Always on the look-out for useful applications for my phone, I came across this lovely little utility.
PatternLock offers a great way to lock / unlock your touchscreen BlackBerry.
When setting up PatternLock, you define your lock pattern. The next time you see the lock screen, you trace your finger in the pattern you drew before and the device will unlock. Any other pattern and in any other order will not unlock the device.
PatternLock can lock individual applications, the call screen, and the whole device. This is a feature rich lock application, with options that range from notification icons, integration with weather apps, security features (such as password protecting your options), and lots of customization options.
I had tried BerrySlider, but found that it drained the battery quite quickly. I've been pleasantly surprised by how well PatternLock works, and with the configurable options, it's easy to use.
There are two versions available. The Lite version is free, and offers only the basic pattern set. The full version allows you to change the background, colours of the pattern, which applications to lock and much more.
It's also possible to set a maximum number of attempts, before the phone locks - this isn't as bad as it sounds, you just set how long to wait until you can try again. I've not used that option!!