My family has always loved the interactive and educational products from LeapFrog. From the time my oldest son was just a toddler right up until today, our toy collection has always featured the hottest new LeapFrog products and our Leapster Explorer is the boys’ favourite gaming system years after receiving it. So I was delighted when I received the new LeapPad2 to review this year.
We don’t own the LeapPad, but I did a little reading up on it and I noticed a lot of upgrades that kids and parents will both love. The big difference is the camera. Pictures are utilized in many of the games and apps on this device and the previous LeapPad had a fairly basic 0.3 megapixel camera. The LeapPad2 features 2.0 megapixel cameras on both the front and back of the device. That means that not only are pictures bright and beautiful, but kids also now have the ability to take pictures of themselves!
The memory also increased quite a bit compared to the first LeapPad, from 2GB to 4GB. I loved that the LeapPad 2 worked with my boys’ Leapster Explorer games and, as always, my boys both adored the many apps that we could download to use on the device. The LeapPad2 comes preloaded with two apps and features one free app available from the App Centre, but there are hundreds of other great apps, games and videos that can be downloaded for the device as well.
Uploading new content requires hooking the LeapPad2 up to a computer, which, after the initial setup, is a quick and easy process. I actually really like the fact that the LeapFrog LeapPad2 doesn’t have the ability to connect to the Internet through a wireless network because that way I know my children are only accessing content that’s appropriate for them. And the touchscreen works with either a child’s finger or the included stylus. Best of all, the LeapPad 2 Explorer is built tough so that it can survive the inevitable bumps and drops that a child will put it through. My boys are pretty rough so durability is hugely important to me!
Overall, the LeapPad2 was an interactive and exciting device and I know that both of my boys will get years of enjoyment out of it. Best of all, it provides educational content for my boys as well as entertainment! If you’re looking for a great gift for a preschool or young school-aged child this year, check out the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer for yourself and let your kids learn as they play!