Apparently, it’s tablet day here at TPM. While the HP TouchPad may be a toy for older kids, the LeapFrog LeapPad Tablet is one for the younger kiddos. I’ve been impressed by the reputation LeapFrog products have built in the past. They consistently put out electronic learning devices that have the video game or gadget feel, so they appeal to kids. On the other hand, the learning that goes on continues to earn LeapFrog top marks from educators.
The new product, the LeapPad tablet, is designed to capitalize on the tablet craze that’s striking worldwise. The new tablet features a camera that can take pictures and video, a construction designed to withstand drops and dirty hands, and a large array of apps. According the the LeapPad site, the tablet will launch with 54 math apps and cartridges available for purchase. There’s no WIFI, so you have to hook up your LeapPad to a PC or Mac in order to load on apps that you purchase, many of which feature familiar characters from movie makers like Disney. The graphics look better than solid in the promotional videos In the past, LeapFrog has had consistently strong math products for kids, and I would expect it to be the same here. Pre-orders for the LeapPad tablet have just started. At $100, it’s a very affordable education toy.
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