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Tablet ok for children, let down by the battery pack and charger
on 8 August 2014
Bought from another retailer, but used the reviews on here as a means of making a decision. The product itself is actually quite good, well made and feels like a quality piece of kit. I didn't want my 5 year old to have a proper wi-fi based tablet and his friends have Leappads, so I thought this was a happy medium.
The first unit had to go back as the battery units would not charge up. Exchanged for another unit, which worked and was set up very easily, so far so good. However, after a few days, the second replaced unit has exactly the same problem, in that the supplied charger will not charge the battery packs. Very disappointed. A good search on int net identified a number of people who have had the same issues with the rechargeable battery packs in the 'power' version of the leappad2.
However, I tried the leappad with a set of high standard output ni-mh AA batteries and it works fine. The weak link appears to be the battery pack and/or charger. The leappad can still be used with separate batteries, its just makes the supplied batteries and charger redundant.
I am still in two minds whether to take this second one back and get a refund, but have a few days left to make that decision.
The American accent is confusing for a child where pronunciations differ slightly. Range of apps is ok, but can work out very expensive and there appears to be a number of them not worth the money. If you've been spoilt with free apps from Apple and Google, prepare to be disappointed here. My son is pleased with it, thats the main thing........until the next batch of games needs to be uploaded!
Overall, a decent product that offers some real learning potential, but not to be relied upon as an alternative to real life paper, books and person interaction!