I am very happy for the opportunity to let you know about the new LeapPad Ultra which LeapFrog sent me for free to review. They asked for me to give my honest opinion and this is something which is really easy for me to do! This past Christmas we bought Josiah a LeapPad - and he LOVES it! I was really impressed with everything the LeapPad could do, but I have to say, LeapFrog has taken the LeapPad to a completely new level with their new LeapPad Ultra! LeapFrog says, "Built for children, inside ad out, LeapPad Ultra is the 100% kid-perfect tablet with a 7" hi-res screen, Wi-Fi and instant access to a best-selling library of 800+ educational games, eBooks, videos, music and more developed or approved by leading educators and designed by game experts. LeapPad Ultra has a sleek, new look and is packed with exciting features: Front and back camera and video recorder
Rechargeable battery for up to 9 hours of uninterrupted play
8GB for storage and apps
LeapPad Ultra offers Wi-Fi with a kid-safe web browser which allows children to only access high-quality, age-appropriate content, pre-screened by LeapFrog's learning team." I know when a company writes about their products, they are going to put them in the best light possible, but I can honestly say the LeapPad Ultra lives up to the "hype"! There is so much to tell you about . . . more than I want to put in just one post, so I'll let you know about some of the things on LeapPad Ultra I especially like and then finish up my review tomorrow with more of the details about all the new features!
There is really much to like about the LeapPad Ultra; I like the larger design, I appreciate the new features such as the MP3 player and I, for one, am really happy to see they added a rechargeable battery and AC adapter! I consider this to be a "Parent-Grandparent-friendly" feature! I am a totally "non-tech" person, so I am very happy to see how easy it is to use, how clear the instructions are and how engaging the apps are. Josiah (my grandson) - was thrilled to open the box with the LeapPad Ultras when it arrived and was able to sit right down and start using the programs which LeapFrog loaded for our review. He played a couple games, took photos and made a video (one of his favorite things to do with his regular LeapPad). At first he was not happy the LeapPad Ultra didn't have a stylus but, he very quickly got used to just using his finger and when I asked him if he liked the LeapPad Ultra, he said, "I LOVE it!!!" Apparently it has this almost five year old's seal of approval! I give the LeapPad Ultra my "grandma seal of approval" because it is a great way to help kids learn! Math, reading, geography, science and so much more becomes fun play as kids learn through all the apps, games and eBooks. I'm particularly happy to learn the game cartridges and apps we have already purchased for Josiah's LeapPad will also work with the new LeapPad Ultra! I'm extremely impressed with LeapFrog for making the decision to allow this compatibility between their machines - it seems so often when companies upgrade one of their items you have to purchase all new programs for the new machines. I'm very glad this is not the case with the LeapPad Ultra! There is so much more to say about the LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra . . . and I will do so tomorrow . . .
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