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Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Hot Toy for the 2011 Holidays!Posted .
I'm a Mom of three kids, including a five year old daughter who has loved every LeapFrog product she's played with, and the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet is no exception! With a 5" screen and 480x272 resolution, the LeapPad has the feel of a Tablet. A magnetic stylus fits into a slot on the side, plus it comes with an extra stylus with a tether cord, a USB cord, and a CD to install LeapFrog Connect. LeapPad comes with a built in camera and video recorder as well as 4 applications: the Pet Pad writing game comes preloaded and 3 download apps are included at no additional cost -- the Art Studio, the Story Studio, and 1 additional app of your choice. What I'm loving best about the LeapPad Explorer so far is how intuitive it is for my five year old daughter to use. I unboxed it and handed it to her while I started reading the instructions, and next thing I knew she had created her profile, picked a background screen for her desktop, and started playing! I also like that up to three players can create their own profiles, plus there's a sign-in spot for a guest as well. The PetPad Writing game is so cute! It combines taking care of a virtual pet with teaching beginning writing skills. Your child picks their pet - cat, pig, lemur, bunny, dog, sheep, dragon, monkey - and then customizes it's ears, eyes, mouth, tail, paws, and body. They have to keep their pet happy with a shower, food, playing games, and teaching the pet tricks by tracing letters. My daughter loves it! One new feature with the LeapPad is Ultra eBooks, so our review model included the Cars 2: Project Undercover Ultra eBook already loaded. Ultra eBooks combine animation with reading skills, your child starts by selecting the reading mode - hear the story read, hear the story while reading along, or read along only. When your child comes across underlined words, they tap to bring up a pop up window that reads the word in syllables and then uses the word in a sentence that explains the meaning. In addition, tapping characters on the screen makes them move or say something, while their name on the screen is highlighted. The Story Studio and Art Studio take advantage of the built-in camera to let kids truly personalize their creations. All pictures are stored in a folder called "My Stuff", and can be inserted into personalized storybooks or used as the basis of works of art. I like how the Story Studio has an "About Me" book that includes a "create my family" page. Have your child take a photo of each family member, then they drop them in their storybook. The Art Studio encourages creativity by letting your child draw with pencil, paint with a paintbrush, use stamps, and pick patterns. Finished works of art can be stored in the My Stuff folder. Features from the Art Studio also appear in the Photo lab, where pictures can be stretched, turned black and white, saturated with color, turned into a mirror image, and more. Roly Poly Picnic is a game available from the LeapFrog App Center which takes advantage of the LeapPad's tilt feature. Tilt the LeapPad to roll a roly poly along a path, periodically dropping down into a hole for a learning game. Roll over the correct letters on the screen to spell a word that is spoken first. Correct spelling makes a piece of food appear, collect three pieces of food to advance to a new level. Roly Poly Picnic is the game that my boys (who are 14 and 12) and I play when we're all in the car. We take turns handing the LeapPad to each other, it's fun and surprising challenging to roll the roly poly perfectly along the path. You will want to buy a set of rechargeable AA batteries and a battery charger to go with the LeapPad. A fully charged set of batteries should give you about eight total hours of game play. I like that the LeapPad automatically shuts down when not in use to save battery power. If you've been hearing about the LeapPad and are reading the reviews to see if you should buy one, my answer is YES. Based on the response it's getting from my 5 year old daughter, my 12 year old son, his best friend, and even my 14 year old, the LeapPad is an electronic learning device that is educational and also fun!I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
My Four Year Old LOVES It!Posted .
My four year old was one of the first kids to get to test out the LeapPad. We have in our house the Leapster Explorer, Leapster 2, and an iPad. So it's safe to say we can at least compare this product to these three items. I wanted to toss in the iPad because ever since my sixteen year old received hers, my four year old was begging nonstop for one until he received his LeapPad. Sure it won't do things that the iPad will do obviously but as far as sleek and trim and giving him games he loves, the LeapPad fits the bill. No bulk at all! The LeapPad offers a 5" screen which is fantastic! It is bright and easy to see and is much bigger than the Leapster Explorer Screen. The resolution for the LeapPad is 480x272 and it has touch screen technology. You can use the finger (as in the picture above) or the stylus that comes with the. The stylus is magnetic, but it can be attached to the device with a supplied cord. If your stylus gets lost, no worried. The great thing is that the LeapPad comes with an additional stylus just in case. I opted to attach our stylus because I knew if I didn't that I would be spending a lot of time looking for it. Games and Activities One thing I want to point out that makes this mommy super excited is that the all the games we have for the Explorer can be used in the LeapPad. This hasn't been the case in the past with other LeapFrog products so this is an awesome addition! Especially since he still grabs for his Leapster Explorer as well! LeapPad is the first kid's tablet with built-in camera, video recorder, microphone and available Animation Studio, allowing for creative exploration that can also be shared with family and friends. What Games Come With Your Purchase? LeapPad camera and Video Recorder: The LeapPad's built-in camera and video recorder lets kids capture a moment and make it their own. Kids can take pictures and add fun effects-smudge, stamp, stretch, swirl and more-or use the video recorder to shoot video, complete with sound. In three mini movies, LeapFrog's LeapSchool character and avid photographer, Bug, offers tips on taking pictures and shooting video to help budding photographers hone their skills. Pictures can be stored on the LeapPad or uploaded to your computer. Being 2 GB the LeapPad can hold up to 30,000 pictures or 120 minutes of video. It has a countdown timer to take self-portraits and you can edit your photos with approximately 10 different tools. Story Studio-All About Me: Part of the innovation of LeapPad is the way it's build to share components across apps. The artwork, photos, writing and recordings kids create all culminate int he Story Studio experience. In the Story Studio, kids create their own book about themselves that can be uploaded to view in LeapFrog Connect or shared with family and friends via Facebook or email. Art Studio: Create masterpieces in the Art Studio using a variety of essential and fun art tools, including stamps, shapes, the pattern brush, paint brush, pencil, eraser, and zoom tool. Upload artwork to computer via LeapFrog Connect or use it in the All About me Book. My Stuff: The included My Stuff gallery is where kids can view their various creative works including photos, videos, artworks, and stories. This is also where kids can delete files and view how much space they have to store their work on the device. Pet Pad: Create a pet to play with and love! Learn to draw letters while teaching your customized pet tricks. Keep your pet healthy and clean with feeding and washing activities. The pet is a great companion-even following a kid into the home menu on the Leappad, where kids can continue with fun by tilting the device side to side or upside down to move their pet. New features on the LeapPad is using the microphone to blow dry your pet, shaking the device to get your pet moving in Flingo and tilting your device from side to side to see your pet slide around. To Buy or Not To Buy? With my personal opinion I say purchase it. My four year old got his first Leapster when he was two and has enjoyed it since. He got the Leapster Explorer at the age of three and now the LeapPad. I really feel that the educational aspect of these games have really helped him when it comes to school. We as parents know they are learning but they think they are only playing a game. Even through my four year old has a Nintendo DS, he still reaches for the LeapPad or Leapster2 over that. So that I find very impressive!I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
My 6 Year Old Loves This!!Posted .
The new LeapPad is great. Its like a little tablet computer just for kids. There is a large touchscreen and so many options and features to keep kids entertained for years to come. We had a LeapFrog Leapster Explorer which we can still use those games on the LeapPad, plus there is a camera, microphone, and video recorder for kids to really be creative. The games are educational and my 6 year year old just loves the camera. It's a perfect upgrade from the LeapFrog Explorer and would make a great gift for any kiddo!! I can use rechargable batteries and the sylus stays put on the side so it can't be lost. There's so many great little features that are smart for kids and parents! LeapFrog sent our family this product to review check out the full review soon on OurOrdinaryLife.comI would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Fun Learning Tablet for ChildrenPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Recently I received a LeapPad from LeapFrog to review for Free and I am sharing my thoughts here on BestBuy. The LeapPad has a great 5" screen. It is large and bright. I didn't see a way to control the brightness. The screen is larger than the Leapster Explorer Screen, which measures 3.2". The resolution for the LeapPad is 480 x 272. (The Leapster Explorer was 420 x 420.) It is a touch screen. You can use your finger or the supplied stylus. The stylus is magnetic, but it can be harnessed to the device with a supplied cord. An extra stylus is supplied in case one gets broken or lost. That has happened 3 times to us with other Leapsters - so it is great having that extra on hand. The LeapPad device is white with green accents. There is also a violet option, which is nice for the girls. On the front of the tablet there is a power button, sound down and sound up button, and home button. There is also a large silver button (the D-Pad) that can be used like a finger control, to move a cursor up, down, left, right or explore other options. The LeapPad comes with a camera, video recorder and microphone. The camera can take 30,000 pictures and the LeapPad can record 120 minutes of video. GAMES & ACTIVITIES: The LeapPad is similar to the Leapster Explorer in what kids can do with it. They can read e-books, play learning games, enhance art and animation skills, listen to and play music, learn writing, watch videos, and do flash cards. It also has a built-in camera and video recorder, while that requires an additional accessory for the Leapster Explorer. One thing I LOVE about the LeapPad is that it works with other Leapster Explorer Games and Apps! That means if I download an app for my son's Leapster Explorer, I can also upload it onto my other son's LeapPad. And the boys can also share cartridges. And with the LeapPad came a HUGE library of game cartridges and apps to choose from. Most games and apps are extra, though, not included with a LeapPad purchase. What game(s) do come with your LeapPad purchase? 1. PetPad: Learn to draw letters while teaching a custom pet tricks. Keep your pet healthy and clean with feeding and washing. The Leapster Explorer also comes with PetPad, but with the LeapPad kids can use the microphone to "blow dry" their pet, they shake the device to help their pet JUMP over a pond to pop balloons and they can even tilt the device to move the pet as it follows them onto their home page. You need to connect the LeapPad to your computer to use collected points to purchase food and accessories for the pet. Don't worry - it won't die if you don't do it. But it encourages you as a parent to connect the game to the computer so you can track your child's learning progress. 2. Story Studio: All About Me: The artwork, photos, writing and recordings kids create all culminate in the Story Studio experience. In the Story Studio, kids create their own book that can be uploaded to view in LeapFrog Connect or shared with friends via Facebook or e-mail. 3. Art Studio: I am SO THRILLED that Art Studio was included with the LeapPad. The Leapster Explorer didn't have an included Art Program - so my boys were using the Art Studio from Mr. Pencil or Tangled to get creative. The Leapster 2 DID come with an Art Studio, so I was a little sad when I found out the Leapster Explorer didn't. And whenever a parent asked me what game to get for their new Leapster Explorer, I always said, "Mr. Pencil saves Doodleburg," because it was educational and creative. But with the included Art Studio, it gives me more options for what games we can get next. With the Art Studio the boys use stamps, shapes, pattern brushes, pencils, erasers (all virtual) to create pictures and express their creativity. 4. Camera/ Video Recorder: The LeapPad has a built-in camera and video recorder. My son used it immediately to take a picture of me. And then I used it to take a picture of HIM for his profile. That's when I realized that the camera is low-res. He loves taking photos and videos, but he can tell the difference of quality. But it is good for the purpose and helps keep the cost of the product lower than if it was a higher-res camera. With the camera kids can take pictures and videos and then add fun effects. Additional games, books and videos have to be added either as an app or with a cartridge. Remember, there is a library of over 100 choices. Additional apps and games are separate reviews on theMomBuzz. Please refer to the bottom of the post to connect you to these other reviews. WHO TO BUY THIS FOR: The LeapPad is designed for children 4 to 9. I would actually feel comfortable giving this to an advanced, tech savvy 2 year old. (Parents and grandparents will know who I am talking about! So many toddlers can use a smart phone better than an adult. This is a much better alternative to giving a toddler your precious iPad.) WHY BUY IT? Why do I suggest the LeapPad for kids 2 - 6? Well, my sons have owned a Leapster since they were 2 and I feel that the educational games have helped them with their writing, science and match skills. It's a creative outlet. And it's a great way to disguise learning as fun. I know some parents purchase the Nintendo DSis and other handhelds, but we've gotten away without needing to purchase one yet - even though their cousins own those handhelds. My kids have been happy with their Leapsters and the new LeapPad as their handheld and entertainment of choice. And I prefer it to, knowing the games were designed with learning in mind. Plus, the Leapster Explorer and the LeapPad are great that you can keep challenging them with new apps, they are cross-compatible to take each other's games and the LeapPad remembers your child's progress from game-to-game and book-to-book. Finally, maybe you are trying to decide between the Leapster Explorer and the LeapPad. Both are EXCELLENT devices. I :heart: them both. But with the LeapPad you are getting the camera/video recorder built in, it has a microphone, it has a larger screen and kids will experience a new way of reading with Ultra eBooks, an interactive cinematic reading experience. (I'll post more about that this week when I review the Cars2 Ultra eBook.) MORE THAN ONE PLAYER: The LeapPad does allow for more than one person to sign-on to the game. Only one person can play at a time. But... if my oldest is in school and my youngest wants to play, I can sign-in under his name. So then the LeapPad will know that the younger brother is playing and will adjust the settings to make the games challenging enough for his level of learning. And I have to say, when I first turned this on (after my 5-year old had been playing for a few hours) I saw that he created a profile for ME. How sweet is that? He had my name, my picture and chose a nice pink background for me. :heart: RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES: I am also really excited that this is the first LeapFrog device I own that accepts rechargeable batteries. Previously all the devices stated that peak performance wouldn't occur with those batteries. But that has changed now! And trust me, your kids will be running down the batteries in the beginning as they won't want to go anywhere without the LeapPad. WHAT IT COMES WITH: When you purchase the LeapPad, it comes with a CD to get LeapFrog Connect on your computer, a USB cord and an extra stylus. WHAT YOU MAY WANT TO BUY: * LeapPad Case to keep it protected when not in use * LeapPad Gel Skin to protect it when being used * Headphones so you don't have to listen to the games when traveling or in an office
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
upgrade to the pad?Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Hi! I am Vanessa Brown and I run a website called INeverGrewUp. We just received a LeapPad from LeapFrog to review and so I wanted to share with all of you what I thought of it! 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.
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Left aint rightPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought my 4 year old son the Leapster Explorer, with the camera purchased separately, about a year ago. He really does enjoy it so I figured I would upgrade to the LeapPad (built-in camera, etc). I was hoping the camera/video would be upgraded as well...it is no better than the Explorer. Very grainy and the video is terrible unless the subject is standing perfectly still. So it is pretty much a useless feature, unfortunately. You must also have the room well lit for any picture/video capture to be decent. Now for the "left aint right" comment. My son is left handed. I have read reviews stating the stylus is set up for right-handed people. This is true, but what my son is finding especially frustrating is that some of the games are also set up for right handed kids. For instance, there is an exercise where the child is to trace letters. What makes this more difficult is that the LeapPad is turned sideways during this exercise and the letters to be traced are oriented on the right side of the screen. What happens is when he begins to trace with his left hand on the right side of the screen, the side of his left hand drags along the screen and causes "false input" on the screen. He became very frustrated because the LeapPad would register his tracing as inaccurate. Overall, if you like the Explorer, it is a small "Leap" to the Pad. It would be nice if they would include a feature that allows parents to calibrate the system for left-handed children. PS I was NOT given one to Demo. Had high hopes for this "kid's tablet". If you do not have either the Explorer or the Pad I would definitely recommend the Pad. Just beware of the left-handed issue.....
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Educational fun for your little one!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was lucky enough to receive a LeapPad free of charge for review on my blog, The Maven of Social Media. My first impression of the LeapPad was how sturdy it felt in my hands. It felt beefy and sturdy without being too heavy. Considering how much it was going to get dropped in our house, this was important to me. I’m looking forward to investing in one of their Gel Skins when they are available in October for a little extra protection. The 5” color touch screen is a great size (you can use the included stylus or your fingers) – bigger at 480x772 resolution than both the screen on our Explorer and my iPhone – but not as large as the iPad (can you imagine the costs if it was!?) The LeapPad is ready to play right out of the box with Art Studio and Story Studio, the camera and video recorder, Pet Pad and a free app download! So you can pick it up with some batteries and go! Love! All the Explorer games we bought last year are compatible with the LeapPad. Smart. The new Ultra eBooks are awesome! My son loves his Cars2 eBook! The cinematic book is engaging and fun. He loves to read, so I’m looking forward to getting him more eBooks! The games and apps available on the Explorer include lots of old favorites and new ones too, and are priced between $5-25. We’ll get a few new favorites but we are good to go. Another awesome thing about the LeapPad is that the camera and video recorder is incorporated right into it! No accessories to lose – a real plus! It’s not a fancy camera, but for my 3 ½ year old, it’s perfect. He gets an idea of how to use the camera and take photos and he loves that he can embellish them in the included Art Studio. I love the educational spin on LeapFrogs games and apps and that I can check my son’s progress with the Learning Path. It’s so cool to hand him his LeapPad to let him play, and then later on see how well he’s done solving a problem. This is especially important to me since my son has Autism, and sometimes things can be more challenging for him than his peers. I’m a little bummed that there is no rechargeable internal battery pack for the LeapPad (yet I hope!!) like there is for the Explorer since it uses 4 AAs (which is about 8 hours of use), BUT you CAN use rechargeable batteries of 2000mAH or higher! This is a very good thing because the LeapPad gets a lot of play time in our house, whch means lots of batteries. I’d recommend having two sets of batteries, so one can be charging while the other is in use. In addition, you can also use a AC adaptor (sold separately) to power your LeapPad. Things it’s missing is an expandable SD slot or a way to download games like you can the Leaplets. I also wish the protective devices like the Gel Skin was available NOW. I know there has been a lot of talk about cost. It’s my thoughts that the LeapPad is competitively priced with other hand held gaming systems on the market. The games are the same as well. The difference is I feel more comfortable handing my savvy 3 ½ year old the LeapPad. I’m about picking my battles and I’d pick the LeapPad. Overall we’re pretty happy with the LeapPad, and often heard in our house is “LeapFrog, PLEASE PLEASE OKAY” Thanks LeapFrog, for letting us be one of the first families to try out the LeapPad Explorer!
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Even Better Than I ExpectedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
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. Overall Thoughts: 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.
Q: QuestionI have older cassettes. Unit not working.Is there a replacement for the unit that utilizes the little cassettes?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer From the research I have done the old cassetts should be compatible with the new game console.
Answered by spex