The Toy of the Year Award in 2011 went to the LeapPad from LeapFrog. This tablet toy for children ages 4-9 was the first to bring educational content in a portable, durable device to kids. With the LeapPad, kids could 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. In 2012, the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 was announced.
Each year after brought better features to newer tablets like the LeapPad3, LeapPad Ultra, the LeapPad Platinum and the LeapPad Epic tablets. There are many inexpensive tablets that offer great value.
The LeapPad2 is not the newest LeapPad tablet. However, it is still possible to buy a LeapPad2 on eBay, at yard sales and through online retailers like Amazon.
While it certainly is not the newest model, it will definitely provide younger children with access to many different educational games. All LeapPad game cartridges that are bought in a retail store, in the past or the present, or apps that have been downloaded from the App center can be used on all LeapFrog tablets.
Features of the LeapPad 2 Include:
- High resolution front-and-back cameras and video recorders
- A LF 2000 processor
- Double the on-board memory (4G) to store more games and video content, compared to the LeapPad
- Longer battery life
- Compatible with all cartridge games and apps that were purchased for the first generation LeapPad and the Leapster
- Rechargeable batteries, which can be purchased separately, so the child can independently re-charge their device
- Music player with 5 LeapFrog Learning Songs
- 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
If you are still using a LeapPad2 tablet, most likely it was passed on from one child to another, or it was purchased for a great deal at a yard sale. For iPad and big technology users, the tablet will be very slow in comparison.
However, many children to play the educational games through the cartridges, and if they are not familiar with tablets in general, it will either teach them a little patience to wait while the app loads or they will not even notice at all.
The LeapPad 2, in comparison to the LeapPad1 (2011) has more memory, improved processing speed, and both front and rear cameras, allowed children to experience exciting new educational content.
Beware, the LeapPad2 still operates only on "AA" batteries. The newer devices include a wall charger to recharge the tablet without requiring batteries.
Should you find a LeapPad2 for a good deal used, online or at a yard sale, all of the apps and cartridge games are compatible. It will definitely not have all the bells and whistles of later generation tablets, but for a young child looking for their first tablet, it is still a great toy that provides a solid learning opportunity for kids of all ages, interests and abilities.
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