Tuesday, March 15, 2011

REVIEW: Mobile Mum

Applications for mobile devices are abound. Some are purely entertaining and others offer games for education. A new application has hit the market geared for preschoolers which combines educational programs and games. 
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Mobile Mum

iPad, iPhone, Android, computer

Starting at $3.99/month

30 day free trial

Once Mobile Mum starts up, a video plays. All videos are full episodes of shows appropriate for toddlers and are commercial free. After the show, you see three big buttons. One button is to repeat the show you just watched, another is for a new episode of the same show, and the third is for a new show or game. I like the three buttons, they are simple and intuitive. I just wished there was a way to pick which show to watch instead of waiting to find which random show is presented. My son is not familiar with most of the shows, so I end up fast forwarding through the majority of the shows to get to Pocoyo. He doesn't really mind watching the other shows, but it does slow us down when he asked specifically for Pocoyo. Also, a button which allows the user to choose between watching a show and playing a game would be nice. Other than these, the application was very easy to navigate through; my son got the hang of it very quickly.
This application certainly keeps him entertained. He enjoys watching the shows and playing the games. His favorite game is Lino, followed by Sandy Shapes. He can play Lino for a while, which is great for when I worked on the computer. I think it would be nice if the developers added letters and numbers to the mix to help preschoolers with letter/numbers recognition. Used on-the-go, this app is great for a phone since you can connect directly to the internet. We installed this on our iPad and needed to connect to wifi in order to use it. Therefore, we were limited to its use at home or places with wifi support. So far, that hasn't been an issue with my son, especially since some of the places we go to offer free wifi. Overall, Mobile Mum has been fun for my son and helpful for me.

The price for this type of application, entertaining and educational, is comparable to others out there. Although most applications require payment just once upon downloading, Mobile Mum requires a monthly subscription. If you consider that Mobile Mum offers full episodes for a variety of shows like Pocoyo, Sid the Science Kid, and The Cat in the Hat, which you can watch anywhere, anytime, then a monthly subscription of $3.99 is not a bad price. It's certainly cheaper than what you would pay for a monthly DVD subscription service. 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I was provided with a trial subscription of the application for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. I received permission from the sponsor to post their trademarked brand/logo on my blog.