New 2015 Leapfrog Epic vs LeapPad Platinum
We’ve always been Leapfrog fans in this house, so when they launched the LeapPad Explorer in 2011 we were one of the early adopters.
Since then Leapfrog have continued to launch at least one new tablet model every year.
This year’s new additions to the family are the LeapPad Platinum and the LeapPad Epic. And while the LeapPad Platinum is featuring on retailers’ ‘top toys for Christmas’ lists, it is the Epic that’s turning heads.
In this post: Take a look at the 2 new Leapfrog LeapPad’s for 2015 + a very attractive kids tablet alternative.
Leapfrog LeapPad Platinum
This year’s model edges the LeapPad every closer to the specs and appearance of a regular tablet. With a whopping 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, front & rear cameras and a built-in video camera, plus 10+ built-in apps, the Platinum comes pre-loaded with everything for your child needs, right out of the box. Plus you can add additional apps priced around $10 or £7.50 per game. More specs are in the table below.
Age Range: 3-9 years
Price: $119.99 or £99.99
LeapPad Platinum Demo Video
LeapPad Platinum Hands-On Review
This is a hands-on review from The Witt Family, who are members of the Leapfrog Vloggers programme.
This is a game changer. For the first time Leapfrog have created a kids tablet that runs on an Android operating
system, KitKat (Android 4.4), enabling the installation of non-Leapfrog apps. However, this does not mean that the Google Play Store is yours to ransack. Leapfrog have created a library of pre-approved apps that are considered kid-safe and educational. Your choice is restricted but you can feel confident that whatever they are spending hours playing, it is not scrambling their little brains. Another protective feature parents will appreciate is that the apps are free from adverts and there are no in-app purchases available. More specs are in the table below.
If you’re looking for the LeapPad Epic, you’re in the right place, but looking for the wrong toy. ‘LeapPad’ refers to the tablets created by Leapfrog that run on their proprietary operating system. The Epic runs on Android and is simply named the Leapfrog Epic.
Age Range: 3-9 years
Price: $129.99 or £119.99
LeapPad Epic Demo Video
LeapPad Epic Hands On Review
This hands-on review is from Children’s Technology Review:
But wait, there’s a new hero on the horizon…
Amazon have launched a Kindle Fire Kids Edition that comes backed with an amazing guarantee. If your child breaks the tablet, Amazon will replace it….for free!
It comes fully equipped with all the specs you’d expect from a grown-up Kindle, plus a protective kid-friendly case, parental control options (which allows you to restrict time by content type) and a year’s free access to digital content via Amazon FreeTime. You can see find out more and read customer reviews on Amazon.com (Brits, link to Amazon.co.uk here).
Age Range: 3 years and up.
Price: $99.99 or £99.99
More specs are in the table below.
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