Purchased for my 4 1/2 yr old boy & friends' 4 1/2 yr. old girl. Both children enjoy using parent's iPads. Son, Nintendo DS. Both adept at playing w/electronic gadgets- Smart Phones, Laptops. ( of course enjoy other forms of play & learning not using electronics;) Was excited to buy LeapPad Tablet-because of LeapFrog quality of educational toys, & best learning DVD's. Disappointed that LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet did not meet our expectations. CONS: !) Excessive, "difficult" to Open Package 2)Too Loud-(even at lowest setting)- Purchased earphones for kids. 3) Need computer to Sync & Download b4 use-(30 minutes+-) & to get Apps. 4) Apps-expensive -quality, graphics etc..just ok 5) Eats up batteries (Buy recyclables & AC adapter) PROS: !) Games very good ($18-25) and backwards compatible w/Leapster Explorer. 2) Kids enjoy playing but still ask for IPAds or other gadgets. 3) Leap Pad Tablet is 100% Educational vs. the distractions of movies, other games etc.. on IPad, Nintendo's (these have educational content too!) Bottom Line- Fun, engaging, educational for children 4 yrs+ but long term use w/ ability to grow w/ kids yrs. later like iPad or even Nintendo's Handheld is limited. What begins as $99 educational toy- easily became an over $200+ w/ purchase of LeapPad Tablet Case$17,Rechargeable Batteries, Games, Earphones, Apps etc.. I will also purchase soon to be released V.Tech InnoPad ($79). I'm curious to compare VTech to this LeapPad Tablet ($99). No camera is included on Vtech, tho and MP3 player is.
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