Top positive review
86 people found this helpful
great for a young child up to at least end of KS1 - year 2.
on 25 September 2012
The leappad 2 is very similar to the first Leappad released at the end of last year, but with a few added extras. The leappad 2 looks the same initially, but with an added camera for front pictures (similar to the new gen Ipod). You HAVE to have a laptop/computer as you need to download the leappad connect application and create an online account) and this is what is needed to move games/programs onto the leappad and also to remove the pictures videos taken to print later.
The first programs are similar with one connected to the computer loads petpad, my stuff, my books, camera, art studio and video. Added extra to leappad 2 is the creativity program and a game/and or video game (must be picked when first connected to the computer.
I had already connected a first leappad to my computer and was alittle worried whether the downloaded games would transfer, but I need not have worried as games that are downloaded are available to upto 3 leappads connected (at separate times) and games can be loaded onto all three at the same time.
The differences in memory are that Leappad 1 1704mb and Leappad 2 3118 mb. One point that I have found irritating is that the Charger for leappad one does not work in Leappad 2. Also the Battery compartment of the Leap pad 2 does not need a coin to open and batteries are easier to install than in the older one. The Leappad 2 is also a music player
Not sure yet what happens when you revert them back to factory settings, but can not see this being a problem.
My daughter is 3 and finds this unit really easy to use. It is robust and user friendly, one tiny niggle would be that it is really easy to add additonal users and change the ability level on the appliance itself and this is not always acceptable. My daughter managed to change hers from preschool to year 2 level. This is easily rectified, but should not be accessible to the child.
All in all Leappad 1 or 2, a few added extras, but either would be great for a young child up to at least end of KS1 - year 2.
A great present and much loved toy.