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LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System, Purple
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- Introducing Leapster Explorer—the next generation of Leapster learning
- The Leapster Explorer handheld features hi-res graphics on a bigger touch screen
- A powerful processor allows for action-packed gameplay and Leaplet learning app game, e-Book and video downloads
- An ever-expanding library of games goes beyond school skills, to creativity and life skills
- For use with LeapFrog Explorer only. Not compatible with any other LeapFrog System.
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LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System, Pink
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The next generation of Leapster with hi-res graphics, a stylus to practice writing, and a powerful processor that allows for action-packed gameplay and the ability to download games, e-Books, videos and more through LeapFrog's online Leaplet store.
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|Item Dimensions||14 x 5.9 x 1 in||1.77 x 0.46 x 1.25 in||11 x 2.25 x 10.5 in||5.38 x 0.62 x 6.38 in||10.6 x 2.6 x 13 in||5.1 x 0.95 x 7 in|
|Item Weight||14 lbs||1.6 ounces||0.94 lb||0.32 ounces||1.6 lbs||5.1 lbs|
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My biggest beef is with the built in advertising. First off, for every new user you create, the leapster goes through a minute long ad insidiously called the "connect movie" about playing online and downloading leaplets, telling the child "for your included game, ask your parents to connect your Leapster Explorer to your computer, now" and again at the end, "for great games and more on your Leapster Explorer, ask your parents to connect now." Gee, thanks LeapFrog, and since you only get one free game per toy, not per user, this isn't even accurate. Once you're done with that, you reach the main screen where your child can re-watch this "movie" as many times as they want by clicking what looks to be one of the game icons.
A second built in icon on the main screen really jumps out because the little pet you can create always starts out standing in front of it and it looks like a old movie reel. It's the first button my four year old taps each time she turns on the leapster. Guess what? Is it a game? No, of course not, it's just a bunch of trailers for different games and it looks like it's maybe going to be automatically updated with new trailers as new games come out. I'm guessing this because the narrator tells your child "It looks like you've got some new trailers to watch - play away!" in a super excited voice. Back to the question of "is it a game", if you set the filter in the top left corner to only show games, the "connect movie" does disappear but the trailers icon stays. LeapFrog, if you're reading this, please correct this! LeapFrog might think this is a good business model but this kind of marketing to kids just makes me want to walk away from any future LeapFrog products.
As for the games themselves, my daughter so far seems to like the Mr. Pencil game. As for the leaplet games, I agree with another poster that you wouldn't pay more than $1.99 for an iPhone app of similar quality vs the $7.50 that each one costs. In my opinion, the leaplet game Wheel Works isn't even worth a penny. What a waste of money.
All of that being said, the screen clarity is amazing, the interface is easily navigated by my four year old, and LeapFrog has the potential for an amazing product here. That's why I'm giving it a 2 instead of a 1. They just need to respect the fact that we've already spent $70 on the toy and $75 on three more cartridges and $22 on three leaplet games and don't want our children to be marketed to directly to buy more on the darn toy that we've already put $150+ into.
I bought this for my 2.5 yr/old. I realize she may be a bit young for this, but she's been obsessed with my iphone for the past few months (it's the only way to allow us to eat a decent dinner or to keep her happy for my drive home each day); but a phone is a phone, and she would sometimes make unexpected calls or move my icons around, so I finally decided she needs to get her own gaming system instead of playing w/the games on my phone.
On to the review:
--this unit is a bit thick and heavy to lug around. Since I need it to keep her happy in the car and in restaraunts, I would have to carry it in my purse everywhere we go, which means I can no longer carry a small purse.
--I read all the warnings from other reviews about plugging this to the computer, and I thought I'm savvy enough to bypass it...unfortunately, I fell victim as well...spent 3+ hours on it, went pass midnight, tried it on BOTH computers at home, and STILL this thing would NOT connect!! I kept getting the following errors:
1) can't detect/find your unit
2) you've been disconnected
I googled for answers, tried doing a tune up, turned off all firewalls, turned off all anti-virus - still to no avail
I have window 7 on one machine, and xp on another - same errors on both
finally took it to my parents house the next day, tried it on their computer, which runs on vista, got the same error, but somehow it did finish the tune up (which upgrades the hardware), and then the Leapster Connect App connected to the unit!! I was so excited, I actually jumped up and down and did a dance...
--Then I noticed you can't really download anything unless you have a leaplet code; the unit itself came with one free leaplet code, so I was able to download ONE thing..I had to pick and choose on what I think my kid really needed...finally settled on an e-book;
when I ordered the unit I didn't quite understand what leaplets were, but I went ahead and bought 2 anyways, which didn't arrive in the same shipment; so now I have 2 more leaplets to use...will have to decide what to get next...I now understand why people are complaining this thing can eat up a lot of money since one leaplet allows only 1 download of 1 item.
--I also bought the charger as I read it can eat up a lot of batteries as well. my thought on this is, the rechargable battery should have came with the unit (it came with the charger instead); why make us buy it separately and now what do we do with the part that holds the regular batteries?
--screen is clear, but a bit small, if the kids are going to be watching videos off of it...
--sound is ok;
--I like how the pen is attached to the unit via a cord so the chances of losing it is small...
will update later if I see any other issues.
so far so good. My 2.5 yr old is able to figure out the different buttons, she likes the built-in pet app and laughs hysterically when the cat meows.
I also bought the clickstart wireless keyboard system as well; will be doing a review on that also...
The Explorer has a nice bright screen which can also be adjusted along with the volume ,it also has a jack for headphones hook up. It would be wise to buy some protective plastic for the screen.
The operation of the game is very easy my son adopted to it quite easy and in a few minutes was manouvering through the aps quite easily.
There are however a few draw back to this system . The first is that this thing is a battery HOG! It eats batteries up in a few hours if you child is gonna spend alot of time on it. I will recommend getting the Charging dock for it .That way you can recharge it instead of buying batteries all the time .
My other problem is that in terms of getting the free aps for it is a pain ,i still have not gotten it set up as yet . I must admmit that Leapfrog website has not made this easy . And every time you turn it on it ask you to connect to you PC.
Overall my son like it and i guess thats whats important so i give the Explorer four Stars .
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