Though I am not quite ready for summer to be over, my daughter had reached that point of summer break where she was finding herself a bit bored and under stimulated. But that all changed when we received the Leappad3 providing her with the technology she loves and the educational content to help better prepare her for a new school year ahead.
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The LeapPad3 picks up where the LeapPad2 left off featuring upgrades like WiFi and a rechargeable battery. Of course when it comes to our children and the Internet, safety is a top concern for parents. With the LeapSearch browser kids can only access pre-approved content and parental controls allow even more adjustments, so parents have ultimate control on which websites can be visited and which feature can be accessed. You also get the added benefit of being able to download apps, games and eBooks directly from the LeapFrog store, thanks to WiFi, as opposed to going out and buying individual cartridge games/books. Due note however, cartridges can still be used with the LeapPad3.
One of my daughter’s favorite features on any tablet is always the camera, I guess it’s a generational thing. The LeapPad3 still boost a 2mp front and rear mount camera now with 480p video recording all on a capacitive touch 5-inch backlit screen.
The chunky design makes it perfect for little hands and you can rest easy knowing it is built tough. The screen is shatter-safe and sealed with a silicone gasket for added water resistance and extra energy absorption. The tablet itself also has special impact zones and a soft bumper to insulate and protect, making it quality tested and safe for your child and mine. I can attest to its durability as my daughter had dropped it off the edge of the kitchen counter and onto our hardwoods within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box – and no that isn’t a new record in our home!
Another welcome upgrade to the LeapPad3 is the batteries or lack of! The LeapPad3 can now be plugged in via included power adapter or to a computer via a USB cable to charge, meaning know more worrying about dead batteries and replacing them.
Overall, I feel the LeapPad3 is ultimately a favorite in kids’ tablets in both my eyes and my daughters. I love the personalized learning, the ability to adjust the tablet to meet the individual needs of my daughter and my son, with individual log in screens and leaning levels. The LeapFrog Learning Path, also allows me to easily track her progress through the various educational apps the tablet has to offer.
While this is a limited tablet compared with an adult tablet, it does exactly what it design is for. It provides durability, safe online access, the little features like a camera for that adult tablet feel, and the best thing is it provides engaging, fun and educational content tailored for kids...... and that is what it’s all about!
Buy It: The LeapPad3 is available in pink or green for the SPR of $99.99 and comes standard with 10 built-in or downloadable apps, 10 learning songs on the Music Player, photo effects, 5 utility apps and of course WiFi service and peer-to-peer play.