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VTech InnoTab 3S Kids Tablet, Blue
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- Display uses Landscape orientation
- 4 GB of internal memory storage
- Improved 2.0 MP camera with enhanced photo features similar to the Kidizoom camera
- Micro SD card slot for memory expansion
- Kid Connect communication app allows secure communication between a child's InnoTab and a parent's smartphone.To charge the batteries, place the batteries inside product than charge them by plugging the unit into the wall outlet or computer.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Open up a World of Learning Fun!
InnoTab 3S, The Wi-Fi Learning Tablet, offers a wealth of fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids on their very own learning tablet! InnoTab 3S includes Wi-Fi, providing a bunch of new ways to play and learn. The rechargeable battery pack (a $34.99 value) that comes with the InnoTab 3S lets kids play for up to 9 hours of fun learning.
Parents can download more than 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos developed specifically for each child's unique stage of development, as well as their age and interests. The broad library of subjects includes reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, problem solving and so much more! Starting with activities suitable for toddlers and expanding to gradeschoolers, VTech’s Learning Lodge gives every child an opportunity to expand their learning potential while keeping them entertained.
Kid-safe internet browser with VTech pre-selected and parent-approved websites and secure Wi-Fi connectivity, 5" color touch screen, E-Reader and Story Dictionary, MP3 Player, 4 GB on-board memory, Memory expandable up to 32GB with micro SD card (sold separately), 180° 2.0 MP rotating camera / video recorder, Wonder Cam with over 55 photo effects, 20 total Apps included: Art Studio, Magical Bean Stalk game, H2O Go! Game, calculator, clock, calendar, friends list, notes and more.Plus, the microphone and new D-pad offer even more ways to play. The box includes a Rechargeable Battery Pack and AC Adaptor (a $34.99 value) and 2 styluses.
Browse the Web
Kid-safe web browsing is just a touch away with pre-selected and parent-approved websites, allowing even more learning fun.
Connect and Share
Using InnoTab 3S, kids can send and receive texts and stickers with VTech Kid Connect Basic, to and from iPhones and Android smart phones. Kids can also stay connected to their friends with tablet-to-tablet communication, allowing them to send messages safely between two InnoTab 3S tablets.
Make a Wish
Wish List Maker lets kids wirelessly explore hundreds of games, e-books, videos, music and more on VTech’s Learning Lodge and send their favorite picks right to mom or dad's email. Apps download wirelessly right to the InnoTab 3S after purchase by parent.
180 Degree Rotating Camera
With the 180 degree rotating camera and video recorder, kids can take pictures and make amazing videos with the 2.0 MP camera with enhanced photo features. With the Wonder Cam your child can take silly pictures of themselves or their friends! Create funny faces, or decorate your picture with over 55 photo effects including picture frames and fantasy effects. Use the D-pad controller, and talk into the microphone for enhanced and interactive game play.
Packed with Apps
InnoTab 3S includes: E-Reader- Go on reading adventures as stories come to life with interactive e-books, Create Your Own MP3 Playlist (Music not included. Sold separately), Calendar, Clock and Notes, Friends List - Keep track of birthdays and contact information, Read, Play & Create Cartridge with 3 apps, What’s That Noise?, H20 GO! Game, Color and Pop Creative Activity
The included Rechargeable Power Pack makes it easier than ever to recharge your InnoTab 3S! The charging takes place inside the system, so there's no need to remove the batteries. The Rechargeable Power Pack also includes an AC adaptor. It's never been more convenient to keep your child's InnoTab powered up for hours of learning fun!
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- Both have the same screen size (2 ½" x 4 ½"), or 5" if you're measuring diagonally.
- Both require 4 AA batteries (not included).
- Both use a stylus.
- Both have a cartridge port for additional games, and uses purchased apps.
- Both have an age requirement of 3-9 years. VTech's Amazon page says 4-9 years, but the box and VTech's website state 3-9 years.
- Both have a camera.
- Both have additional accessories you can buy like gel skins, cases, rechargeable batteries, ac adapters, and headphones. UPDATE: the InnoTab doesn't have a gel skin accessory, just a screen guard you can purchase. LeapPad you can purchase both separately.
- Both can be personalize for up to 4 players.
- Both have eReaders, MP3 Players (InnoTab's is free, LeapPad's is an additional $3.75 through their App store), art studio, and most of your basic themed books and games.
- Both have a mic and volume control.
- Some people like to creatively take the tablets out of the box for setup before handing to a child as a gift. LeapPad2 was a bit difficult, but doable. The InnoTab2 is a bit more of a challenge; just use sharp scissors to break the tape and fold out the box carefully.
- Both have a parent tracker that allows parents to track their child's progress and success playing a game.
HOW ARE LEAPPAD2 AND INNOTAB2 DIFFERENT?
- The LeapPad2 is smaller. Actually it looks like with InnoTab2 they were the same size, but they surrounded it with an additional ¼" layer of decorative plastic with rubber corners to help protect it from a fall. For small hands I find it cumbersome. Plus it makes the screen appear smaller. But I do like the rubber corners.
- The LeapPad2 has a front and back camera, but the InnoTab2 has only one camera that rotates (creative idea!)
- The battery compartment on the InnoTab is easily accessible. Just slide a switch and it opens the compartment. I prefer LeapPad's more secure sliding feature. But if you're using a gel skin on either that helps prevent access.
- The LeapPad2 only comes with one stylus, the InnoTab2 comes with two; always a plus in case you loose or break one. The InnoTab2 uses a secure rope loop but I looked everywhere in the packaging and there wasn't one! Also, InnoTab's stylus is pure plastic, flat, and slippery. LeapPad2's stylus is what you're more used to seeing (round like a pencil), and not slippery to hold.
- LeapPad2 has 4GB of memory, InnoTab2 2GB... but, you can use an SD card to add an additional 32GB of memory. That's impressive! (SD card not included). I am finding that 2 or 4GB of memory is more than enough for our needs.
- LeapPad2 I had to setup using their installation CD before I could play it, but the InnoTab2 you can start playing right away.
- VTech has some interesting new apps that come with the InnoTab2 right out of the box, like a calculator app, calendar, notes, and clock. I don't know why, but I find that nice. I couldn't find those apps in LeapFrog's app store.
- InnoTab2 has a tilt sensor like an iPad or iPhone and will tilt the screen if held horizontal or vertical. LeapPad2 does not have this feature. UPDATE: LeapPad2 does have this feature, but only with certain apps. For instance, the main screen (home screen with apps) does not tilt like the InnoTab2 will. The InnoTab2 will tilt with just about everything, but the LeapPad2 is limited to certain apps.
- LeapPad2's store for purchasing apps is easily accessed. I went to their website and could browse their app selection right away. On VTech's website I couldn't find the app store to save my life. All I could find were the cartridges for sale, which are comparable to LeapFrog's prices.
- InnoTab2 has buttons for brightening or dimming the screen, but don't expect much, there's only four bars and it doesn't make a lot of difference.
- InnoTab2 has a "?" button that allows you to hear instructions again, or find out more information about an app (nice touch!).
- InnoTab2 comes with a manual. LeapPad2 does not.
- InnoTab2 has a "kickstand" for standing the tablet up vertically or horizontal.
So what's the overall review?
Honestly, I feel the InnoTab2 is just what the original LeapPad was: s-l-o-w. InnoTab2 takes 37 seconds to reach the app home screen. LeapPad2 takes 21 seconds. With LeapPad2 it takes almost 5 seconds from the time you select an app for it to start. It takes InnoTab2 almost 8 seconds. It just feels like there's a lot of "loading" going on with the InnoTab2. I'm nit picking of course, but it makes a difference to me.
Also, my son just turned 3. When he tries to swipe the screen to the next page he sometimes touches an app, which causes it to load. He then has to wait for it to load before he can go back to the Home screen and try and swipe again. This happened to me a lot, too. If I lay my finger down for just a fraction of a second the InnoTab2 thinks I'm selecting an app instead of swiping. So you have to be careful to swipe in an empty space; my 3 year old isn't capable of that when the screen is filled with apps. The LeapPad2 just uses arrows to touch at the bottom of the screen.
Overall I feel the InnoTab2 is really not geared for 3 year olds (just like the original LeapPad wasn't either). The screen isn't as bright and crisp as the LeapPad2, and the tablet doesn't feel as solid in my hands.
LeapPad2 is currently $20 more; I'd really suggest getting a LeapPad2 over an InnoTab2, especially if you have a 3 year old: Older kids probably not that big of a deal, just a matter of preference. The included apps seem geared toward older kids anyway, whereas LeapPad2 apps are more 3 year old friendly with their PetPad tracing alphabet game, and the overall designs of the included apps more basic. For example, the art studio in InnoTab2 has like a million color choices, but LeapPad2 just has basic colors to choose from.
InnoTab2 is compatible with LeapPad2 in education, but I feel like the tablet needs more work.
Build Quailty: The leappad wins hands down. It just feels more soild. The innotab is built a little cheap and the battery cover on mine is kinda loose. Also the built in kickstand is a joke. There's no doubt that will be the first thing to break. Edited to add: Build quailty becomes less of an issue if this tablet will be given to a child age 6-8 as they are less likely to drop it and drag it around the house by the stylus like my son does with his leappad :) My son is rough on toys so the fact that the leappad it still going strong (minus some scratches) after a few falls is awesome. With cheap plastic and rubber corners that look super-glued, I'm hoping the innotab will be able to withstand a few accidents.
Included Apps: The innotab comes with 2 games(Pinball Letters and Ice Escape), 1 book (What's That Noise), an art studio, coloring book, calendar, calculator, video player, mp3 player, photo viewer, notebook, clock, and a contacts app. Additional apps can be purchased online for $2.99 each and when you register the innotab you get 3 free V.Coins which you can use towards your purchase of additional games. While vtech's apps are priced lower than that of leapfrog, the games available leave alot to be desired. Leapfrog has better downloadable games. And by better I mean the games are more polished. Seems as tho more thought has gone into leapfrogs apps when compared to vtech. Vtech's downloadable games have no depth. They are basically a bunch of mini games that look thrown together real quick to make a quick buck. Some seem a bit silly as well.
Another thing to note is that if you already have the v.reader the ebooks that are included with the cartridge games are the exact same. Disappointed that they didn't come with new stories. I also noticed that the games that come with the cartridges are VERY similar to the mobigo games. While this is a new system alot of things have just been recycled over with very little new content. This would have been a 4 star toy if I didn't have to re-purchase games I already own. Also only one profile can be made and there is no way to customize their educational level. While playing one of the downloadable games it quickly progresses to the next level without making sure the kids are really ready to move on. Other gripes include not being able to delete vtech's preloaded photos and video. Also it is extremely easy for kids to delete content you've added to the device. Not sure why they would include a delete button. So those with little ones be prepared to keep reloading content that has gone missing. (Not sure if locking the sd card will prevent deletes...will have to try and update later) Speaking of which the innotab will take up to a 16gb sd card compared to leappad's 2gb capacity.
My main reason for purchasing this was the video player and mp3 player that the leappad lacks. But with that said there isn't really any educational value in listening to music and watching videos all day. However at this price point I'm getting a portable video/mp3 player, so for entertainment purposes this hits the spot. (Videos must been in avi format in order for the innotab to play them) I purchased an 8gb sd card and uploaded Cars, Kung Fu Panda, Ice Age 3 and Toy Story 3, downloaded a few games and one extra ebook and still have over 2gb left. I haven't gotten around to uploading music and photos as of yet.
If I had to recommend one over the other I would definetely say go with the leappad because of the educational value, but it also depends on the age of the child you are purchasing it for. I see older children (ages 6-8) digging this system alot more than the leappad because of the features. Also the leappad, while educational is geared toward pre-k thru 1st grade kids...any older than that is pointless in my opinion. I just dont see kids that old being challenged by anything the leappad has to offer.
Edited to add: I have changed the recommended age for this toy to no more than 8. The more I play around with the innotab, the more I agree with other reviewers. However, my best friend has an 8 yr old daughter that wants this for christmas. So in the end, I guess it just depends on the child.