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LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra/Ultra XDI  Kids' Learning Tablet, Green (styles may vary)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Leapfrog has always been one of the front runners when it comes to children's educational technology. Now they bring you their second generation children's tablet, the LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra. Unlike the previous Leapad, and Leappad 2, the Leappad Ultra truly in my opinion deserves the description "Tablet". Like all previous editions the tablet is touch screen compatible, it comes with one styluses (which is attached to the tablet itself), AC Adapter, and a LeapFrog USB adapter so that you can connect it to your PC and download applications directly from the Leapfrog Server Website as well as charge the Tablet itself.

The tablet is medium-lightweight and easy for a child or adult to carry from place to place. It is backwards compatible with all Leapfrog Explorer cartridge games as well as most original Leappad downloads (I don't believe the micromods work with the Leappad Ultra) . The Leapfrom Downloads are extremely child friendly and great for any child ages 3-10. My 6 year old daughter absolutely loves this and plays it a couple hours a day, as well as my 3 year old son. This has not only increased both of my children's vocabulary but has taught my daughter how to trace letters and now she's writing very well as well as improved her addition and subtraction.

I absolutely love this as an extra educational aid, and now they've finally fixed my one big issues with the previous models which was the constant use of batteries. The Leappad Ultra like an Ipad or Android Tablet can easily be plugged into your computer to charge or use the AC adapter. There is also a Car Charger which you can purchase separately for educational fun on the go!. When fully charged will last up to 9 hours which is plenty of time for educational fun.

So what's the difference between the Leappad 2 and the Ultra? Well The Leappad 2 and Ultra both come with front & back cameras/video recorders, however the Leappad 2 has 4gb of memory versus the 8 gb you get with the new Leappad Ultra. Also the New Ultra has kid Safe Wifi powered by the Zui network which is limited to kid friendly topic and interests. The Ultra also has upgraded the screen to a new 7 inch HiDef 1024x600 as well as improved the processor/computing speed. Everything else is exactly the same.

As a bonus Leapfrog gives you 11 free apps 10 are per-installed and 1 you get to choose from when you register your device.

So if your kids loved the original Leappad and you're thinking about upgrading and wondering if it's worth it the answer is a Definite Yes! And if you're new to the Leappad this is definitely the one to invest in your kids, nephews, nieces grandchildren will love it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
Ultra is a great way to have kids learn safely. They get all the good stuff without the risks associated with the internet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 26, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
It amazes me that kids can have a toy that has far more memory than my first computer. Technology is advancing in leaps every year too, so this LeapPad Ultra is the newest version Leap Frog has to offer for children's tablets. The tablet seems study enough for kids and has a whopping 8 GB of storage!

I agree with the other reviewers that more programs should have been included with this tablet. Considering my first Nintendo cost a lot less than this tablet and that it came with a game, it is a little disappointing. There is enough to keep busy for a little while on here, but probably not enough for any long term use (unless your kids are really into taking photos). Despite that, I would say this would make a nice high-end gift as kids love technology.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
We own the original LeapPad and the LeapPad 2, and a couple of weeks ago LeapPad sent us a LeapPad Ultra to try out. It is light years ahead of its predecessors! I feel like Leapfrog actually listened to the feedback they received from parents, because they have addressed many of the issues that I had with the previous versions of the LeapPads:

1) Rechargeable battery -- I have been wanting this for ages! Finally, we don't have to spend a fortune on AA batteries after my kids' marathon sessions. Yes, the battery does add to the weight of the unit, but it's a small price to pay.

2) Bigger screen -- I love the bigger screen (7 inch versus 5 inch for the earlier versions) because kids don't have the fine motor control to navigate smaller screens.

3) Wifi capability -- Having wifi makes the LeapPad Ultra even more like mommy's and daddy's tablet, so they spend more time on their own tablet and less time on mommy's and daddy's :) I do think the kid-safe browser is too restrictive, though. I really wish parents could add individual websites to a "safe list". If that website happens to link to another site that is not on the "safe list", the link should not work. Easy Peasy! Hopefully Leapfrog will address this in future versions.

4) Peer to peer gaming -- My boys love playing tic-tac-toe and racing games with each other on their separate LeapPad Ultras. Again, this makes the LeapPad Ultra a lot more like a gaming console, so kids will still be playing with the LeapPad Ultra at an older age.

I do agree with other reviewers, the app loading time can be quite slow -- but then again, it was slow on the previous versions too. All in all, I think this is a great investment. Keep the kids off your tablets by giving them their own LeapPad Ultra!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
I'm totally in love with the new LeapPad Ultra. My kids think it is super cool. I love the wifi and safe videos. The art lessons are great. We've also had a lot of fun with the racing game that you can play with a friend (who also has the same device). Really cool... I'd buy it again in a heartbeat!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
We upgraded from the LeapPad 1 and I have to say, it is such a great upgrade. One thing I love is that i no longer have to change the batteries every few days. :) The best part is that my kids can still play the games that I bought from the App Store. I really hope these last as long as their original LeapPads.
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
Hello Brooke!

We would suggest making sure you have the latest firmware updated, once updated this should help with any issues you are experiencing with tilting your device.

To check the firmware version on your LeapPad Ultra:

1. Power on the LeapPad Ultra.
2. At the bottom of the "Sign In" screen, click the blue icon of a parent and child.
3. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit Parent Lock code to access Parent Mode. Enter your code.
4. This will bring you to the Parent Settings menu.
5. On the Parent Settings screen, click the "System Info" icon.
6. The LeapPad Ultra's firmware version will be the 6th line down. The current firmware version is 5.1.3.846 or higher.


If your firmware version is below 5.1.3.846, you can use these steps to update the firmware:

Using LeapFrog Connect

1. On your PC or Mac, install the LeapFrog connect application for LeapPad from www.leapfrog.com/connect
2. Launch the LeapFrog Connect application
3. Power on and connect the LeapPad Ultra to your computer using the included USB cable
4. On the LeapFrog Connect home screen, click the "Go" button beneath your child's profile name
5. Click the "Settings" tab on the top right corner of the LeapFrog Connect application
6. Click the "Check for Updates" button
7. When the update is complete, eject your LeapPad Ultra

If this does not help, or if you would like any assistance in this process please feel welcome to reach out to our Customer Support team, they're at support@leapfrog.com or 1-800-701-5327 M-Th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST and Fri.: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST.

Thanks for your review!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2014
Color Name: PinkProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
To be completely honest, we bought it for our 5 year old for Christmas...oops!...Santa gave it to her for Christmas. Her old Innotab was shot to pieces, as slow as an 80 year old crossing the street and didn't have near the options this one did. We were happy to make the switch given the optional space, the cameras, the video and wifi options, etc. The videos are kid friendly and she finds them hilarious.

We didn't expect it to dance or do tricks but just entertain her on trips to the store so it curbs the need for me to want to sell her to any passing stranger when she gets out of hand on rare occasions (apparently shock collars on children are still frowned upon).

Anyway, it has a wide selection of apps to play with. If your child is not so great at keeping track of their games or ocd like mine and thinks everything needs to be clean so "hey lets clean the cartridges in the sink", I recommend you buy digital downloads of whatever games you like from the LP website. They have a wide variety that stores don't carry and they aren't very expensive.

All joking aside, my child loves it and gets a lot of use out of it regardless of how well we as parents like it. We did have a little trouble with it not turning on sometimes after charging it but ***if you hold down the power button and home button at the same time for 10 seconds*** it should fix the problem without resetting anything.

Also, check for naked pictures...kids are really sneaky...lesson learned. The only reason I give it 4 stars out of 5 is because it does have some known issues with turning on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
Color Name: PinkProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free PackagingVerified Purchase
My daughter is in the first grade and needs some extra support with literacy and math. She's in the Disney Princess phase and I thought how great would it be to have her be able to practice literacy and math in a fun princess app. I searched and searched on itunes but was underwhelmed. I finally discovered the Disney learning apps for Leapfrog. I read customer reviews and realized the LeapPad Ultra (which is what I bought) was not really the greatest product for various reasons (slow Wi-Fi, slow everything, bad screen resolution), but I though OK, I'm going to take a chance just so she can play the princess learning apps because they seem to be so great. I got the device 2 nights ago, downloaded 3 princess apps (Ariel math game, Disney princess pop up stories, Tinkerbell math game) and tested them out beforehand. $150 later, I can tell you DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

Not only is the device less than impressive (nothing compared to the ipad), the apps are AWFUL. They are slow, confusing, and many moves only work with the stylus. I couldn't believe it after the previews online seemed so great. I am getting her some DIsney ebooks for ipad and some of the other great non-Disney learning apps.

In a nutshell, I tried, but it was NOT WORTH IT. I am returning the LeapPad; unfortunately Leapfrog doesn't accept returns on apps, so I am out of $50.. This is a Disney + Leapfrog racket designed to make money off cheap products.

Stay with the ipad and work with the apps that are available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2015
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
So much better investment for your child than the free apps on your phone. I had scoured all the free or low cost phone apps trying to find educational games for my son. Most of them require you to spend money when you get past the basic 1 or 2 levels. The phone apps don't "walk" you through the process. You have to keep instructing your child how to play each level of each game. The leapfrog games and apps verbally walk your child through all the instructions... talking to your child, explaining what is required for each step. It explains what you did wrong if you choose the wrong answer. It combines an education of a subject with game playing and if you "pass" that you get to play the game. We own approximately 30 games now and I can honestly say each $2-15 game/app that I bought has been totally worth it. My son has learned more about math and reading, science and geography, space and exploration, health and hygiene, recycling and the planet than any other device or game or movie that I have ever bought. If you want to be cheap and don't care about your child's education than stick to the free phone apps and hope that he doesn't see porn sites advertisement that has popped up on several occasions on those games. If you want your child to be fully engaged, learning and having genuine fun...get the pad. It is like having a tutor for your child for a lot less money. I whole heartedly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
Color Name: GreenProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
My 5 year old received this for Christmas from his grandparents. In general I think it's a pretty good pad for younger kids.

Pros: very easy for my son to use, very easy for me and my husband to figure out, wifi works great, very easy for parents to purchase and install games, allows parents to use a password so child cannot buy games on their own, allows you to buy games online or in cartridges, apps are educational and make my son think a little bit, stylus is attached to the pad and tucks into the side so it can't be lost.

Cons: some apps are expensive ($25, typically these tend to be the name brand - Disney, Nickelodeon), camera is awful (son has no complaints, though), games/apps don't seem to download when another app is opened.

All in all I think it's a good product for younger kids. If my son was 8 or older I would probably have preferred an iPad. I also think this product will prove to be more durable than the iPad, which is great since kids tend to be destructive. I have had no issues with this product as of now and getting it up and running was very easy (aside from the in-laws' internet router kicking out all the time!). I recommend buying the hard case for it, which holds 6 cartridges and another stylus. It does come with a gel case, but I don't think I would want to travel anywhere without the hard case.
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