Product Type: LeapFrog Child Development
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A Great Educational Toy For Five To Nine Year Olds.
Leapfrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet
Member Name: perrywinkle9
Leapfrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet
Advantages: Great educational toy.
Disadvantages: Can't put on your own films or songs. Limited storage capacity.
My mum is looking after three foster children at the moment and at Christmas she decided to buy the Leappad 2 for the eldest, Bruce who is seven and the Innotab 2 for the two younger children who were five and three at the time, she also bought the Innotab 2 for my son who is three (If you're reading this thanks again mum it is a great present. X). Mum managed to find both tablets for just under £50.
Bruce was as excited at his Leappad as the younger boys were about their Innotabs, the Leappad looks a lot more like an adult device than the Innotab and is definitely geared up to slightly older children. I was given the enviable task of setting up the tablets. The Leappad only took a minute to set up and once Justin had taken his profile photo and entered a few details he started to get to grips with it while I set up the Innotabs.
The Leappad has a directional button which makes some activities a lot easier such as some of the games which is an improvement on the Innotab but it doesn't have buttons to change the brightness which is unfortunate if you are trying to save energy or letting your child play with it at bed time. The stylus can be attached to the Leappad which is fiddly to do but very handy.
Setting up the Leappad on the computer was very easy as we already had Leapfrog connect installed for 'My Pal Scout', the computer just ran a quick update and we were good to go. the computer interface is very straightforwards and anyone with any computer experience should be able to use it.
The Leappad comes with Pet Pad, LeapFrog Learning Songs, Cartoon Director and Art Studio apps pre-installed, it also has a video recorder/camera that works with front and rear facing cameras and an eBook reader. All of the included apps are great fun and very well made. Cartoon director is probably the app that bruce has enjoyed the most.
Apps vary in cost, from three to twenty pounds, and quality so check out a review of the app before you purchase it. Many of the more expensive apps are also available as cartridges which are often cheaper than the digital copy. You get one free app with the Leappad and Bruce chose Jewel train which is a puzzle game and is great fun.
The cartridges cost around fifteen pounds. Mum bought Bruce the 'Ben 10' game cartridge. All Leapfrog explorer cartridges are also compatible with the Leapster GS and unfortunately that means they are often designed to be used with shoulder buttons. The shoulder buttons are available on the touchscreen interface but it feels a little untidy.
The Leappad is less battery hungry than the Innotab but when the low battery icon pops up you only have about two minutes as opposed to about quarter of an hour with the Innotab. As with the Innotab I would recommend investing in a set of decent rechargeable batteries.
The biggest negative point I have with the Leappad is that you can't put your own songs, videos or books on it. There is no option to upgrade the limited storage capacity but as you can't put on any of your own content it isn't too much of a problem.
The Leappad is much more of an educational toy than the Innotab, being able to track your childs progress through leapfrog connect is a great touch but would be better if it conformed to the UK key stages. The Leappad has an american accent whereas the Innotab has an English accent, this is something that I have often found slightly annoying about some other Leapfrog products.
The Leappad is advertised as being suitable for 3-9 years but in my opinion is more suited to 5-9. As the Innotab is more appropriate for 3-5 years it isn't really a question of which is better but which is more appropriate for the age of your child. If the Innotab or Leappad had Wifi it would be a major advantage and I would imagine that it would be included in the next generation.
Summary: It's good but could be better.
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