Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 95
Rated 5 out of 5 by PennyPinchingParent Better Than I Expected & I Knew It Would Be Great.
We received a LeapPad for review purposes from Leapfrog and are already HUGE fans of LeapFrog's educational games, toys and videos. We did receive the LeapPad for review purposes, but the thoughts, opinions and my experience with the system that I express here are solely my own.
We have had the Leapster Explorer for a year or so and my 4 and half year old loves it. We have about 8 or nine games for the Leapster Explorer and several of the Leaplets you can download, so I would think it's fair to say we know the learning system pretty well and really are fans of the Leapster Explorer... thus my anticipation of the new LeapPad. I was excited to see how LeapFrog was going to top it, so to speak.
I had no idea that the LeapFrog LeapPad would be as great as it is or anticipate how quickly my little one would take to it.
I will just highlight the things we like best about the LeapPad and anything we don't like...
What We Like:
*Overall size and feel of the device. It's kid friendly without being too bulky. The screen is big & bright and it's really neat how you can customize your sign in with a picture.
*Built in camera. In the Leapster Explorer it's an add-on and in my opinion makes the device a little bulky. We leave ours on all the time and since it is on there, the case designed for the Leapster Explorer doesn't zip all the way around easily.
*Interactivity: My 4.5 year old loves the fact that you can twist, turn and shake it to interact in the games. She got a super huge kick out of the fact that you blow into the microphone to blow dry your pet in the PetPad app.
*The Apps & Games: As I mentioned above, we have begun to build up quite the library of books, leaplet games and cartridge games for our Leapster Explorer and those games can be used on the new LeapPad. From my 4.5 year olds perspective, there are lots of fun games to play. From my perspective as a parent, I like the fact I can shop for games, etc. based on what area of learning I would like for my child to focus on.
*Adjust To Your Child's Learning: Just like the Leapster Explorer, the games have various levels which automatically adjust to your child learning level and progress.
*Extra Stylus: The stylus can be tethered or not and you get a back-up one in case you lose or break one.
What We Don't Like:
*Invest In Some Good Rechargeable Batteries: Like any battery-powered handheld gaming or learning device, it does seem to run through batteries fairly quickly. We plan on investing in some really good rechargeable batteries.
*Tethered Stylus: I know a lot of parents will really like the option to tether the stylus, but for my 4.5 year old, we noticed than when she has the stylus tethered, she holds it with an improper "pencil-grasp" and really seems to hold the stylus very awkwardly... this is the case for the Leapster Explorer as well. Untethered she doesn't seem to have any problems and she holds the stylus lightly and with a "proper pencil-grasp". As parents who had a little one whose grasp didn't develop naturally, this is important to us, we will risk losing a stylus. I just wanted to point this out, it has nothing to do with the educational value or quality of the LeapPad... just something that quickly affect a little one who is just learning printing skills.
My opinion would be the manufacturer's suggested starting age of 4. One for the safety and handling aspect...this is almost a $100 (& worth it) item and really I think that waiting until 4 can really make sure your child gets what they should out of the LeapPad and protects your investment a bit. I know my daughter would have been much rougher on the system a year ago than she is now. Also, all of the games, etc. that are for the Explorer items are for 4 and up, some even older. We did have our Leapster Explorer at 3.5, but my daughter just now gets how to work the camera and make stories, etc. on her own. I'm not saying a 3 year couldn't play the games... my kiddo could (with some help), I just feel like waiting until as close to 4 as possible might be better.
I would definitely recommend the LeapPad to someone looking for a fun learning system for their child. It's a great supplement to things they may be learning at school or home and is a fun way for them to learn touchpad and over all "techy" skills that they will need to know. It's a huge hit at our house and my 4.5 year old did state that she likes it better than her Leapster Explorer, which was a total shock to me.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Naruto97 Leapfrog Leappad is Awesome!!
We did not order the leappad from Walmart. We ordered it through Leapfrog.com on Monday. No one else had it so we can order it at the time.We did over night shipping. When we order the leappad bundle for $159.99. The bundle pack is two games and a $20.00 app center. We also order the headset for $12.99 The headset is very good. He plays his Leappad every day. This toy is awesome. He will take pictures and they turn out great too. I am very happy with this product and glad we got it for him.
Rated 5 out of 5 by CoolBabyKid Exceeds Expectations!
I didn't think it was possible for LeapFrog to come out with a tech toy more comprehensive than the Explorer. Somehow they've outdone themselves with LeapPad. While we received one from LeapFrog for review purposes (all options are 100% my own), I plan to purchase a 2nd for Christmas for my daughter.
With the biggest, brightest screen yet and the built-in tilt sensor, it's apparent out of the box LeapPad is a winner. Tilt it and the pet goes sliding across the screen making the kids giggle. And while it's fun for them to take pictures and videos of themselves and their family and create an "All About Me" story featuring their favorite subject, LeapPad lives up to the educational expectations typical of a LeapFrog product. For example, the interactive books include three reading levels which automatically adjust as your child progresses.
Completely customizable, users can create a profile complete with a picture of themselves making even the home screen fun as they sign in by clicking on their own picture. The pad works both with fingers and a stylus, and luckily a stylus tether is included. On of my favorite features as an educator is "Pet Pad," and included app allowing users to play with and customize their pets. While some like "Flingo" are fun using the tilt sensor to fling your pet, "Trick Time" offers handwriting practice forcing small fingers to trace letters accurately before moving on.
I would absolutely recommend LeapPad for it's intended age group, 4-9 and look forward to having two (and avoiding arguments).
Rated 4 out of 5 by bonggamom Great for on-the-go, educational fun
Yay, Leapfrog, for coming up with a tablet that you can give your kids to play apps on instead of having them trash your phone or tablet! The LeapPad is a cute little tablet that kids can play games on, draw with, read books on, and take photos and videos with. It has lots of space for lots of apps, an educational focus -- and for such a cool piece of technology, the price is right!
Everything I liked about the Leapster Explorer is present in the LeapPad Explorer, and they've improved on almost all the things that I didn't like about the Leapster Explorer, and added some cool features I never would have thought of! Similar to the Leapster Explorer, the LeapPad has a touchscreen and a stylus. You can create up to 3 accounts plus 1 guest account, so each of your kids can play at their own level, without messing up anyone's scores (and parents get an accurate picture of the skills each child is learning, via the online Leapfrog Learning Path). WIth the LeapPad, you can also customize each login with the child's photo, change their wallpaper, even create a little pet (via the PetPad app, included with purchase) that jumps around the home menu screen! The colorful screen displays and graphics are very similar to the Leapster Explorer's, but the LeapPad's screen is bigger, so kids get a better experience. Also, you can play motion games with the LeapPad -- for example, in one of my kids' favorite games, Roly Poly (must be purchased separately), you can tilt the LeapPad to make the cute Roly Poly bugs roll across the screen and collect food. There are tons of educational games and apps for the LeapPad (100+ by years' end), including interactive LeapPad Ultra eBooks, and best of all, your old Leapster Explorer game cartridges will work on the LeapPad!
Age range is 4-9, but I'm thinking 4-7 is more like it. However, it would be very easy to keep a 9-year-old engaged on the LeapPad, because it's a cool-looking device that doesn't scream "Baby Toy". Leapfrog just needs to add more games, apps and eBooks for kids in the older range. Instead of helping kids with phonetics and beginning reading skills, the apps and eBooks could work on more advanced skills like reading comprehension or spelling.
Note: I received the LeapPad Explorer to review, at no cost to me, but the views and opinions expressed here are my own. I have always been a huge Leapfrog fan and have purchased countless Leapfrog products for my kids and as presents, and we'll definitely be buying more apps for the LeapPad!
Rated 4 out of 5 by mnmother good for the money
love leap pad products and this seems to be a well made product my child loves it and while he is only 3 and below the age reccomendation he uses our ipad very easily but seems to have trouble with some of these games. Also the apps are WAY to expensive keep in mind when u but this that is only comes with a few apps and to get more you have to pay between $7-10+ dollars each new game! so while i dont want my 3 year old to break my $500 ipad i like that it has hundreds of free apps that amuse and teach him. his $100 leappad will end up costing us just as much i fear in the long run
Rated 5 out of 5 by DaSweetestPeachNGeorgia Love, Love, Love IT!!!!!!
I bought this for my 3 yr old a month a go and he has not put it down yet! He LOVES it! He mainly uses the alphabet stew app and Mr. Penicl for now. When he masters those 2 we will add more apps. I also bought the Dora eboon and the Letter factory movie(great for road trips). I purchased lithium batteries at first and thery were dead within a weeks time, so I would suggest buying rechargable batteries especially if your child will use the camera a lot.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Goodshopper1234 Power up issues with 2 units, now no refund
Looked for the hottest toy out there this Christmas- the Leappad. We couldn't find it local, but I came across it here two days before Christmas, so I figured, great a late present. Received it and the kids loved it! Every few days they had an issue powering it up, but when i would try it, it would turn on, and figured they forgot to charge the batteries, or some such thing. Then it happened right when I was with them, and sure enough, push the power button and no response. I called in and talked to a tech, he had me remove the batteries and clean the connections with an eraser, I complied, knowing this would not fix it, but of course it powered up. I thanked him, but told him we both knew this was not the issue since it hadn't powered up even with the adapter plugged in. Upon pressing him, he admitted that this was an issue they were dealing with on other leappads, and he assured me they would take care of it if it happened again. Sure enough, a day or two later it happened again. They kindly replaced the unit with a new one (note: with no statement that if I took another one I could not get a refund if the next one failed). You guessed it- the new one failed the first morning. I immediately called and asked for a refund, offering to pack up all the parts from the original and second one if they would send me a box. I was told that in reward for me giving them another chance, they would not issue a refund because I had a replacement, refunds only given with the original!!! I'm not happy, and I will continue to tell my story until I get a refund!! Thanks, Dean
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kfnana With this product, there should have been an ac adapter. Little kids will run down the batteries very fast.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luckhasit711 LeapPad review
I would like to first laugh at the one star review because "she" didn't like it, but her kid did. Moving on, buy this! By far the best educational toy on the market thus far. The best part? Your child will continue to learn from it for many years and not get bored. With the digital and touch technology of today your child could spend hours interested in the LeapPad. My only dislike is not in the toy iteslf, but the price of the games. I still bought it and extra games, so it didn't bother me that much. Buy, buy, buy!
Rated 5 out of 5 by AydensMom11 Better than the Leapster Explorer....
My son adores his Leappad. I bought it for him to replace his Explorer and because he really wanted it and he loves it. He takes it everywhere, he even sleeps with it. I wish in a way it had a charger like the Explorer did, but Duracell rechargeable batteries do wonders, get two sets and your all set. You can have one in the game while he plays and one charging all the time. It's a great system and seems just as durable as the Explorer was. The only drawback that I had through the whole process was changing his apps over to the Leappad, but the kind people at Leapfrog after a few emails and a call fixed the whole thing, they were very helpful. He's three so I think anyone whose children are 3-9 should consider buying this product
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sodisappointed Great toy for preschoolers
My daughter is almost 4 and has had her leap pad for a couple of weeks. She loves playing with it. I am technologically inept, but I was able to follow the instructions and get it set up very easily. We did burn through 4 "AA" batteries in one day, though. We were tavelling (2 planes rides, airport, etc) and it was heavily used. But it was a lifesaver since it kept her occupied flying across the country. It has also come in handy keeping her entertained when we are dining out. I do wish it came with more games. I downloaded some more apps and a video. The apps are $7.50-$10 each, so it can add up quite quickly. But I would purchase this again in a heartbeat.
Rated 1 out of 5 by PAParentsof4 not worth it
5 yr old likes it. I don't.
Included- camera/video camera/art studio- to draw & stamp/ art folder- place to find picture, videos, art work/ art album- place to make albums with pictures and artwork/ puppy game to feed and bath pet---a lot like petville game in face book, but limited/ and child will need to ask or be shown how to get coins and restock shampoo and food very frequently from a computer connection....I refilled these 4 times today:(
The free game that you can pick is from a very limited selection--certainly not the games pictured on box- had son pick an ebook-Dino, so he has one ebook now--and he thinks it is boring.
When I registered, I got an "extra" aphabet soup game, so now he has one game- aside from the pet game with the annoying coins.
The product also shows demos to kids unless the parent blocks them at the parent control menu---this can be done by hitting the power button and the hig volume butten simultanously. It also pushs games to parents when connected on-line. All an obvious ploy to get you to buy more games, stories, and videos.
My son got this yesterday for birthday--already on second set of batteries--need to buy rechargeable set or two:(
I think a DSi with a NERF case and one or two age appropriate games would be better than the Leap Pad.
Free games sites like Starfall are much more eductional than this toy, and can be bookmarked to the browser to make it easier for a child---or they can be taught to spell the name in the browser. Plus a child can easily be taught to use Word. Buying an adult camera for a child would also make more sense, coupled with basic windows games for the PC/laptop or Jump Start for the Wii-- and less costly.
This product is disappointing---and shows the corporate greed.
Rated 5 out of 5 by VanessaINeverGrewUp Upgrade to this new product?
Pros: Bigger Screen, it doesn't freeze like the Explorer tended to when we tried to use the camera & video application, with the tablet the camera/video comes WITH the product, the touch screen, smoother clearer video, the battery life, great games already included (man my kids love pet pals!), love the "about me" book they can create with video and the camera (which comes included as well, the game), the motion based games, how kid tough it is just like their other products and that it will take the Explorer games so I don't have to go out and buy new ones.
Cons: The stylus, this product is made for 4-9 years old so really the stylus needs to be attached...so silly it isn't. I really wish LeapFrog would put out the "chargers" to go with their new products so much sooner. The battery life on the tablet IS much better and you can do recharger batteries now but still I don't want to have to worry about it at all, I wish there was a charger. I still think Leap Frog games cost too much, I wish they were 5-10 dollars less. We didn't receive an extra stylus in our box but still my kids will go through two just as fast as one, that thing needs to be connected!
If you are trying to decide between the Explorer or the Tablet, GET THE TABLET! If you are looking to maybe move on up to the tablet I would tell you to do it if your child uses the camera and video option the most.
We travel a lot internationally as a family and really...Leap Frog has been heaven sent to help us with the long plane rides and car rides. Also with just having another baby it saved me with having to take all my kids into the doctor's office every week. These products keep them busy and quiet but I don't feel guilty because they are busy learning things. I have seen real improvement in my girl's letter writing skills, reading skills, spanish skills etc. because of their games and products. Now this tablet is my new favorite item by Leap Frog.
Rated 5 out of 5 by annabanana26 Great Product!
I am so glad they came out something for the kids! My son has autism and responds well to touchscreen. I was dreading paying 500-800 dollars for the ipad but then leafrog came out with this. it is great! it also it not cheap looking and is durable cause my son can get rough with toys sometimes. I could not thank leapfrog enough for coming out with a great product. its very easy to download the apps and games. it walks you through it and was very easy. if you have a child with autism i would highly reccomend this product. it also will entertain you child at doctors offices and on trips. you can feel comfortable giving you child this product beacuse it educational. also the camera and video recorder is great and fun and kids can edit the pictures! Great product! thanks leapfrog!
Rated 5 out of 5 by DoYourResearchPeople Leapfrog AC Adapter
Just wanted to let all the parents out there know about the "Leapfrog AC Adapter"(IT WORKS WITH ALL LEAPFROG SYSTEMS!!!!!). You can purchase this item by itself, if you dont have it, or in a bundle that walmart.com offers including: AC Adapter, LeapPad, and carrying case for $129. Buying this charger is essential because you'll save a lot of money on batteries and you can get an outlet converter adapter for your car so you can plug it in while on road trips. That way you can get rechargeable batteries for instances when u absolutely cannot plug the game in. I saw about 20 different reviews where parents complained about battery usage, guess they never did research on the product to find out if there was a charger available...
Rated 1 out of 5 by Blm11 Not durable
I had this toy for less than a month while my child was playing it turned off and didn't turn on again even when batteries where changed. This also happened to my sisters leap pad. I had to get a new one and made sure to buy a protection plan. They tend to break or just turn off and not ever turn on again.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Liaaa I got the LeapPad for my 2 year old son who absolutely loves playing with my iPhone. The LeapPad is a good idea, but he just isn't interested in it. He'd much rather play with apps on my cellphone, which leaves me playing with the LeapPad.
Rated 4 out of 5 by MomOfOneBoy LeapPad
This is a christmas present, so only I have played with it. It comes with Pet pad where your child can trace letters, art studio and story studio. We chose a free train game. A must is the $20 ultra ebook, these are the ones with the 3 reading levels, sounding out words etc. But there are only 3 available now. We also got $8 book called Learn to Read 1 and the Mr Pencil cartridge. Owning a computer for this item is a must. you have to connect to the internet to download. It is time consuming to set up, so don't wrap it up without getting it ready first! Downloads may be purchased with the code cards or your credit card online. We purchased rechargeable batteries. As much as I have played with it/synced it to the computer after the kids have gone to bed, it is still going....It's been a week now.
My only gripe is the cost to put it all together, but I see the future and potential in available downloads.
Rated 4 out of 5 by GCLittlemom great fun!
My 4-1/2 year old is having great fun with the LeapPad. So far she loves the noneducational stuff more, but still working on the other stuff. It is a little slow. We are first time hand held device purchasers for our kids and were a little disappointed at how slow the processing is, it takes forever to start up or move to another screen.
Rated 5 out of 5 by rachel62584 my little girl loves it!
the camera on the leap pad is really clear. the screen in huge. my daughter loves taking pictures and videos. she loves pet that you can make. there so much you can do on the leappad. we orderd it from the leapfrog site. it was the bundle. it came with the pad and two $20.00app download cards.
with reg shipping it was $147.00. We are very happy with it. the only reason i didnt put 5stars for meets expectations is because i thought it cam with the mickey anamation studio. i found out you have to buy it seprate and its not even out yet. we really wanted that app/game. its still a really great learning toy. its everything in one and more! its like the leapster explorer,camera,video camera and tag in one! you dont have all those books to store eather. there was never enough room on the tag for all her books.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Busymama619 Setup impossible
I've had plenty of gadgets and toys that I have set up without difficulty, but this item is giving me the worst problems! For one whole week I've been in contact w/ customer support trying out different things and still it will not connect. I'm very disappointed that a toy is so frustrating to set up and get started. We are returning it today. Customer service also takes ALL day to return emails so that you have to wait till the next day to try again.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 11MomChristine A new favorite!
Christine here, mother of seven and owner and author of the blog FromDatestoDiapers.com. We have been fans of LeapFrog products for years, so I was thrilled when they sent us their new LeapPad Explorer in exchange for our honest thoughts and opinions.
First off, I have to say that we have iPads, iPods and iPhones that even our littlest guys love to navigate. So, as you can imagine, they were very excited to get to try out the “iPad for kids.” Even my ten-year-old twin boys wanted a turn!
What we liked:
• The 5” touch screen and motion sensor – While the stylus is nice to use on occasion, I have found that my kids most often use their fingers to navigate the LeapPad, which is just the right size for their little fingers. And, just like the more expensive iPad and iPod Touch, it’s great fun to play the games that require movement.
• The built-in camera and video recorder – Not only do they have a blast taking photos and recording videos, but with the Story Studio and Art Studio apps (free to download) my kids can modify the pictures they take and even make them part of the stories.
• The vast collection of learning games, videos, apps and books – With over 100 from which to choose, there will be no shortage of learning with the LeapPad, covering spelling, phonics skills, mathematics, science, music, geography, and more.
• Tracking progress – As a homeschooling mom of a preschooler and a kindergartener, I very much like that I can keep tabs on their achievements through LeapPad's online tool, the Learning Path.
• Durability – Our LeapPad has been dropped numerous times, and is regularly passed between six kids and slobbered on by one.
What we didn’t like:
• The LeapPad sucks the life out of four AA batteries. I suppose this could be less of a problem with rechargeable batteries, though.
• The apps are somewhat costly. However, they are educational, so I suppose I can justify the $5-$10 per app, book, game or video. And, the cartridges are interchangeable between all of the Explorer devices.
• The touch screen is somewhat, well… touchy. It frustrates my younger kiddos when they try to “copy” over the letters in Pet Pad to get your pet to do tricks. The key is to go slowly and not lift the stylus even the slightest – something my kids haven’t quite figured out yet.
All in all, we totally dig the LeapPad Explorer and would definitely recommend it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by fairshar I bought this for my grandons 5th birthday. He' very smart and had been playing games on his mom and siblings phones. He knew how to play all the games and enjoys them and best of all he no longer has to use his mom's or sibs phones.
Rated 4 out of 5 by shanof2 My son got this for his 3rd birthday. We have not bought him any games yet due to the fact he loves what we were able to download. It took him a while to get a hang of it but if I was going to spend the money on something I wanted him to be able to use it for a while. My son LOVES it!
Rated 5 out of 5 by ParentingByTrialandError Another great product from LeapFrog!
I review products for LeapFrog on my blog, Parenting By Trial and Error, and the LeapPad Explorer is the latest product my family was given to try out. I've been using and loving LeapFrog products for YEARS, since my twin girls received their first LeapPads (a far different product than this one!) about 9 years ago.
My boys, ages 9 and 7, have adored every LeapFrog toy they've had, from their sisters' cast-off original LeapPads to their Leapsters, Leapster 2s, Tag Readers, and Leapster Explorers. We watched a preview of the LeapPad Explorer before it came out and they were extremely psyched to get it and asked me every day, "When is it going to be here????"
As expected, they love it. I'm thrilled that the games and apps work with both the Leapster Explorer and the LeapPad Explorer because then we don't have so many fights over who gets to play the new LeapPad.
I haven't cracked and bought Nintendo DSs for my boys yet, even though they've been wanting them. They have their Leapsters and that has honestly been good enough, even when they're around other kids who have DSs and my boys have their Leapsters instead. I'm happy because they are actually learning things and they're happy because they get to play those all-so-important video games.
I decided to give the LeapPad a whirl myself to see what it was like. I've mostly relied on my boys' input when reviewing LeapFrog products in the past, so this time, I decided to not even ask them what they like best and give my own opinion. There is no doubt that they love it.
* A magnetic stylus, which is fairly easy to get in and out and less likely to get lost (I hope!). My youngest son cut the stylus off of every single Leapster we had in the past, which has been very frustrating.
* An EXTRA stylus, in case you do lose the original. =) (Fantastic idea, LeapFrog!)
* The Learning Path, which allows parents to keep track of their children's learning progress online.
* Kid-friendly touch screen with nice, clear resolution.
* The camera and video recorder, which may be my kids' favorite features. Combine those with the included Art Studio and you've got hours of fun for kids that like to play with their pictures. The camera is pretty low-resolution, but it serves its function and my boys don't know any better yet.
* Art Studio! Lots of fun for kids and it gets their creativity and imagination going.
* The "All About Me" game, which allows kids to make books about themselves and share them via Facebook or email. I started my own book and had a lot of fun being creative with it.
* Ultra e-books, which are so cool! They're interactive and give kids a new reading experience.
* It allows several player profiles and each profile keeps track of that specific child's skill level. This is particularly nice because I remember in the small amount of time when my girls were still playing with their Leapsters (the original ones, I'm talking about here), their brothers would get on them and wreck their progress because there was no such thing as a different profile or log-in. I also love that the LeapPad, as well as the Leapster Explorer, does keep track of each kid's progress.
* You can get new games and apps to continually challenge kids (more than 100 in the LeapFrog library!).
* Much better alternative to an iPad for younger kids. Of course it's much more limited than an iPad, but it's also a fraction of the cost.
* It's educational, which is my very favorite thing about LeapFrog products. They know how to combine learning and fun in such a way that kids don't even realize they're actually learning something and not just playing a fun game. You can feel good about your kid using this as part of her allowed screen time because she's not just playing mind-numbing games, but actually actively participating and stretching her learning skills.
* Like most toys of this type, it sucks down batteries like you wouldn't believe. Thankfully, I usually have rechargeable ones ready to go.
I highly recommend the LeapPad Explorer. It's a wonderful educational toy for kids and a great alternative to a DS or similar handheld game component. I want my kids to have fun, and there's not much better than seeing them have fun AND learn something while they're doing it. Way to go on another great product, LeapFrog!
Rated 5 out of 5 by trixie91 Great device for kids!
I got this for my 5 year old and one for my 2 year old, they love them. They especially love the camera and video capabilities, and it takes nice images. We have not gotten many games but the ones we have are great.
Rated 5 out of 5 by AsTheyGrowUp Awsome Product
I have a blog titled As They Grow Up and LeapFrog sent our family the LeapPad to try out. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with the LeapPad until it arrived and I have to say that it couldn't have arrived with better timing. Our daughter had just received an iPad and as usual I have a 4 year old begging for one. The LeapPad quickly took the place of him begging for something else and he won't put it down. He does come to tell me on occasion that he needs a password for his LeapPad to keep his sister off of it.
It is very user-friendly and my son quickly learned to use it while I was trying to figure it out. Here I was reading the directions and next thing I know he was in my face taking a picture and making a video. This amazes me since he technically can't read. It is very easy to add more games on it as well. The camera will take over 30,000 pictures an it will also record over 120 minutes of video.
The Creativity Apps are what my son is enjoying most right now along with the video and picture option and let me not forget the Pet Pals App. He noticed that there was going to be a Pet Pal 2 app and has requested that we purchase this as well.
The Apps are very affordable and won't break the bank and so far those have proven to win out over the cartridge games. I think mainly the reason for this is because he can daily go from one app to the next without having to take the time to change out the cartridge. Hopefully more and more games will be available to download via apps instead of purchasing the cartridge.
The LeapPad by the year end will offer more than 100 learning games, digital books and apps. This is awesome and the apps and digital books that are available right now are fantastic! We have purchased a few and my son loves them!
The LeapPad Ultra eBooks offer an interactive cinematic reading experience that is designed to guide children through the story and develop essential skills.
I love that I can follow what he does by using the online LeapFrog Learning Path. I can easily plug in and update his LeapPad as well as his other LeapFrog products and see exactly how well he is doing and how much he is improving.
The one con that I can think of right off hand is the fact that it doesn't come with a rechargeable battery. I can see this as being a fantastic addition since this particular product is used all the time! I would love the ease of plugging it into my laptop to charge.
This is a great learning tool and I would highly recommend it since my four year old has yet to put it down!
Rated 1 out of 5 by ACaringMomOf2 Great if you own stock in a battery company
I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. She loves it, and plays it everyday.
This wouldn't be a problem if Leapfrog hadn't gone cheap by not having a rechargable battery pack.
I have to change the batteries at least once a week.
Additionally, downloading the apps was a problem, and to use the pet pad app that comes with it, you have to connect it to the internet daily.
Requires way too much up-keep!
Rated 5 out of 5 by CandyGirl583 Awesome Product!
We ended up buying a LeapPad from Walmart for my 3 yr old son and he loves it. I HIGHLY DON'T RECOMMEND you to buy it from the LEAP FROG website because its a terrible website and horrible customer service. I bought the leappad from them hoping that it would get here before his birthday. Believe it or not it's been over 20 business days and I still haven't got the product. They would not refund my money back even though I was so upset and not happy of the fact that I still haven't received it. SO PLEASE DONT BUY FROM THE LEAPFROG WEBSITE. Its better or buying it at Walmart;)
Rated 4 out of 5 by Klowe13 Love the system hate buying batteries
I love this learning tablet for my 4 year son. He enjoys working out the problems that each game provides and I can't seem to get it out of his hands. The downside to this product is that it does not come with a charger or should I say a battery that you can use a charger to charge with. Most all handheld systems have a chargable battery and for this I can not give it all 5s. I go through batteries and even the rechargeable ones don't last forever. If LeapFrog does any upgrade to this tablet, they should consider placing a chargable battery in the system. We are already are paying to purchase games and accessories for the system; this should not be another added expense to play the system.