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Great for younger children who have not been spoilt by an iPad or similar.,
This review is from: LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power (Green) (Toy)
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We had an original Leap pad which we bought for my daughter when they first came out and it was a huge success with her for a while, replacing the batteries became an issue though as we would pack it to take away on holiday then the batteries would run out after an hour and it was useless. The original leap-pad didn't come with any kind of ac adapter either, we had been sold a v tech one by the shop we brought it from and been assured it would work but it never did very well.
The leappad 2 power already has a big advantage therefore in coming with rechargeable batteries and a power pack so power is no longer an issue. My daughter was thrilled with the addition of a calendar that she can make notes of people birthdays in etc, makes her feel very grown up I think.
It has a front and back camera now rather than just back, it's still not great quality but enough for a child younger than 6 to be happy with. The video recorder was a big hit too.
The drawing studio is still quite sluggish and not very satisfying. There's a slight lag on the touch screen that just doesn't make it as enjoyable as it should be. This does not get used much.
I was very surprised how much she liked the music player, we bought an album from the Leappad store which is pretty rubbish covers of pop songs but she loves it and will disappear off to her room with headphones on to bop.
I have also had the Leap pad ultra to review which has a larger screen and wifi connectivity. I would definitely pay the extra money to have the Ultra over the Leap pad2 if possible. It was much easier to get going with everything downloading from my Leappad account as soon as I connected it to the wifi. You can put your own music on there so not dependent on Leap pad covers. It has kid safe Internet with selections of videos and things that have been screened by Leappad to be safe, she feels like she is on youtube but she's not. All the app can be bought directly from the tablet and downloaded without any need to connect to a computer.
In conclusion, I think the leap-pads are great for very young children but in my experience any children older than 6 who have had access to IPads or speedier android tablets are going to find the lag of loading and reduced touchscreen sensitivity frustrating.