Luckily the most “damage” Ellen has ever done with my iPhone is call her grandparents (suck up), delete an app or two, and I maybe once caught her on an online dating site. I keep meaning to remind her that she still has time.
Anyway, I can’t help but notice that my Windows HTC8x has one HUGE advantage over my iPhone: Kid’s Corner.
Why doesn’t every phone have this? I mean, really.
How it works:
Kid’s Corner is an area of your phone where grubby and wandering hands can’t access the home, search or back buttons. The only way you can get out of this area is to press the lock button on top of the phone. You can store any app in this zone, but, obviously, we chose to put a bunch of distracting, ahem, educational games for Ellen to use on occasion (wink, wink).
How to access it:
This is so easy you could do it while your kid is screaming and you’re trying to get the other one’s shoes on while the third is pulling all of the spices out of the pantry. Just turn it on and from the lock screen – swipe to the left, then swipe up to unlock. Boom. A little bit of wizard magic.
Why it’s awesome:
Not sold yet? Think about these gems:
- No awkward phone calls to that certain someone who you have been meaning to call, but you know you will be on the phone for hours, so you wait longer and longer to call her, and the longer you wait, the longer you know the conversation is going to be. Why didn’t you just delete that number?
- No deleted/rearranged apps: If you’re anything like me, you have a certain order that all of your apps belong in. And, not unlike the surly giant of Jack and the Beanstalk (high-brow literary reference, anyone?), you can sniff out an out of placer in an instant.
- No random emails sent: Please see the first bullet. But now imagine emailing your childless, not-so-friendly boss with this: ajkldgsazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzva
- No giant purchases: I don’t know. This actually might be convenient if you could work it correctly. Your kid could “accidentally” purchase a really awesome, non-refundable pair of shoes. What would you have left to do but just swallow the cost and enjoy them? Darn kids.
She now points at HTC 8x and says “Games? Games? Games?” Yet another guilt I will live with until the end of days. But, I can’t deny her proud little, “Look, Mommy! Look!” when she colors with the Draw app. Kid’s got esteem of the self variety.
Now you’re all like, “What? I want one!” And, that might be a possibility. The more people who Tweet This (I need at least 30), the better chance I have of getting another phone for the sole purpose of giving to you, dear one. How is that for self-promotion?
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