Last year, the Toy of the Year Award went to the LeapPad from LeapFrog. This tablet toy for kids ages 4-9 brought educational content to the market for the first time to kids in a portable, durable device. With the LeapPad, kids can use either their finger or a stylus and use a device similar to their parent's iPad without the concern that they will be accessing inappropriate material. Recently, LeapFrog revealed the new Leap Pad 2 would be available for pre-order, so what is the difference between the 2 devices?
Features of the LeapPad 2 Include:
-Higher resolution with new front-and-back cameras and video recorders
-A faster LF 2000 processor
-Double the on-board memory (4G) to store more games and video content
-Longer battery life
-Still compatible with all cartridge games and apps that were purchased for the first generation LeapPad and the Leapster
-New rechargeable batteries can be purchased separately, then the child can independently re-charge their device
-Music player with 5 LeapFrog Learning Songs
-New Cartoon creativity app
-Art Studio creativity app
-Pet Pad writing app
-Choice of an additional app from the LeapFrog App Center
-The LeapFrog App Center includes over 325 apps, cartridges, e-books and ultra e-books available for download off the internet for a fee to enhance the gaming and educational content
-Licensing of the app allows it to be shared amongst 3 different LeapFrog devices simultaneously
-Cartoon director app let's children create and star in their own cartoons
-Content that was created for 3-year-olds so the LeapPad 2 can be used with younger children
The new LeapPad 2 ( compare prices) will be available for pre-order starting July 18 and is the same price as the first generation LeapPad at MSRP of $99.99.
I originally had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the new LeapPad 2 prior to it's release date. One of my personal frustrations with the original LeapPad was the speed, as I am an avid iPad user, it was hard for me to make the transition. However, the children I used the device with never commented on the speed. The new LeapPad 2, given the added memory, improved processing speed, and both front and rear cameras, allows children to experience exciting new educational content. The new LeapPad 2 now also allows younger children, ages 3 and up to access content that is appropriate for their abilities. Though the newer version has some nice, new qualitative amenities, if you have a first generation LeapPad and multiple children, definitely keep it, all of the apps and cartridges that you have previously purchased can still be utilized on this device protecting your investment.
In addition, here is a full review of the LeapPad2 based on my recent personal experiences.