LeapFrog LeapPad 3 : Review
As a child growing up my version of technology growing up was watching TV or occasionally being trusted to play Sonic The Hedgehog on my parents Sega Megadrive… Nowadays children are technology mad pretty much from the moment they are a few months old, learning their hand eye coordination by playing games on a tab or even just watching a video on a mobile phone. Its all a start and it’s all educational to a child and finding their way in this 21st Century world we now live in.
Both my children from a young age both took a shine to my tablet computer or mobile phone so they soon had to have a child friendly tab each. As a starting block they had a LeapPad 2 (to share) from Leapfrog which we reviewed for them nearly 2 years ago and it was a firm favourite for a very long time. Now though with the help of LeapFrog again, we have progressed onto the LeapPad 3.
The LeapPad 3 is recommended for children aged 3+ and is a kid tough tablet computer. Contents of the box include;
- 1x LeapPad 3
- 1x AC Charging cable
- USB connectivity cables
So I now hear you ask, whats the difference between the LeapPad 2 and LeapPad 3, well…
The main difference between them both is that the LeapPad 3 features WiFi capabilities, enabling your child to access the internet through LeapSearch to specific content on the internet which has been approved by the team at LeapFrog. Other differences include built in rechargeable batteries in the new LeapPad 3, lasting up to 6hours with no option to revert to AA batteries unlike the LeapPad 2 and a faster speed processor, 1000mhz in the LeapPad3 vs 550mhz in the LeapPad 2. All in all the LeapPad 3 makes for a faster, smoother and more fun experience for your child. Also with the added Wifi Capabilities you as the parent can purchase and download new material from LeapFrog App Centre easily for your child to enjoy.
The LeapPad 3 still comes with the game slot for adding game cartridges purchased separately, headphone jack (headphones not included) and a softer stylus perfect for tapping away at the screen during gameplay.
As for built in memory, the LeapPad 3 still comes with a whopping 4gb of built in memory space, perfect for holding up to 20,000 photos and more than enough games your child will be entertained for days, let alone hours! The only thing stopping the fun would be the batteries dying!
Initially we were sent this for our Princess Party with Leapfrog back in June, complete with a very Princess Game, Little Mermaid. This game is a cartridge game which is installed at the top of the LeapPad and then launched by tapping the Little Mermaid icon on the bottom right of the LeapPad screen. The aim of this game is to help Arial on her underwater adventures, collecting human artefacts to her end goal of dancing the night away with Prince Eric. Along the way you will come across scenarios where your child will have to use their knowledge of maths to solve puzzles. The game has a age recommendation of 4+ and is priced at £14.99 available to buy at most high street toy stores or online.
As mentioned earlier the LeapPad 3 has an age recommendation of 3+, perfect for any young child starting out their tablet computing journey and has a RRP of £89.99, available to buy at most high street toy stores or online.