can relate to little ones taking over the laptop! Hahaha!

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  12. My kids love Talking Tom too. And there's another one they love to play, it's a bear with a xylophone. And also a reading app that keeps my little girl entertained. Their Papa downloads the apps for them as I'm not that familiar with android phones and tabs. It seems I got stuck in the boondocks! LOL!

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    1. I'll check those out, too, Olga! The apps you mentioned seems interesting. :D Thank you for the suggestions.

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