Kid’s Corner Feature in Windows Phone Awarded “Pogie Award” by The New York Times

| December 28, 2012 | 23 Replies

Kid’s Corner, one of the new features that debuted in WP8 (which basically locks off some parts of the phone such as dialer, browser and in app purchases when activated creating a worry free environment for the kids to play Angry birds in) has been awarded a Pogie Award by the New York Times. But what the hell is a Pogie award?

We don’t award these coveted trophies to the best products of the year; everybody does that. No, the Pogies celebrate the best ideas of the year: ingenious features that somehow made it past the lawyers, through the penny-pinching committees and into real-world tech gadgets — even if the products overall are turkeys.

So basically the New York Times think Kid’s Corner is an ingenious feature, which isn’t too much of an over statement (although I’m surprised nothing like this existed before), and here’s why:

KID’S CORNER Windows Phone phones may not be flying off the shelves, but it’s not because the software isn’t any good. And Kid’s Corner is particularly inspired.


The problem: Your offspring in the back seat claims to be bored, begs you to hand over your phone. (Yes, yes, that’s right — it’s a first-world problem. But still.)

In the Windows Phone 8 software, with a quick left swipe from the Lock screen, you open Kid’s Corner, a sanitized version of the operating system that contains only apps, music and videos that you’ve handpicked in advance. Web browsing, e-mail and phone calls are off limits. So are in-app purchases.

Personally for the most inspired/innovative feature of 2012 I’d be tempted to give it to Apple’s new fusion drives (that give you the speed of an SSD, with the capacity and cheaper price of a normal HDD) IF ONLY it wasn’t introduced by Seagate about 5 years ago (or so).. So until REAL wireless charging without cables come true, I guess I’ll agree with TNYT on this one and hand it over to Kid’s Corner


The New York Times



Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  • MOOking

    kids shouldn’t have phones….yes KIDS….unsafe for anyone under 12

  • Vasco

    Papa Carlo and his children ?!

  • twig

    Ponies are big to mothers watching the morning news programs. If you mentioned fusion drives to them, they would just stare blankly at you. Now the Kids Corner is something they understand.

  • viipottaja

    Yup, one of the best new features in wp8 for sure!

    • swain

      new for sure…I doubt about “best” 🙂

      • viipottaja

        It is. I guess you don’t have kids. 🙂

        • swain

          ha..haa…very true…
          I don’t have a plan to get married in near future…so no question of kids corner…still I would like to see how it works. 🙂

  • swain

    Kids corner is not so important considering the fact that we can turn data off or put the phone in offline mode. I wonder how long it will take MS to add support for DivX and mkv files. Please don’t say these groundbreaking innovations will be part of WP9…!!!

    • viipottaja

      Trust me, turning data off does not prevent kids from messing with everything else on the phone. Kids corner is a brilliant feature to have. 🙂

      • swain

        Just one doubt(may be a silly one): How to turn off the kids corner ??? 🙂

        • viipottaja

          In case you really were wondering, you turn it on and off in settings. Real kids you can’t. 😛

          • swain

            Today’s kids are very smart… You can’t bet that they can’t turn the kid’s corner off. 😛

            • viipottaja

              Ooh haha, true. You,can of course have a password to prevent them from getting to your side of the phone and thus Settings. Just don’t make their birthdates the passwords! 😀

              • swain


    • DesR85

      “Kids corner is not so important considering the fact that we can turn data off or put the phone in offline mode.”

      You might be able to save on shock bills, but you still have to deal with them fiddling around with the phone such as prank calling/sms your contacts as what Belfiore mentioned or messing up the phone’s setting.

      I did play around with the Kids Corner on a Lumia 920 demo unit at a Nokia Store and saw the option to add/remove apps into it. Pretty neat if you ask me, though the background was white the last time I tried. I wonder if it is possible to change it.

      • viipottaja

        Yes, you can change the pic & name on the kids corner start screen, and the background and accent color in the actual menu view.

        • DesR85

          Nice. Wasn’t able to do so as I was short on time. Not to mention that some options in Settings are greyed out in the demo unit, which is a bummer.

          But the 920 does look tempting, though, after trying out its camera, its Maps and Drive apps.

          • swain

            What I mentioned above is my general perception about the kids corner. However I would certainly like to see how effective it is.
            920 is definitely a tempting device, specifically the red one.

  • mj

    @Aliqudsi The Apple Fusion drives are not really anything new, the same drive kits have been on the PC market for a while.

    Just look at the RevoDrive from 2011.
    If you don’t want that big boost, just get a SSHD they have been around from 2009.

  • fially

    this is a good features, if I have a kid (no, I’m still 17 lol) and he/she want to borrow my phone, I would not to say “no”, I give it for a while not too long and let them play games or something.. and kid’s corner would be great idea 🙂 for safety as well

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