New 2011 June Best Buy LeapFrog's LeapPad comes with apps, just like tablets for grownups : just for Kids

LeapFrog's LeapPad comes with apps, just like tablets for grownups
LeapFrog yesterday unveiled a new tablet that’s just for kids, ages 4 to 9. It’s called the LeapPad, and kids can use it in many of the same ways their parents use Apple iPads and other tablet computers. Fortunately, the LeapPad costs a lot less than tablets for grownups—it’ll sell for $100, starting on August 15 (though you can pre-order now). I saw an early demo of the LeapPad today, and I was impressed with what I saw: The device and its screen look very good, navigation and overall use is intuitive, and the apps are appealing.

First, some specs: The rugged-looking LeapPad tablet has a 5-inch color touchscreen (480 by 272 resolution) as well as a stylus, if kids prefer to use one. It has a built-in camera that takes still photos (in the JPG format) as well as video. The tablet comes with 2GB of storage; you can’t expand that, but you can move content on and off the tablet—as well as download new apps—when you connect it to your personal computer. It has no wireless connectivity, though.

There’s an accelerometer inside the LeapPad for motion gaming. The tablet works in portrait or landscape orientation. And parents who have already invested in LeapFrog toys will be happy to know that the LeapPad is backward-compatible with older game and video cartridges.

For multi-kid families, you can create up to three profiles on a LeapPad, and each can be personalized. The LeapPad will come with four free apps—one built in and three that are downloadable from LeapFrog’s online story. By year's end, you can expect around 100 apps to be available for the tablet; they’ll cost probably range of $5 to $20.

One of the free apps is called Story Studio, and it looked like a lot of fun: Kids can write their own multimedia e-books, using different templates for each page. They can import photos and use another free app, Art Studio, to edit and morph the photos and add drawings, stamps, and other graphics. And they can record audio snippets for specific pages. Once the story is created, it can be loaded and read on PCs and Macs and even uploaded to Facebook—which, of course, a parent would handle.

The LeapPad is also a kid-focused e-book reader. LeapFrog’s reading apps will read stories aloud, but kids can also click on individual words to hear them sounded out. Parts of each story are animated, and certain visual elements on each page will be clickable, too. As the story progresses, kids encounter mini-games to unlock more story.

Everything LeapFrog develops is educationally oriented, even the games. The learning activities scale dynamically, adjusting to each kid’s abilities while keeping things challenging. And the LeapPad will connect with LeapFrog’s Learning Path website, so a kid’s learning progress can be tracked by parents.

We plan to get one of these tablets in when they are available and try it out, hopefully by the on-sale date of August 15, so check back for more details.

If you’ve been following LeapFrog, you may have a sense of déjà vu; its first product, a touch-based reading device, was also called the LeapPad. LeapFrog discontinued the first LeapPad a few years ago when it developed the Tag reading system. But as it turns out, the name was prescient; why not bring it back for the company’s new tablet?


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290 of 294 people found the following review helpful. 

The music 

The amynicole902. 

My son received this table, when he was 8 months old and still playing with it almost on a daily basis. I think it will be removed in order to be placed on the infant. But we never ... This table will help our children in a standing position and encouraged him to "cruise" a variety of music to be good and have not even begun to get old. (Even for the mother and father), now almost 2, I discovered that my son begin to play themselves instead of just "hitting" the drums, piano, and then back to the camera ... I am.Make sure this table will last for years to come, especially when he became more interested in his letters, numbers and colors. I would definitely recommend these products for children Tukcn! 

107 of 107 people found the following review helpful. 

This is a hit with my whole family. 

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I splurged on this for my son, age 8 months, he is just learning to stand up on his own and continually trying to pull things off tables, or even our dog is not good. I quickly realized that those activities may keep the hands busy, busy. 

I agonized over buying it to play the first time I bought our small house I looked at the Microsoft Intelli - but it looks a little Atari - ish, with lights flashing in the middle. I looked at the Fisher model for the block. (And cheaper), but I think Legos blocks of choice soon enough. 

I sold LeapStart B / C theme music. It has a banjo playing Bluegrass, channel-shaped scats when you open it, play drums, bass bass, etc. But this is the best part is that all the music, not some electronic. An act of good music at the real thing. For parents, it would be a godsend, B / C will not be happy to listen to over and over again. (But it has a volume control for those times when you want). 

My son is ready to share when I gave it to him. It is now his favorite thing to play with and he has finally found something more interesting than crawling after our old dog. I would have to pay more for these toys. 

181 of 186 people found the following review helpful. 

All the best toys around / learning center. 

By Jolene Nelson. 

I can not wait until Christmas day to 8 months of playing with this toy. It is incredibly easy to operate, it has detatchable legs for babies who can sit up. I can not stand or sit, just like it has two modes: one is to learn numbers, letters, colors and more, and other modes as Music Mode, kids can switch modes simply by fliping pages of this book. Music is good, it is not the old standard of Mac Donald's voice jazzy upbeat with Grippers on the bottom of the legs so that when a child leans against the table, it does not move away from her / him as Emily loves this table. In fact, when I hold her up and her face is her little feet can not move fast enough for me to help her more. The makers of this table is definitely a serious thought put into it.