I know many of you have been trying very hard this Christmas season to get your hands on the LeapPad from Leap Frog. If someone on your Christmas list has been itching for a learning tablet, you may want to consider the InnoTab Learning Tablet from Vtech.
My family received an InnoTab from Vtech to play around with. We already have the V.Reader from Vtech, so my kids were already familiar with the functions.
:: The price: It’s $79 at Amazon as compared to $99 for the LeapPad (if you can actually find it in stock anywhere).
:: You can use the stylus or your finger, which is a bonus since you know you’re losing the stylus within one day. It also uses touch applications including tap, flick, pat and drag & drop.
:: It functions very much like a regular tablet and it’s intuitive. I had nothing to do with setting the thing up. My seven-year-old did it all on her own. You can load pictures, music and other stuff onto the InnoTab (just like an adult tablet).
:: You can purchase additional software which includes e-books, learning games and creative activities. You can purchase the InnoTab and at least one game at Amazon for less than the LeapPad alone.
:: Power Use — What I don’t like about the InnoTab and Vtech products, like the V.Reader, is that it takes four AA batteries and there’s no other way to power the thing, so we burn through batteries.
:: Software Selection — The InnoTab is billed as a tablet for kids ages 4-9, but the games available right now are all attractive to kids under 7 (Cars, Toy Story, Dora, Mickey Mouse, Disney Princesses). I would like to purchase a game for my daughter, but there are no age-appropriate options available.
Bottom line? I think the InnoTab is a fantastic option for kids ages 4-7ish. My kids love it for longer car rides to my parents’ house and they also play with it together. I’m hoping they release software that will be appealing and challenging for older kids.
Amazon has the InnoTab priced at $79 right now with FREE Super Saver Shipping, which should arrive by Christmas.
I received an InnoTab to review. The opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.
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