LeapFrog Epic 7" Android-based Kids Tablet 16GB, Green
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- The most advanced Android-based tablet from LeapFrog, the Epic is uniquely designed to grow with your child and ignite endless learning and creative play. Designed for children 3-9 years old.
- Excite your kids with a virtual world they create on the LeapFrog Epic 7" Tablet. Manage what, when and how long each child plays with best-in-class parents controls for up to 3 profiles.
- Exclusive to LeapFrog, the LeapFrog Epic 7" Tablet includes Just for Me Learning technology that personalizes select games to challenge kids as they grow.
- Dive into over 20 kid-favorite android apps and the world-class kid-safe web with the LeapSearch browser. Easily add websites to your Epic tablet as your child matures.
- This tablets durable design is complete with a shatter-safe LCD screen and protective bumper for everyday drops and bumps. Includes a powerful quad-core processor, robust 16GB memory, vivid 2MP cameras and more!
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From the manufacturer
- Removable bumper
- Shatter-safe, 7" multi-touch capacitive screen, 1024x600 resolution
- OS based on Android 4.4
- 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
- 16GB memory with expandable SD card port
- Dual cameras for pictures and videos
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/h
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery
- 20+ apps (Wi-Fi, device setup and account required to access included content)
Explore. Play. Imagine. Create.
From the #1 kids' tablet brand*, the LeapFrog Epic is our most advanced Android-based kids' tablet, designed to grow with your child for endless learning and creative play. Access exclusive LeapFrog learning games, hand-picked popular Android apps, and the first interactive homescreen that lets kids create their own custom tablet-while building their skills and imagination.
Kid-safe out of the box, our full-featured Android-based tablet includes parent controls that make it easy to expand the kid-appropriate web, download new apps and manage play time as your child grows. (Games and apps sold separately. Device not compatible with LeapFrog cartridges.)
*The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service; Kids Tablet and Preschool Electronic Learning subclasses combined (non-licensed); units, annual 2017.
Age-Appropriate Android Apps
Kids can explore favorite age-appropriate Android apps such as Fruit Ninja Academy, Math Master and Doodle Jump (sold separately). Each app is LeapFrog certified to ensure there are no in-app purchases or third-party ads.
Kid-Safe Web Browser
Out of the box, kids can use the LeapSearch browser to access only preloaded, kid-safe web content. Easily add websites for school or discovery, or unlock a full web browser as your child gets older.
Using best-in-class controls, manage what, when and how long each child plays for up to three profiles. For example, you can set 45 minutes for fun learning apps and 30 minutes for select videos.
Design an Interactive Home Screen
Introducing the first interactive home screen that captivates kids in a world of their own imagination. Children can create and explore their own town, add animated characters and express their personality with art styles that reflect their age and mood.
Customizable Home Screen
Daily Learning Surprises
Discover the first tablet experience that kids can create as they play, for endless possibilities that grow with your child. Designed specifically for kids ages 3-9 years old, the LeapFrog Epic tablet offers powerful features and a one-of-a-kind world for exploration, play and learning.
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 3.5 x 7.25 in||1.36 x 7 x 4.53 in||4.8 x 7.09 x 0.3 in||0.81 x 5.12 x 8.27 in||5.1 x 7.48 x 0.6 in|
|Item Weight||1.41 lbs||0.7 lb||0.6 lb||1.02 lbs||0.9 lb|
|Native Resolution||1024 x 600||800 x 480||1024×600||1024 X 600||1280x800|
|Operating System||Android 4.4||Android 4.4 KitKat||Android 5.1||Android 4.4 KitKat||Android|
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Top customer reviews
I have seen previous generation of Leapfrog tablets at retail stores but I could not justify buying one for my (7 and 4 yo) kids. I always found the previous generation Leapfrog tablets to be overpriced because they were a locked ecosystem with very limited (and overpriced) apps/games.
Enter Epic: Although the titles offered by Leapfrog from their own store are still limited and somewhat overpriced (with compared with the Android/iOS app stores in general), it is not a locked system anymore. This tablet runs Android and Leapfrog has made the right decision to allow their customers to sideload Android apps of their choice. In fact, Leapfrog reps are actively suggesting people to sideload apps when answering questions here on Amazon’s product page. This opens the door for this tablet to be much more useful than the previous generation model. So if you have had this fear like I did that you are buying a locked, proprietary system, with Epic, you do not have to worry about it anymore. I can easily sideload apps directly from Amazon’s Android Appstore or another Android device from which you have access to the Google Play store or even install apk files directly from the Internet (which I will not recommend doing).
I consider myself a gadget freak and I was not expecting to like this tablet as much as I did. This tablet and its ecosystem are well designed for kids. This is one of the few tablets I have seen on the market that are truly designed for kids. Many of the kids tablets in the market are the tablets that were designed for adults but later repurposed for kids with barely more than just a parental lock and a few kids’ apps. Let me explain what I mean by that. Amazon’s Fire for Kids Edition is just a Kindle Fire with the FreeTime app and the upgraded accidental warranty. There is nothing special about the tablet or its ecosystem that makes it unique for kids. Amazon did not go out and design a custom tablet OS for kids. This is what makes Leapfrog leap ahead of most other kids tablets in the market.
Let me elaborate more on what I mean by “a tablet OS designed for kids”. The home screens on most tablets (namely Android or iPads) are boring for most kids. They usually have nothing more than a background image (some animated ones) with several rows of app icons plastered across that boring background. Leapfrog Epic has an interactive home screen that was designed for kids. It shows a city street (like the Sesame Street) with interactive objects. When kids are not in an app, they can still find the tablet interesting to play with. The city changes from daytime to nighttime based on the time of the day. Not only that, the weather in the city changes to the weather in your location based on what you select as your city in the weather app. Very smart! This is really unique and I have not seen on any other tablet OS designed so intelligently for kids.
Let me list some of the things that I really like about this tablet, followed by what I don’t like.
What I Really Like About Leapfrog Epic:
1. Ability to easily sideload Android apps.
2. Custom Android OS designed from the ground up for kids. This is not just another Android tablet with app icons all over the screen.
3. Multiple individual profiles for kids. (Also see #1 under What I Do Not Like About Leapfrog Epic)
4. Great parental controls. Customization is more granular than I have seen in other parental controls. You can really customize it. For example, you can completely block the web browser from the younger kid’s profile while allowing the older kid to visit select few websites. You can set time limits for individual activities. For example, how many minutes/hours of web browsing, how many minutes/hours of videos, etc. Very smart!
5. There are some really great educational games and apps available through Leapfrogs app store. I ended up buying over $50 worth of educational apps and games. If I think of them as “apps”, I find them expensive but when I think of them as well-designed educational app, I could easily justify spending on education. The apps really help with math and reading skills.
What I Do Not Like About Leapfrog Epic:
1. Although there are individual profiles you can set, there is no option to set a password or PIN for each profiles. What I wanted to do was set a PIN for my older kids profile so the younger kid is not able to accidentally pick that. Currently, the tablet presents the two child profiles and allows the kid to select one of them without any further prompts.
2. Apps and games are limited and expensive. As another reviewer pointed out, a $20 gift card from Leapfrog currently discounted and selling on Amazon for under $14 can save you some money. But the apps in general are more expensive.
3. This may be an issue with the tablet I received, but at least four times, I could not power it on after leaving it to charge overnight. I kept the power button pressed while removing the bumper to make sure the button is pressed but still got nothing on the screen. So I thought that maybe it did not charge and I plugged in the USB cable and tried to power it on. Lo and behold it started loading. Once it was fully started, I could see that the battery was fully charged. I am not sure why it is happening and if others are seeing the same.
As I mentioned at the start of my review, here’s a comparison with Amazon Fire tablet:
*** Similarities with the Fire tablet ***
• 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 screen resolution.
• Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
• 1GB of RAM
• Front and back cameras
• Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
• Bluetooth support
*** Differences with the Fire tablet ***
✘ Epic: Capacitive Touchscreen.
✔ Fire: IPS Display with polarizing filter.
✔ Epic: 16 GB built-in storage.
✘ Fire: 8 GB built-in storage.
✘ Epic: MicroSD support for up to 32 GB card.
✔ Fire: MicroSD support for up to 128 GB card.
✘ Epic: 1-Year limited warranty.
✔ Fire: 2-Year worry-free warranty.
So there you have it. This is a great tablet for your kid(s). I think the price (currently at $120) is about right for the specs. You’re not buying just a device but an Android-based OS that is well-designed for kids. I will be sure to update this review as this tablet gets used more in my family.
*** UPDATE 12/11/2015 ***
List of Apps that I could not install (sideload) on Leapfrog Epic:
⛔ Amazon FreeTime
⛔ YouTube Kids
We saw your update on the Weather App and wanted to clarify its functionality. To sync the weather in the Weather App to your interactive home screen you will need to ensure the "Sync" button (circular arrows) on the right hand side of the screen in the Weather App is highlighted orange. You can use the weather stickers available to temporarily change it for fun as well.
Thanks for the awesomely detailed and helpful review!
Everything that's great about the Epic is ruined by one thing: DRM. We bought tons of videos (generally at $10+ a piece) that carried over to the Epic but unlike on the LP3 which could reside in my car for weeks at a time, the Epic has some outrageous DRM scheme that requires it to connect to the internet at least once every 2 or 3 days. Every video we try to open says "Aquire DRM Info Failed" or "DRM License Corrupt" and the only remedy is to attach the thing to wifi and then open each video so it can validate its DRM, then you're good for maybe a day or two. This doesn't help when you're driving in the car and have a toddler upset because all the content on the device is locked out due to DRM. The real kicker is it actually starts playing the video then brings up the DRM lockout notice, that makes for a fabulous situation with a young kid.
Overall this device is great from a hardware and interface perspective but if you're going to charge the kind of money that Leapfrog charges for content then you need to drop the DRM or at least have the timeout last more than 2 or 3 days. If it wasn't necessary for the same content on the LeapPad3, why is it necessary on the Epic?
This Epic device appears to have the best of all worlds - access to the Leapfrog content but also supposedly the ability to download apps from Amazon's appstore (including apps like Netflix - although this is according to the Leapfrog promotional material and I haven't figured out how to do it yet - although I also haven't tried very hard. I will call Leapfrog support and try my hardest and update this with my results in a few days). Right now (day 1) it's a little bit sluggish between screens, but that could be because I'm still downloading some apps. I also find it a little tricky to scroll through the app center without accidentally adding an item to my cart -- very sensitive screen, almost to a fault. The Epic can also be used as a true tablet if you adjust the parental controls. My daughter actually loved the Leapfrog Platinum -- she loved being able to design her own profile and the stylus. The Epic's profile is so much more exciting to design and has all the strengths of the Platinum but since it runs on a modified android system, it seems less buggy already and the apps loaded so much more quickly.
One weird thing is that the same apps take up so much more memory on the Epic than on its predecessors - 4x the amount in most instances! So you'll definitely need a memory card - the one main drawback so far. The device feels much more like a real tablet than the leappads - looks sleeker and is lighter. The green case is nice too, but my 5 year old is desperate to tear it off... There aren't a ton of apps available for the Epic yet, but I'm sure in about a month they will have all the Leapfrog content on there. I downloaded 6 apps about 20 minutes ago though and I had to shut the device off and reboot before they loaded, so I'm a little worried about that. Oh! The charger is different. It's a blackberry type charger (the skinnier longer type rather than the standard leapfrog kind).
How does this compare to an iPad or a Kindle Fire? To me, the iPad is much better if you can afford it (or steal your mom's, like I do...haha) - but my daughter seems to truly prefer the Leapfrog products (possibly due to the novelty and the feeling that it is hers). I have a Kindle Fire and really love that (although it's not as easy to type on as the iPad). My daughter loves it too and she goes directly to the "kid safe" app area - not b/c I tell her to, but b/c she loves it! - and I love that for the $4/month we have unlimited access to changing kids' apps for her age. If we could only have one - the Epic or the kindle - I think I would pick the Epic if it was just for my child and cost was not an issue (but I'm on the fence here), but the Kindle if we were going to share a device or if I wanted to have a ton ton ton of apps for less money (but forfeiting the chance to download Leapfrog content). My favorite part of the Epic? I love the home screen. So does my daughter. If you use the promo codes and buy the half off app gift cards...and wait a few months for more content to be available... I think this is a safe bet (assuming we really can access the Amazon appstore on it), but that your child will be just as happy with a Kindle (and your credit card might be happier). :). Update: we just went on an 8 hour drive and my daughter played with it the whole time...giggling and so happy. She loves it so much and really enjoys the home screen which she can design herself. I had mentioned that there was some sluggishness between screens above, but that seems to have cleared up now that the apps are installed. Totally happy with this and highly recommend.