Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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Leapfrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet
Member Name: taramorg23
Leapfrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet
Advantages: Fun and educational
Whenever I get my tablet out my daughter asked to play or will try and lean over me and press the buttons, because of this I decided to get her a tablet of her own. After looking around I decided on the Leap Pad 2. Normally it is priced around £80, but because I bought it in November I managed to get it for £64 in John Lewis.
The tablet is for ages 3-9, my daughter is almost 2 but as she is already quite handy with my phone and tablet so I thought she would manage to work it fine. The tablet comes in 2 colours green and pink. It requires 4 x AA batteries to work and these aren't supplied. You can get a rechargeable battery pack however before christmas this was sold out. I got some ordinary rechargable batteries Leapfrog recommend 2600mHa for best results.
The Leap Pad 2 can be customised and because of this I opened the box to set it up for my daughter so it was ready for Christmas day. The tablet has a 5 inch screen which is encased in a child friendly surround which measures 2.6 x 13.3 x 17.9cm it also weighs around 998g. The tablet is contoured to fit comfortably in your hands. At the front of the tablet is the on/off button, the volume a home button, the left, right, up and down button, the speaker and a camera at the top of the tablet. On the right hand side is the stylus which fits into a slot and can be adjusted to suit right or left handed children, at the top there is a micro usb port to connect it to your computer a slot to put in a game cartridge and a headphone socket. Finally on the left hand side is a port for the power cable and a microphone. There is also a camera located at the back of the tablet.
To set the tablet up for the first time you need to switch it on and create a profile for your child. The tablet enables 4 profiles including a guest profile. You can chose a picture for your child and also a level to meet their age requirement. Once this process is in place you need to connect the tablet to your laptop and download the Leapfrog software. This is a straightforward process and as we have other Leapfrog products I was able to add the Leap Pad on easily.
The tablet is designed to help your child learn with the help of 2500 apps from the Leapfrog store and also games that can be purchased separately. It comes with a 4GB memory which will hold a lot of apps for your little one. You can either use a debit/credit card to pay for apps or you can purchase and app care which I did on Amazon for £10 giving me £15 worth of downloads.
You get a few apps on the tablet as standard including a Pet Pad which allows you to customise a pet and then feed, bathe and play with it, you also get a camera which is fairly decent at 2MP and more than adequate for a child it also enables them to record videos, finally there is an art studio which allows drawing and colouring. I also downloaded my daughter a ebook of Finding Nemo, some videos including Pocoyo, a Finding Nemo reef builder game and a colouring app with Scout and Friends.
The tablet was easy to set up and I was impressed with the quality of the screen. I had read reviews that had said that the screen was difficult to work and not very responsive however I found it to be fine with and without the stylus. The only difficulty I had was getting it out of the box it was so difficult and once it's out there was no chance of putting it back in to wrap it.
My daughter was thrilled to receive this for Christmas and the first thing she wanted to do on there was play with her pet, she chose a cat which she was thrilled to discover could be any colour she chose so he is now green! you can choose the food that you feed to him there is a choice ranging from bananas to cakes and carrots. You can also was the pet and then blow dry him by blowing into the microphone.
The eBooks that you can download are brilliant they read the story to your child and allow them to press charaters on the screen and interact.
The Finding Nemo reef game that we downloaded which is for ages 3-5 teaches your child about different sea creatures by collecting them. It also encourages them to learn to count. My daughter has no problem opperating this game and moving Nemo along the screen using her finger.
Her favourite app on the Leap Pad however is the Scout colouring and friends you can chose from pre drawn pages and tap to colour choosing a colour from the pallet or you can start on a blank page and customise it using stamps and different drawing tools including a paintbrush and a marker. The stamps are brilliant my daughter loves them as they are interactive so for instance if you choose a spider he will walk and make a noise, bubbles pop and the animals move and make their noises.
The Leapfrog store has a lot of choice for different age groups the apps are catagorised depending on what they teach there are some for reading, writing, science, maths, geography, drawing and just for fun to name a few.
As my daughter is very small the apps for the first age group are very basic, she can already count to 5 and enjoys counting along, she also likes to take lots of pictures of herself using the front camera which is a decent camera and takes clear pictures.
I was concerned about the battery life of the tablet as the reviews I had read said it eats batteries however the rechargable batteries I bought last a few days and we have two sets.
Since Christmas the Leap Pad has had a lot of use, my daughter takes it to her nan's and to her great nan's as she doesn't have many toys there. She likes to watch videos on it in the car too even though I have bought her a dvd player for the car.
You can also get accessories for the tablet including a case which for us was an essential as we take it with us most places there are also headphones and gel cases.
I would recommend this, I can see my daughter using it for many years it also saves my phone and tablet getting a bashing and it has been a godsend when we go out for food or on a visit and my daughter gets restless. You can also connect it to your computer and it will show how many stars your little one has collected and their progress on the games and apps.
The only downside is some of the apps are expensive but once you have purchased one it can be shared on other Leap pads which is ideal if you have more than one in the house.
For me this was well worth the money as it has provided my daughter with hours of fun.
Summary: A fun learning tablet
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