I bought this today at Wal-Mart (in store) for my 21 month old. (he has a brother who is 3yrs10mo old who can also play with it) and it's pretty cool. I also have a 5 year old and a 7 year old...and they would have pretty much zero interest in one of these tablets (baby or not). My 5 year old might entertain it briefly - but they've both had experience with Nintendo 3DS's and iPads, so this will be a boring no-go for my older two children.
I don't know what the difference in this and the regular InnoTab2 is - I think nothing, except that the icons are different (more baby-ish) and the tablet color is different. Basically, I think they switched up some colors, some icons, and slapped the word "baby" on it and are charging you $20 more for it. With that being said, this Baby version comes with the 'Innotab Baby' cartridge game - and that does not work on the regular Innotab2 (only the Baby). I'm also not sure that the regular Innotab2 comes with a cartridge game, and this one does. Anyway, I simply liked the look of it better, so I bought this one. And it comes with the gel case. Which is nice, but I don't recommend dropping the system from a high height...it's not THAT nice. If your kid likes to take toys and throw them...don't give this to them.
It's basically what the first LeapPad was. First LeapPad was super cool, a little slow, a little sluggish, and graphics were good. This is equivalent to that. If you want a super super upgrade, I would recommend the LeapPad2...but that's sort of $100, and I didn't feel like going there.
I got on the VTech store thing on my computer, plugged the Innotab2 Baby in and downloaded 2 free games that you get (cool games) and I also bought 2 storybooks for $4.99 each and an episode of Bubble Guppies for $2.99. Not bad prices, and they look pretty good...should keep both my little boys entertained when using them. The games that come on the tablet are great for a little kid...my 21 month old was able to sit and play a shapes game and was totally thrilled about touching the shapes and making them pop and disappear. He grasped the concept of it easily. However, being able to actually NAVIGATE the tablet, any child under the age of 2 is going to have trouble with. I have to open things and get through beginning instructions THEN hand my 21mo old the tablet. So be prepared for lots of helping. It's also easy for them to sneak into menus and get lost, and easy for them to hit the home button or the power button and things like that, and it might be frustrating to them.
This thing is a battery sucker, just like all the other VTech and Leapfrog 'tablet' and 'handheld gaming systems' are. Buy the AC adapter, or buy some rechargeable batteries. Any rechargeable AA will work fine (this takes 4 AA batteries).
All in all, it's pretty cool. It doesn't blow me out of the water, so I knocked a star off. But it is pretty much what I was expecting, and I'd pay the same for it again. I think it should be the same price as the Innotab2 or at least $10 cheaper - but whatever. I'm a sucker for the beauty of retail packaging and this was in a really fun display over in the baby section when I went to buy diapers, and I couldn't resist it.
It's a good buy. Should last up through age 5, I'd say. Neat concept. Teach your kids about technology now - you're short changing them if you don't. The world is changing, and this is a great introduction for little ones to the word of tablets and computers.
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