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3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I would have purchased the Intelliglobe instead--here's why, March 30, 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I purchased this only to find out the hard way that the company still employs mainland Chinese politics. Namely, Taiwan is not labeled on the globe at all it is instead called out as Pacific Ocean a real loss. I wrote to customer service and they provided feeble reasons for their decision to omit Taiwan and they will not be changing that in future software updates. I understand that this is not an issue on the Intelliglobe. I would have returned the globe were it not for a jigsaw puzzle of packaging that was impossible to re-assemble after I unpacked it. Likely the only advantage for this product over intelliglobe is the fact that this product has a built-in table containing a pen activated map of the U.S. Now for the disadvantages that you would bypass if you purchase the Intelliglobe.
1. Intelliglobe has a bigger globe 12" instead of 9"
2. Intelliglobe features tactile raised elements for mountains
3. Intelliglobe has much more memory in the pen 1gB compared to 32mB
4. Intelliglobe seems to provide future updates freely whereas this model requires a $15 per year subscription after the first year
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2011 8:50:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2011 9:02:34 AM PST
A. Whittaker says:
This was among the BEST reviews I've read about this product because it compared this item with the Intelliglobe which is what I needed to make my decision. Based on this review, as well as others who pointed out other problems, i.e. Chinese politics re Taiwan, although I do realize that many countries do not recognize Taiwan as an intependent country, i.e. the U.S., I plan to purchase the Intelliglobe. Also, because the Intelliglobe offers the information in four languages, including French which my graddaughter is studying. Kudos to this reviewer for providing the comparison rating with Intelliglobe. from a Grateful Granny

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 10:21:33 PM PDT
sealyons says:
Yes, I agree that this was an excellent and highly informative review. I am also concerned about the fact that it does not indicate Taiwan (my wife is from there). However, what is seems to have vs the Intelliglobe is the option for Mandarin Chinese. Since my 5 yo is bilingual, she'd prefer to hear it in Mandarin (my daughter that is). If Intelliglobe offered Mandarin, I'd surely buy it.
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