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Leapster 2 has more educational content than new Leapster Explorer,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System, Green (Toy)My 3 year old son got this about two months ago, I agree with other reviews that say this toy is amazing, better graphics, the screen sensitivity is higher and the kids are drawn by this new leapster explorer, you can download applications very similarly than on an Iphone and your kids gets to read books that are already out on TAG. However, there is no camera like they had said there would be, there are endless commercials every time your child turns on the leapster explorer and the games are less educational than those leapfrog currently has on the market for leapster 2. Furthermore, the leapster explorer is more expensive than the Leapster 2 and the games are too pricey for the little educational content they provide. Educationally wise Leapster 2 is still the best choice out there, why do I say this? Well if you compare the games of leapster 2 (which I own all of them), to the games available for leapster explorer you will come to the conclusion that leapster 2 games has much better content for children ages 4 -8, even the older games for plain first generation leapster are more educationally inclined than the leapster explorer ones. Vocabulary wise, reading wise, math wise and simply on every scholastic level they seem to have better examples, better skill development, and create a better foundation for skills that every child needs to develop later in their educational life (such as algebra, science, etc). The Leaspter 2 also has the benefit of fewer commercials or need to be buying new games to develop a new skill. My main concern with leapster explorer, it seems that leapfrog has decided to put their marketing and money making ambitions above learning expectations. The games are fun YES, the kids will love this toy YES, but your child will not learn as much as he or she would with the leapster 2. I understand that leapfrog is a business and they need to make money, but this new toy is targeted to make our children learn to ask and ask for the next game.
****Update: This toy breaks easily, my leapsters 2 are still working and running and I bought them over a year ago. But no, not my leapster explorers which were bought this june they are both now not working!!! One has a screen broken because my son dropped it (which happens with kids their age 4 and 3). The other is just not turning on at all. I called leapfrog and talked to several people from customer service and they told me to basically buy another one, the warranty doesn't cover it since its more than 90 days from the day of purchase. For such expensive toys I expected better warranty.
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Initial post: Sep 1, 2010 3:59:22 PM PDT
I haven't bought the explorer yet but my looking at the previews of the games...I too thought the leapster games seem more educational than the explorer ones. thanks for your review on that.
Posted on Oct 28, 2010 12:19:19 PM PDT
Thank you for your honest review. I have a 4 year old and was trying to decide between the Leapster 2 and the Explorer for Christmas. I noticed in the store that the Leapster 2 seemed to have far more games for his age range and was leaning toward the Leapster 2 because of that. I thought I might be missing out on something by not choosing the new system, but it sounds like that is not the case - thanks again for the feedback!
Posted on Nov 8, 2010 3:40:12 PM PST
S. Ryan says:
Great review, thank you. I have a question, do you think that the Leapster 2 will be discontinued soon since they have just brought out the Explorer?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2010 8:33:58 PM PST
As far as I know they are NOT going to discontinue leapster 2.
I don't know for sure since I don't work for leapfrog, but from what I am reading online it is NOT likely that they will discontinue leapster 2 since their sales are still up even after the explorer came out, so it would be a bad business strategy I think to discontinue something they are selling well. Leapfrog is also trying to sell Leapster Explorer hard, they will be giving significant discounts on the EXPLORER this Christmass on retailers like Wal Mart and Target, how low will they go I was told by a Target employee 49.99 for a weekend. They are doing this with the system but not the games in an effort to make money from the sale of the games. Leapster Explorer was predicted to be a huge hit, but so far it has not sold as much as they had originally predicted. Leapfrog is still pushing hard to sell this new toy well and I am sure that eventually they will either improve LEAPSTER EXPLORER 2 or will address the concerns of parents that are objecting to it by making the games less comercial and more educational.
Posted on Dec 1, 2010 7:17:30 AM PST
E. Collum says:
THANK YOU for this review. My 4 yr old has the Leapster2 and I was looking for additional games and the docking station for it and saw the Explorer ...... for a minute I thought maybe we should upgrade but we enjoy the Leapster2 and after reading the reviews and especially yours, I think we are satisfied customers with the Leapster2. I always get worried that they will discontinue them but ugh it seems like as soon as you buy there is something else ... THANKS!!!
Posted on Jan 2, 2011 5:54:11 PM PST
Laurena L. Smith says:
I waffled between the Leapster 2 and the Explorer and went with the Explorer. I bought it in August and it made it just past the three month warranty mark before it quit working completely. I made the assumption that such a big-name, expensive toy would have a "normal" year warranty like most items, but it turn out that LeapFrog doesn't have much faith in their product -- for good reason. I'm so irritated with them, that I really don't want to buy anything else from them. Anyone have better luck with a similar product from another company?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 10:28:36 PM PST
I wondered that too since I see they have made some games for the explorer that are on the leapster 2 already...hope they don't discontinue the leapster 2 though. I actually have the original leapsters that don't connect to the computer, I don't like the computer connect toys.
Posted on Feb 3, 2011 5:59:46 AM PST
See the LeapFrog Parent's Support Forum located below, Then you will understand what you're really getting.
Also see my blog for instuctions on how to disable the Leapster Explorers Advertising, Pet Pad and Data Collection functions,
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2011 5:25:36 PM PST
I am not interested in the explorer at all anymore. It is just bad quality and very little educational content. Honestly, I wish I had never spent my money on them. I recently found out that other parents at my kids school here in Houston also had their explorers stop working with no good reason (they weren't even dropped as they told me). One of them was told by leapfrog customer service that leapster explorer is not built to last forever!!! That just makes me mad. I honestly don't want to buy from a company that will not back their EXPENSIVE product.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2011 7:00:07 AM PST
D. clapper says:
When we were looking for a new system for my 3 y.o. son we decided not to go witha leapfrog product for the first time. We upgraded my older son and my niece from the lmax ( still have works great) to the didj was the biggest mistake ever. We invested well ovwr $400 in both systems with the system games and the charging docks and cases. One child would not touch the system and the other never worked correctly and both of them needed (tune ups constatnly(hooked up to the computer which did not work)). We ended up purging both systems and getting both the ds lite which are both going strong with no sign of bordem yet 3yrs later(there are educational games for it) they are 9 and 10.
My son got the mobigo for his 3rd birthday and it worked right out of the box and he loves it so much we have to limit his time on it. This is our first vtech product and will likely be the last toddler system we will be investing in unless these toy companies step it up. We more than likely will pass one of our ipod touch's to him in a otterbox. With free to .99 games a rechargable battery and additional benefits of movies music and pictures and books all one device this would be the better bang for my buck.