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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great product from LeapFrog!

    Posted
    ParentingByTrialandError

    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. PROS: * 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. CONS: * Like most toys of this type, it sucks down batteries like you wouldn't believe. Thankfully, I usually have rechargeable ones ready to go. OVERALL: 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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LeapPad Explorer Compared To Leapster Explorer

    Posted
    Karen3G2S

    The LeapPad Explorer is similar to the Leapster Explorer in many ways, but with a few differences . . . 1) The LeapPad Explorer has 2GB of memory verses the Leapster Explorer’s 512MB. 2) The LeapPad Explorer’s 5” screen is larger, but also brighter and sharper than the Leapster Explorer’s 3.2” screen. 3) The LeapPad Explorer has motion-based play and the Leapster Explorer does not. (One of our preschoolers’ favorite games to play is Roly Poly Picnic, in which they need to tilt the LeapPad to get a ball to roll over the desired object.) The technology is surprisingly accurate as far as how it responds to the user’s motion. 4) The LeapPad Explorer comes with a built-in digital camera/video recorder and microphone, while the Leapster Explorer’s digital camera/video recorder is an accessory that can be purchased separately. (As a parent, I think having less detachable pieces to lose is preferred.) I also want to say that the image quality is better. Although lots of light is still required with the LeapPad Explorer to capture a good image or video, the combination of the better screen and a higher resolution, allows the LeapPad Explorer’s camera to produce a better image. 5) The LeapPad Explorer comes with an extra stylus, where the Leapster Explorer does not. (Somehow our children managed to pull the stylus off the string on our Leapster Explorer. We still haven’t located it and are lucky that the unit also works with the touch of a finger.) 6) The Leapster Explorer has a charging dock that is available to be purchased separately, but the LeapPad Explorer unfortunately does not have one currently available. (I highly recommend using rechargeable batteries in the LeapPad Explorer, especially if you have more than one child using it frequently.) 7) The LeapPad Explorer retails for $99.99, while the Leapster Explorer retails for $69.99 plus $24.99 for the camera/video recorder attachment. Three features by which my family was highly impressed in the LeapPad Explorer are . . . 1. The included Art Studio App is pretty powerful for a toy’s image editor. One can take a photo captured by the LeapPad Explorer and make it black and white, tint it, decorate it with stamps, draw on it, and more. The results turn out great. 2. As I had previously mentioned, the motion detector technology is surprisingly accurate. It is a key feature that our children enjoy very much and, if it had failed to be accurate, our children would likely have been very frustrated. LeapFrog really did well with this feature. 3. Like with the Leapster Explorer, the LeapPad Explorer adjusts to your child’s skill levels. (We have twins and it’s great that they can both play the same game under different usernames even though they learn at different speeds.) How could the LeapPad Explorer be improved? 1. One of my main complaints about the Leapster Explorer was that it was a little on the heavy side for a child to hold with one hand for an extended period of time. The LeapPad Explorer is just as heavy. 2. As previously mentioned, it would be ideal to have a charging dock (or another type of charger) for the LeapPad Explorer. I hope this accessory will be available in the future. 3. Although, the 400Mhz processor is not overly slow, it would have been nice to have a slightly faster processor in the LeapPad Explorer than in the Leapster Explorer. As difficult as it is for children to wait for something to download, it is probably more difficult for adults who are accustomed to using adult tablets and e-readers. 4. Although the LeapFrog Explorer games can be used in both the LeapPad Explorer and the Leapster Explorer, the apps are not interchangeable. So, if we have one app the children particularly loved on their Leapster Explorer, we may not be able to get it for the LeapPad Explorer unless there has been a version designed especially for the LeapPad. NOTE: Although I received a complimentary sample unit for my family to use and provide feedback, all thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Mini Me version of the iPad

    Posted
    MacMama

    I think this is a winner! Since getting an iPad2 and having to share it with DD, I've been looking for something that would be similar for just her to use. Voila Leapfrog saves the day with this fantastic new leappad. It is fully loaded with a still camera, video camera, microphone, durable shell and large, brilliant screen. The download on Mac for Leapfrog Connect was quick and easy (5 minutes.) Upload of new update and 1 free app was about 10 minutes. A lot of people are saying they wish this had wifi, so let me tell you why I am happy it does Not have wifi. WiFi could be accessed by outside sources, if you are in a public place you wouldn't want someone to be able to access your child's LeapPad's photos, videos and name that is on it. I do wish that the LeapPad had an expandable memory slot (something iPad is also lacking), but taking into consideration that it has 2 GB of memory should hold a good amount. If you are buying this system, to use to the full potential you will have to buy leapster explorer cartridge games. When I heard about the launch of this system and that it would work with explorer games, I started buying them when I found them on a great deal so we have a small collection already. Having a child play all of the educational games from Leapfrog is so much better than having them play just a DS. Everything on here is fun and has value. If you are worried (as I was) about so much battery usage, there is an a/c adapter port. The adapter is sold seperately though. It was also a bonus to get an extra stylus incase of loss or breakage. It is nice that the LeapPad holds the stylus with a magnet so it is easy to put into the side. Bottom Line: Would I buy this again and recommend to someone else? YES, absolutely Includes: some apps already downloaded, camera, microphone (internal), 2 styluses(one with string attachment) Does Not Include, recommended purchases: a/c adapter, headphones, leappad explorer cartridge games, case (Leapfrog is releasing them in soon (preorder here at bestbuy) but in the mean time you might want to use an insulated softside lunchbox as we do), gel skin (leapfrog is releasing soon) Last word: the only issue I foresee is that LeapFrog wants you to spend between $7 and $10 for apps, quite a few are just an app version of something we already own from LeapFrog. In Example, all of the learning videos we have them all on DVD, I don't think I should have to pay $10 again for the same thing I own already. They should be giving a huge discount to current owners of those. Same thing for most of the books, we have them with the Tag system. Hopefully they will either come out with new ones or something.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great concept -

    Posted
    tri1035

    I bought mine for my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter. I did not realize that it depended so much on hooking up to the internet - so be sure you have a computer at home. I also assumed that many of the games were already on it, but you have to buy most...$7 to $20 to download. When a game runs out of "product" such as the bathtub game you have to go back to the web site to download more products. They are free but it doesn't always happen at a convenient time. The leappad does come with a couple games - so you don't get a bare product. My 3 year old stayed engaged and loved the product. I am hoping that she will become more engaged with the learning activities. I like all the concepts involve learning. Game is sturdy product. Does not come with charger and goes through batteries quickly 4 AA. If you are going to give this for a gift or Christmas, I suggest you open it a day before and do all the downloading. It takes a while to figure out and could delay the fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good product/concept, educational, overpriced

    Posted
    Gwendolyn75
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Advantages: very kid-user friendly, varied icons for multiple activities that my 5 yr old daughter enjoys, durable (it's been dropped at least 3 times), some functions can be done differently w/each use (like w/art studio she can create something new each time) Disadvantages: my 5 yr old showed her 4 yr old friend the leap pad and together they read the book on it. After they were done w/the book the 4 yr old said let's read another one. My daughter said it only has one. The 4 yr old said It only has one?! And the story that is offered is very, very short. For $100 there s/b at least 10 of these little stories offered. If there isn't enough memory a lower price I'd recommend or swap out one of the other functions. The other drawback is this product lasts about 2-4 hours on batteries then they have to be changed. Either get rechargeable batteries or an adapter. We went back to Best Buy to buy an adapter. They didn't have a specific one for the Leap Pad,but sold us an interchangeable one. It didn't work/fit. I might recommend this to a friend; depends on their needs/goals, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Short battery life, but overall Great product! :)

    Posted
    MomTo2Girls8YrDifference
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I got the LeapFrog Leap Pad tablet for my 4yr old for Christmas 2011. She loves it! It is so easy for her to use. She is so proud of herself(as am I) when she accomplishes a new learning level. I love that you can connect it to your home computer to review your child's progress and even set skill limits on it. She Loves taking pictures with the Built-in camera. I just wish the games were a little more inexpensive.($25/cartridge....$10-$15/downloadable games) I have found games for her LeapFrog Leapster2 at FiveBelow...wish they had LeapPad games there, too. Couldn't find the Silicone protective cover anywhere, not even on the LeapFrog website. Found a generic one on eforcity.com for only $4.99 in Light Blue, her favorite color! :) I DO recommend you buy the rechargable batteries/charger and AC adapter from LeapFrog.com ( or Best Buy or anywhere you can find it) because regular batteries don't last long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the perfect "iPad" for kids

    Posted
    MomConfessionals

    Even since we got this, my 4 year old cannot put it down. We have gone through sets of batteries and they do last a long time, but not it you don't put it down! We love that it has enough functionality to keep kids really engaged. Not only can my child take pictures and videos like an iPad can. They can play games and read books! Just like an iPad you can purchase additional apps and that's where the fun really begins. I just wish the apps were in the same price range as most iPad apps. A little pricey at the $7.50 to $10 each range. One of the things I love most, since we are a LeapFrog family, is that the games from the Leapster Explorer also work on the LeapPad. Since we have both, it's great! Kids can play with both and I don't have to spend more money to buy new games and programs. My daughter also loves the pink version, it is her favorite color!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Holiday Gift Giving

    Posted
    CoolBabyKid

    While we received a LeapPad from LeapFrog for review purposes, all options are my own and 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. The pad works both with fingers and a stylus, and luckily a stylus tether is included. I would absolutely recommend LeapPad for it's intended age group, 4-9.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If its on SALE..grab it quick!

    Posted
    LAShopper
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've had this for almost a month now and I got it for our 2.5 year old. I know she is still too young to play some of the games... it doesn't hurt to start early. To my (our) surprise, she absolutely loves it! From the story books, to learning to trace an alphabet, to caring after a 'pet'. It fun and educational. The games are a tad expensive in comparison to ITunes, but it's a piece of mind to know that she is nowhere close to being online or accidentally calling international when you're not watching! I'm glad we got it while it was on 20% off SALE in our local store. If we had blinked..we would have miss it! My advice is to definitely get one of those AC adapters. It's worth saving those batteries for the road trip.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the $$$

    Posted
    tzerkel
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Santa brought this for my soon to be 7 year old and she was ecstatic! She plays with it daily and I love that I can track her efforts online. The unit is VERY sturdy as it has already taken it's number of bumps and falls and still turns on!!! (She even accidentally spilled some liquid on it and it STILL works!!!) The ONLY reason I deducted a star from my rating is because this sucker will eat up some batteries! We ended up getting our youngest the Leappad as well, and between the two of them, we have already gone through over 20 batteries! I really wish it had the Explorer set up with a charging dock, but we will be investing in some rechargable batteries for both units. All in all, this is a great product, which I have yet to be disappointed with LeapFrog.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dead on Arrival

    Posted
    fijismart

    I am giving this 1 star because the usb leap connect does not work which means half the functionallity of the toy is not there. I attempted all the suggestions provided by leap and nothing has worked. I purchased this based on other reviews here, but Leap has provided units to a test group and I believe these reviewers are part of that group, which explains the long write ups. Overall I have been very disappointed with the purchase and further more with the lack of support from Leap Frog as a company..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tablet for the little ones

    Posted
    DalFan13

    My wife and I both have iPads and my daughter was always taking them away from us to play her games but now see has her own and loves it. She gets real satisfaction when she solves puzzles from games. She loves taking picture and painting as well. All around a great device for kids. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because the price of apps is a little steep and there arent many of them either but otherwise the device is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not an iPad for kids

    Posted
    REBoLand
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Purchased for my 7 year old daughter. Was looking to get it for christmas but all stores where sold out. Finally was in stock so bought it and was supersize when my daughter only playied with it for about a day. And has not touched it since, even after I purchased a cartage educiational game for 20.00 dollars. She does use the camera to take pictures and videos and she loves her leapster reading pen thought.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Educational and fun for 8 year old granddaughter.

    Posted
    halliesmoke
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this Leap Frog Leap Pad for my 8 year old granddaughter for her birthday. She was very excited and happy to get it since she was playing with my 3 year old granddaughter's Leap Frog Leap Pad she received for Christmas. When I ordered this from Best Buy they had them in stock where everywhere else I looked, they were out of stock. The gift was sent directly to my home in time for her birthday.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT

    Posted
    JCook1

    We bought this for my daughter for christmas, and it was by far her favorite gift. She loves it Its very kid friendly, and allows her to be very creative as well as learning while she plays. I that you can load words on it to play with specific games allows her to work on her spelling words from school while still playing games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made me a "Super-Dad"!

    Posted
    Brigao
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was lucky to have heard about the LeapPad earlier in the year so bought one as soon as they became available. My wife thought I was a little crazy but, now that our 3 year-old daughter wants to play with her LeapPad non-stop I was right. And, now I get my iPad back! Thanks Best Buy!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Educational

    Posted
    FlippyH
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is a wonderful toy. We bought two, one for our 5 year old daughter, and one for our 3 year old son. They are fantastic. Three weeks after Christmas, we are still discovering new things in the games. They are very educational and keep both children occupied for a long time, even on car trips.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great educational tool for my 4 year old niece.

    Posted
    Nancy22
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorerer plus 4 educational games/ebooks. My niece is learning to use the LeapPad with help from adults. She is learning to write, read, and spell as well as taking care of her "Pet Pals." Fun tool and hopefully, will last for years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for helping kids learn

    Posted
    Stuby14
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    It's a great video game for learning. Better educational wise than a ds. My daughter loves playing the games and readying the ereader books on it. I recommend getting the wall charger and car charger so it's not using batteries all the time. Also buy rechargeable batteries.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it.

    Posted
    Yannadam

    I purchased this item for my 3 1/2yr old daughter and she loves it. I love that you are able to use the cartridges from the Explorer with it. My one rif is the cost per app (seven or ten dollars). Perfect for her little hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend