LeapFrog LeapPad vs Vtech InnoTab: Which is the best tablet for kids?

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LeapFrog LeapPad

Quick Description:

Tablet computers are taking over the world! Even the world of kids. Pretty soon, we might see children on playgrounds checking their tablets while sliding down the slide. Ok, it probably won’t get that bad. But if you’re like me, you’re getting a learning tablet for your kids this Christmas so they can learn stuff and be the smartest kid in the class (and so I can get my iPad back before it gets dropped one more time).

Tablets for kids abound online, so which one is better — the LeapFrog LeapPad or the Vtech InnoTab? They’re similar in design, they’re both built for kids aged between 4 and 9, and they both have a range of learning apps.

But we like the LeapFrog LeapPad for the same reason we bought an iPad — it is better and just plain cooler than the other tablet options on the market.

Click here to buy the LeapPad now before Amazon sells out and you can’t get one for Christmas!

 

If I didn’t convince you yet, keep reading for our complete comparison (and please don’t miss the video of the LeapPad at the bottom of this post).

Price & Cartridges:

Coming in at around $80, the Vtech InnoTab is about $20 cheaper than the LeapFrog LeapPad. But don’t let that sway you. It’s important to consider how much it’s going to cost you in the future. If you’re planning to buy extra games in the form of cartridges, the LeapPad wins with an average price of $20 per game compared to the InnoTab’s $25. Note that the Vtech InnoTab is also incompatible with cartridges from the V Reader, whereas the LeapPad can take cartridges from the Leapster Explorer. Bam! Useful to know if you already own one of the earlier devices.

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Vtech InnoTab

Design:

The design of the two tablets is largely the same. Both of them have a 5 inch color screen, both screens can be controlled either by touch or with a stylus, both of them have a tilt sensor to detect movements, and both of them are designed to be colorful, durable and child-friendly. But come on, which one do you want your kid to have in his hands when run into “that” family down the street. That’s right, you want your kid to have the cool LeapPad.

Camera:

One huge difference between the two tablets is the LeapFrog LeapPad includes a camera. This is a big upgrade for kids who may still be too young to properly take care of a digital camera. Or you just don’t want them to have yours. It means they can take their own photos and even create home movies. Just think what kinds of movies Spielberg would have made if he had a tablet like this as a kid.

There’s no such option with the InnoTab. Oh-oh.

Memory:

The Vtech InnoTab only comes with 64MB included memory, meaning you’ll need to buy an SD card to store more on the device (this is cheap but necessary). The LeapFrog LeapPad, on the other hand, comes with 2GB included. This is probably enough for your child’s needs but there’s no option to expand it if you do fill it up.

Features:

Both tablets share the picture viewer, eReader and video player in common. However, a noticeable omission from the LeapPad is an MP3 player, which the InnoTab includes. Give me a break, your kid won’t want to listen to music. He’ll be too busy learning and taking pictures. InnoTab users can’t even benefit from video/ photo capture tools.

Busy Brothers Rating:

Who takes it? Whose tablet reigns supreme? We vote for the LeadFrog LeapPad. Yes the InnoTab is cheaper, but the cartridges cost more and it doesn’t have a camera. The LeapPad doesn’t have a MP3 player, but that doesn’t bother us. Pony up and rock your kids’ Christmas morning and get the LeadFrog LeapPad. You can thank us later, when they’re still learning (um, I mean playing) with it during the long car drive to the beach this summer.

Still undecided? Read our other reviews:

LeapFrog LeapPad vs. Leapster: Which One Should You Buy?

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet REVIEW

 

Either way, you better get one before Amazon sells out:

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LeapFrog LeapPad Video:

 

 

Still undecided? Read our other reviews:

LeapFrog LeapPad vs. Leapster: Which One Should You Buy?

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet REVIEW

 

 

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