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Really Great Closed Tablet For Kids - But Beware App Prices!,
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This review is from: LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power (Pink) (Toy)
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I feel compelled to write that on the merits of the Leap Pad 2 Power Tablet, my five year old daughter would score it a full five out of five. I, however, as the bill paying parent, have deducted a point because it is just such a costly operation getting games onto the tablet! Unlike an open tablet, where designers all compete to get you to download their apps, you are held to the mercy of LeapFrog. As such, the prices of apps are a lot more than I am used to having to fork out, particularly as my five year old has a voracious appetite for new and interesting games! Having said that, there really are a lot of plus points to this latest version of the the LeapPad.
The LeapPad 2 Power is marketed as a learning tablet for children aged around 3-9 years of age. I think it is unlikely that the average 8 or 9 year old is going to want to still be using this. I would imagine that by then they would want a 'real' tablet. I do, however, think that the average 3-7 year old would still be interested in this.
The screen size is just right for a child of this age group. Any larger and the LeapPad 2 Power would be too big to comfortably hold for long. It is also surprisingly weighty, and my daughter prefers to rest it on her lap for this very reason. The unit is plastic, and feels quite sturdy. Thus far, having used it for over a month, it has not become damaged in any way that I can see. It is not scratched, or scuffed in any way, and I think that this indicates quite a child-friendly casing as standard.
This version finally has the rechargeable battery pack and AC adaptor! How on earth it has taken this long to incorporate it into the standard issue box is astounding. Parents do not want to be rushing out to buy new batteries every few hours, and by having the power pack in the standard issue set it saves the added hassle of trying to purchase an additional item alongside the LeapPad itself. You don't even have to remove the batteries to recharge the, as you would have to if you had invested in your own set of rechargeable batteries for it.
The LeapPad 2 Power has two cameras, one front-facing and the other rear-facing. This allows your child to use the camera and video camera functions, with ease. Being able to take pictures of herself proved hilarious to my daughter, so they have obviously responded to the features that young children love best. Pictures can be altered using art apps, and it gives your child a chance of editing photos at a small controlled level.
There are a real variety of different apps available for you to download for your child. Not all of them are as expensive as the ones you can purchase in a box, but none of them are particularly inexpensive. There are eBooks, games, videos, music, creativity, flash cards, and foreign language apps. There really are a myriad of choices available, and they all have an age rating to help you decide on the most appropriate for your child.
Overall, I cannot fault the fact that the LeapPad 2 Power can be used for fun and to aid your child's educational development. It is clearly something that will be greatly enjoyed by the average child, and can be altered, via new apps, to progress with your child. If the apps were just a little less costly, then I would wholeheartedly score it the full five out of five. Due to the cost of app purchases, however, I think it is only worthy of a four.
Very good closed tablet for children aged 3-9, but investigate the app costs before you purchase!