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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2005
I bought this for my 1 year old for Christmas. We took it out of the box and pulled out the "demo" tag (this tag makes the toy louder for in the store) for safety reasons. Well, my 1 year old who was infatuated with this toy when he could hear it (read: in the box) tossed it to the side and left it there because he couldn't hear it. I couldn't hear it either. I was about to send the POS back when I got the idea to shove the demo tag bag in and clip the end of it off, then cram the remainder of the tag in as far as it will go so my son couldn't pull it out and choke on it. It works great, now and it's one of his favorite toys. So, thanks Fisher Price for making a toy that only works properly with a choking hazard inserted into it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2004
Our 21 month old son is really into counting & saying the alphabet - the LCD on this phone shows the letters/numbers & says them. He loves seeing the letters & saying them with the phone. He also loves to dance to the song in the numbers setting. It is a great small sized toy to take with us - I try to keep it as a diaper bag toy (though he finds it & pulls it out at home) because it will entertain him for so long - which is really handy in restaurants or stores!! It is loud enough for him to hear, but quiet enough that people next to us don't have to listen to it. I would highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2006
My daughter received this phone for Christmas last year when she was 19 months old. Almost a year later, it is still one of her favorite toys. It speaks all the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-9 in a pleasant, easy-to-understand voice and plays snippets of popular children's and classical songs. There's a simple display that shows block letters in ABC mode, numbers in 123 mode, and animated patterns when the songs are played in Music mode.

What I like: This toy is very portable and has gone everywhere from the grocery store to restaurants to the mall. It's not so loud that it will disturb others in a public place, but it's not so quiet my daughter can't hear it well either. There's no volume control but I think it would be an unnecessary feature anyway. The phone is also very durable. It's been dropped on cement floors and blacktop parking lots and has emerged with hardly a scratch. Best of all, during the year I've had this toy I've only had to change the batteries once, and the switch is in the "on" position about 95% of the time.

What I'm not crazy about: The graphics are a little low-tech for the high-tech world we live in, but they clearly display numbers and letters for easy recognition. If the display was more advanced, it would probably eat up a ton of batteries, and the simple monochromatic graphics don't deter my daughter from playing with this toy every day. Saving on batteries is worth the lackluster display in my book.

We received an Elmo phone last Christmas, too, but the Laugh and Learn Phone is by far the better toy. It's helped my daughter learn her letters and numbers and has kept her entertained when we're out and about and at home without annoying the heck out of me like the Elmo phone does. I would recommend this phone to anyone with a child 18 mos or older.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2005
The Volume is awful!! But yes, I gave it four stars. Here's why! Before you take that "tag" out of the back of the phone, the volume is great. After you take the "tag" out, the volume lowers dramatically. It's ridiculous! Here is what to do. Sorry, I don't know terms, but hopefully you'll understand what I'm saying. I took all the screws out of the back of the phone and popped it apart. The front and the back are now only being held together by wire. On the back piece of the phone, there is a purple "piece" that has a wire running from it to the front of the phone. On this purple piece, you'll see a small black "piece" hanging down from it. This black piece can be pushed upward. If you'll look at the back of the phone, you'll notice that this is exactly the place where you take the "tag" out. I used a small flat head screw driver to push the black piece up and I inserted a small folded piece of paper with tape around the paper to keep it together. I'm talking a small piece of paper. I wedged it in there between the black piece and a "small white shelf" that is directly under the black piece and it brought the sound back. Now it works great. I don't know if it will lesson the life of the phone, but now at least it gets played with and enjoyed. If you at least take the phone apart and look in there, I am sure that you will understand everything I just said. It's easy, really! It only took me about 10 minutes. Hope it works for you, take care.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2005
I liked this toy for my 8 month old because it relates the pushed buttons (number or alphabet depending on the play mode) by visually showing them on the screen and audio ably saying them as there are shown; I thought what a great teaching tool.

When I got it home and opened I noticed the volume was not as loud as it was in the store, I thought it was broken. I was considering returning it, until I realized a manufacture's pull tab (located in the back beside the screw to open the battery door) had been automatically removed and decreased the volume.

I simply reinserted the tab, cut off the excess and taped up the opening. If you've already thrown away the tab anything you can make a 1½" to 2" long thin plastic strip from will work (a plastic milk jug).

Since I bought this for its visual effects I don't consider it a hold to her ear toy and I won't encourage her to use it that way, if as she gets older it becomes a problem, I'll re-adjust the volume. But for now my solution works for us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2005
I don't think this toy was a waste of money. I think there are better toys out there that hold their attention longer. I have 15 month-old triplets and only one of them really likes it. It doesn't hold the attention of the other two.

Durability-- well, my son likes the number 5, and pressed that a lot, and now all the letters have rubbed off that number. Other than that, it handles lots of throwing and banging and slobber no problems

Volume -- I agree that the volume is quite soft. If you read the instructions, it will tell you that it is designed to be soft for your baby's ears. The toy is meant to be held up to their ear and "talk" in it like a real phone. The volume is adequate, but I do wish it had a volume control, since my kids NEVER put it up to their ear (yet).

Overall I think it's great if you can get it on sale!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I got this phone because we have the learning home and there was an empty slot for the phone - I know consumerism - but anyway I thought my daughter would like it because she always wants to take the phone when I am talking on it and since it lights up and talks I figured she would leave my phone alone. Well, she likes it but it doesnt hold her attention for too long.

The phone says the numbers you press but in ABC mode it says the group of numbers the key represents. Not the best way to learn ABC's but maybe as she gets older and can recognize the letters on the light up screen it will be more meaningful.

Otherwise a cute phone - if you press it once and walk away it will ring to remind you to come play - then if it is still ignored it will happily say goodbye.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2005
Our daughter got this phone in her Easter basket. She LOVES the phone...corded, cell, cordless...any phone. We thought this would a good alternative to her playing with the deal. Well we were wrong! The thing is SO soft you can't even hear it most times! Then it doesn't sing the whole alphabet and it doesn't do all the numbers. But the biggest thing was she knew it was a fake and really wanted nothing to do with it. I think that was mainly becasue she couldn't hear it.

We ended up leaving this in our hotel room in Orlando when we were there on vacation a few weeks back and when the hotel called us about returning it to us, we told them clean it and add it to the toy bin in the daycare center. It wasn't worht the shipping charges to get it back to us!

We did find her a phone a few weeks ago. Its by Parents (the magazine people). It looks just like a real cell phone and it talks, beeps and plays music. Plus you can record a message for her to hear. She loves to hear her daddy during the day when he's at work and he loves comign up with new mesages to leave her each morning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2006
Neat toy, however, the volume is far too loud for a toddler to hold up to their ear. The volume is not adjustable, and is ideal for the child to hold like a video game or a book. I advice shutting the toy off when the child pretends to use the toy as a phone and talk to someone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This toy was usable in the box for demo purposes. And the volume was fine. When we got the toy out of the box the volume cut down so low that you can not hear it if the tv is even on in the same room. I changed the batteries and after reading the instructions, it stated that the volume would automatically reduce to lower volume after removed from the box for better enjoyment for children. And it has no other volume control. So unless the house is totally quiet you can not hear what the toy is saying. I am a strong lover of Fisher-Price and expected much better from them.
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