App Review: BabyFirst’s Play Phone
Little Man is obsessed with phones, so I downloaded the Play Phone app from BabyFirst thinking that he would love it. This app displays a keypad which babies can interact with. When baby presses one of the buttons on the keypad, a little cartoon character appears onscreen and speaks. Now this is a free iPhone app, so I can’t really complain about it. But it doesn’t appeal to me as much as some of the others I’ve downloaded for Little Man. The sound is just a little bit tinny and the animations are not quite as smooth as on other apps.
Little Man likes it, but it can only hold his interest for a few minutes. He presses a few buttons on the keypad, and then presses the Home button on the iPhone – a surefire sign that he’s bored and wants to do something else.
That being said, this app does have one feature that I really like – it allows you to record your own message and insert your own image. So I’ve uploaded an image of me and Little Man and recorded a message saying “Hello” to him. Now when he presses the Play button on the keypad, our photo appears and my voice plays. This sometimes makes him giggle.
I haven’t deleted this app from my iPhone because it’s one more game that I have to amuse Little Man if we’re stuck somewhere like the waiting room in the doctor’s office for a long time, but to be honest, it’s not one that gets played with very often.
I have this one too, it’s grand but the only one I have, must look into others!
Baby Piano is the absolute best app for very young children that I’ve come across, so if you’re looking for a good one Aine, I recommend that.
Thanks for taking a look at our Play Phone app…. We also have a video-based app called BabyFirst Mobile that is really cool. Little Man might like it 😉
Thanks for the suggestion. We must try it out!