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Ads a drawback with Lock Menu for Android

by Caitlin M. Foyt

LockMenu for your Android phone is a practical alternative to your phone's default lock screen.

A standard application that helps you preserve battery life, that lock on your phone is a simple, single, sliding-lock mechanism you tap and drag to get to your phone's home screen.

What's neat about LockMenu, though, is that instead of having just one of these sliders, the app allows users to configure as many as seven of them. This way, as soon as you pick up your phone, you can directly navigate your way to all of your most frequently used applications.

It doesn't take a lot of energy to unlock your Droid after it has timed out (it's just a quick flick of the thumb), but it still can be an aggravating task when you have to do it every few seconds. What's really neat about LockMenu is that by tapping into the app's preferences (tap your phone's menu) you can change the amount of time that passes before your phone screen locks up. The options range from five seconds to 30 minutes.

The sliders themselves maintain the tight, sleek look of your Android's default lock application, but the app's ads do clutter the screen a bit. As long as ads aren't blocking anything of importance or affecting the overall experience of an app, I don't normally pick on a free app's advertising. However, because this one is on your phone's desktop, it will always be staring you in the face.

The app has a nice look, and it's an innovative idea, but if you have low tolerance for advertising in applications, this one isn't for you.

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