Review Sparky Lock Screen Lite
Lockscreens with handy shortcuts
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 27 May 2017, tested on HTC One S
Functions quickly, simple interface, simple design
No security locks, not enough of settings
Sparky Lock Screen for Android is a set of lockscreens (2 free and several you can buy). All the lockscreens feature your battery status on them somewhere, and most of them have integrated shortcuts for actions like Call, Message, Camera and email. These shortcuts are mainly integrated with the picture somehow: for example, one is a doughnut where you slide over different pieces of the doughnut for different actions. One features a dial, which you turn left to SMS and right to call. Some of the lockscreens feature a different quote each time you look at them. Many of them will show whether you have missed calls or messages. None of the lockscreens have a security lock, but all of them can be opened with a “telepathic” Jedi-like action, by swiping your hand over your phone, without touching it.
Sparky Lock Screen lets you try all the available lock screens before you purchase them, so you know exactly what you will be buying. There are 12 paid themes at the moment, each costing $0.99; or you can buy all of them for $2.99.
The on-screen shortcuts will, of course, activate the default actions for calling, texting and your stock camera. Doubtless there’s a way to change what the default actions are, but I would prefer it if Sparky Lock Screen let me choose my own shortcuts; at least for some of the Lock Screen designs. Many of the Sparky Lock Screen designs are very nice, and they are all distinctive, but for my money I’d want to see more personalisation, as well as some security options.