Better Than a Pacifier, But Not by Much, Fisher-Price Offers iPhone Apptivity Case for Toddlers

I know many deluded parents will get their toddler the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case thinking it's the first step toward raising a millionaire App developer, but come on. Gut check. The kid just likes the shiny shiny, right?

Besides, he or she is just going to gum it up and use it to hammer plastic nails into the faux wood carpenter's set you got them last Christmas when you hoped their affinity for beating things with other things meant a future as a antique woodworker.

But, please, by all means ignore the cynical blogger, encase your iPhone with this bit of plastic when this launches in October and see an elaborate early retirement future whereas passersby would see an obnoxious, spoiled toddler ruining a perfectly good smartphone. [NYT]