iPhone App Review: Sound Touch

iPhone App Review: Sound Touch

April 7th, 2010 by

Having an iPhone and a toddler can be either a blessing or curse, depending on the battery life of your phone and your attitudes about parenting. For all of its faults, the iPhone is simple and intuitive to use, which means that my four-year-old knows how to access its each and every nook and cranny.

So I’m torn about whether I want there to be apps on there he will enjoy or not. On the one hand, there are legitimately education apps that can help him learn number and letter recognition, or enhance his logical and cognitive abilities. On the other hand, I want to play Space Miner too.

Sound Touch is no Space Miner, but it is a well-designed sound board for toddlers that offers dozens of pictures and sounds from several different categories. It’s basically a sound and photo exploration app, where your child can tap on icons and bring up the sound that object makes as well as a random photo from a selection built into the app. It’s a huge download but the app is well-done with high-quality sound effects and excellent photographs. Categories range from animals to vehicles to musical instruments, and each category is selectable by a clearly marked tab at the bottom of the screen.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, etc.

Children younger than four should have no problem discovering and exploring this app’s many pictures and sound effects. In fact, my four year old wasn’t really that interested; I suppose once you’ve mastered Sunday Lawn, tapping icons to bring up pictures and sounds just isn’t that exciting. This seems like the kind of app that if you’ve got a child just old enough to understand not to throw or drop Daddy’s iPhone, you’ve got yourself a winner.

My only suggestion would be to perhaps include some other options within the app, selectable by the parent, to bring up text along with each choice. This would make the app not just an exploration time-killer for kids in the waiting room, but rather more of a tutor to assist in word recognition.


  • Great pictures
  • Great sound
  • Variety of categories
  • Intuitive


  • Lacks the simple addition of text stating what the object or animal is that you’ve just tapped

Bottom Line

This is a great app for parents looking for something to occupy and delight their 2-to-4 year-old child.

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