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Nice and practical, with one notable flaw
on January 3, 2013
This is a well-made, mildly-padded case to protect a LeapPad or LeapPad2 from scuffs, drops, and falls during transit, and it includes storage for up to 6 cartridge games. The zipper is of good quality with a nice large pull to help small children operate it.
Although the case has molded recesses to match the size/shape of the 6 cartridge games and the LeapPad device, only the cartridge slots have retention elastic sewn in. Unfortunately, there is no retention strap or elastic pocket to retain the LeapPad, and the molded recess is not deep enough to "snap" the device in for a friction fit. Consequently, when you open the case, you need to pinch the sides securely in your hands or hold it horizontally to retain the LeapPad. If not, it will drop right out because it rides loosely inside the case. I find that ironic and slightly disappointing because the purpose of the case is protection, yet the use of the case by small children will likely result in MORE drops/falls. If they're standing on carpet at the time, this won't really matter. But if they happen to be near hard furniture, tile, or concrete, it could eventually damage or ruin the device. If you can teach your child to lay it down on a table or floor while opening it, (or to hold it horizontally while unzipping) it may not be a concern. I just thought I should mention it. The problem could've been avoided if LeapFrog had simply sewn in an elastic strap, end pockets, or a fabric sleeve over the main device compartment.
The 6 cartridge slots work great and help keep the small cartridge games from getting lost. I also like that the case is not obnoxiously bulky, though it does add about an inch of extra height/length/depth to the size of the device. If they were going to improve the case, it would also be neat to have a space to hold four extra AA batteries for long trips/vacations. Regardless, it's a good value for $10 - $15.