LeapFrog is famous for their educational game devices for children. And if you’re considering one this year, you can’t go wrong with either the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (click here to read our full review of this toy) or Leapster Explorer Learning Game System. My guys will be getting the larger, Learning Tablet. Heck, I might even get two. That will be Santa’s big gift this year. I love the idea of them playing games while learning new things (oh you know like numbers, letters and words). Plus, the games are cool enough to make my 5 year old think he’s playing real video games.
If I haven’t convinced you, keep reading to understand more about the similarities and differences (and please don’t miss the LeapPad video at the bottom of this post).
The Leapster and the LeapPad are both catered to pretty much the same age range of children: 4 to 9 years of age. They can even use the same games cartridges, which means that most of what your kids are doing on the toys will be the same whether they own the Leapster or the LeapPad, and they can control it in the same way with the stylus. Even the processor is the same, meaning you won’t notice a boost in performance speed with the newer LeapPad.
One reason why parents may choose the Leapster over the newer LeapPad is the price. The recommended retail price for the latter stands at around $100, whereas the Leapster sells for $70. However, bear in mind that the price difference is fairly small and it could be worth paying extra for some of the features mentioned below.
One of the things that instantly makes the LeapPad Explorer stand out against the Leapster Explorer is that it’s got a camera included. However, for around $25 you can buy the camera extension kit for the Leapster Explorer, too. This comes with an extension that can record videos or take photographs, activities that’ll help kids decorate their photos, and picture puzzle games.
Although the camera add-on is an extra cost for the Leapster, it’s a useful option if you don’t want to pay for everything up front. You could save the camera as a future gift for your child instead of paying full price for the LeapPad in the beginning.
3) Tilt Sensor:
The tilt sensor included in the LeapPad is impressive among handheld educational toys, and is something the Leapster is lacking. It means your child can control certain features simply by tilting the device, giving a new way to play.
The LeapPad Explorer comes with a 5 inch screen, whereas the screen on the Leapster Explorer is only 3.2 inches. Although both screens are clear for children to look at, the LeapPad’s bigger touchscreen makes it easier to use and control (especially for the youngest children).
5) Reading Apps:
Lastly, the LeapPad comes with many more reading functions than the older Leapster. This includes the interactive reading features, as well as a story studio that’ll let kids create their own stories using pictures, videos, voice recordings and writing.
Busy Brothers Conclusion
See what I mean? We like the bigger LeapPad. But either one will be great and your kids will love you for it. Maybe even your kids’ teachers will love you for it. Your kids will so smart they’ll earn a full scholarship to college — just because you bought them this learning toy for Christmas. Doesn’t that just warm your heart? Good, go get it today!
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