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Posted on Oct 19, 2012

InnoTab or InnoTab 2 – what’s the difference?

Let me guess where you’re at.

InnoTab 2, new for 2012, is available in blue, or lilac.

Your kid loves tech toys.

You love educational toys.

So you’re thinking of buying a handheld tablet style gamer for your child.

You like the look of the InnoTab 2, and you are wondering whether to go for the full-price 2012 model, or save yourself $20 and pick the discounted 2011 InnoTab?

How close am I?

So let’s take a look at some of the differences that will help you choose between them.

Size
The InnoTab 2 is slightly smaller and lighter than the original version. However, this is acheived through a reduction in case size only. The screen size and resolution are identical to both models.

Memory
The first model had just 64MB of memory, whereas the 2012 InnoTab 2 now proudly boasts 2GB. However, you should note that both models have a slot for an SD card so you can expand the memory.

Lights, camera, action
Last year the lack of camera realy let the InnoTab down when compared with the LeapPad.

So this year VTech have added a top-mounted, swivelling digital camera that can take video footage and still photos.

The camera can be rotated to face the front or the back depending on whether you are filming your friends, or taking a self-portrait.

If your child has seen any of the TV commercials for the InnoTab 2, you should probably check with them if this camera feature is important, to avoid disappointment on Christmas Day if you do go ahead and buy the older model.

Price
The new InnoTab 2 is priced at $80. You should be able to pick up the older model for just $60.

InnoTab 2s
Here’s a curve ball for you. For $100 you can buy the InnoTab 2s, which is identical to the InnoTab2 in every way, except that you can use WiFi to connect to the VTech Learning Lodge, rather than needing to hook it up to a PC.

Your other options
Not totally decided yet? It’s an expensive gift so you need to make sure you are buying the right thing.

For an older child, take a look at my guide to kid-friendly tablet computers that you can download all the popular apps onto.

And if you are not totally committed to the InnoTab, take a look at my comparison of the LeapPad2, Leapster GS, InnoTab 2 and MobiGo 2 games systems.

Customer reviews
And finally, you might find it useful to take a look at these Amazon customer reviews for the InnoTab 2, so you can see what other parents had to say about it.

Current prices of all your options
Here’s Amazon’s current prices of all the 2012 and 2011 handheld gamers from VTech and Leapfrog:



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