When it comes to the hottest toys to buy this Christmas season, kids’ tablets are coming out top on all lists. And the two most popular tablets of the moment are the LeapPad 2 (from Leap Frog), and InnoTab 2 (from Vtech).
The Leap Frog LeapPad 2 and the Vtech InnoTab 2 seem to be very similar toys, but which one should you buy? Both companies have a good reputation and both offer a variety of educational, high quality products. The following information might help you to decide.
Remember that, whichever you decide, it’s important to put your orders in early before these items go out of stock!
An Overview Of The Main Differences And Similarities
Both the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 and the Vtech InnoTab 2 come in boy and girl colors – the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 coming in green and pink and the Vtech InnoTab 2 comes in pink and white. The colors of the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 are more vibrant and noticeable, but the look of the InnoTab looks less like a toy and more high tech.
Both units come with video cameras and the ability to take still shot photos, but the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 actually has two separate lenses: one to take photos and videos on the front side of the device and another lens to be able to take pictures from the opposite side of the device. The InnoTab 2 only has one lens that can rotate from front to back.
Both consoles weigh about the same with the LeapPad 2 being only slightly heavier. Both also feature tilt sensors, touch screen and use of a stylus.
Games, e-Books and Applications
The LeapPad 2 comes with four apps already installed and one you get to choose and download on your own. The InnoTab 2 does come with almost twice as many apps installed but it is more likely that your child will only use about a third of them. Most 4 year olds have no use for a calendar and address book, though they may be fun for pretend play.
The prices of the apps and cartridges for the Vtech InnoTab 2 are substantially lower than those for the LeapPad too. Both have eReaders, but unlike the LeapPad 2, the InnoTab 2 also has and MP3 player.
The Vtech InnoTab 2 and the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 pretty much have the same accessories. Both systems use batteries, but thankfully both offer rechargeable battery packs. If you do not want to splurge or worry about losing expensive batteries, the AC adapter is another option. For game play on the go, both systems have car adapters as well.
To protect the touch screen both companies sell plastic films to cover the screen surface, and there are also rubber skins to prevent slippage, but are not much good for anything else. You can also find hard carrying cases, which are good looking, but the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 supposedly can withstand bangs and drops and the InnoTab 2′s case comes with a tripod to hold up the back, but the game itself also has a type of built in stand so it also like a superfluous purchase.
Reviews From Parents
The LeapPad 2 seems to have sold better, so the average rating for purchasers can be a little misleading. The LeapPad 2 is said to be more educational, but the benefit of having the additional memory is that you can add your own photos or movies only the system fairly easily. Battery consumption is always an issue with both consoles, but with the the AC adapter or rechargeable batteries, they can easily eliminate the problem. One user did complain the the InnoTab would only accept the Vtech rechargeable batteries, but that is probably why the company makes them especially designed for their game console. In overall scores, the Leap Frog LeapPad 2 did score higher, but the Vtech InnoTab 2 was a very close second.
Stats Side by Side
LeapPad 2: 1 inch x 5 inches x 7 inches, InnoTab 2: 1 inch x 6 inches x 8 inches
LeapPad 2: About 1.5 lbs, InnoTab 2: A little over 1 lb
Both Use: 4 AA batteries, AC Adapters or rechargeable batteries
Both: 5 inch touch screens
LeapPad 2: 4 GB, InnoTab 2: 2GB with optional SD memory card slot to accommodate 16 GB more
Which One Should You Buy?
When it comes to price, the InnoTab 2 definitely is a good deal for the money and the extra games and apps won’t cost you an arm and a leg. If you really want the best there is to buy, and from a company with a good reputation, you should probably go with the LeapPad 2, unless your child just can’t live without an MP3 player. If you still have your doubts, it is always recommended to read other user’s reviews and even ask for an in-store demo.
It was only last year that the original tablets for kids first hit the market, and already the second generation of devices are out and set to be hot sellers this Christmas. One of the main kids tablets is the Vtech InnoTab 2. Is it really that much of a step up from the original InnoTab and, most importantly, is it worth buying?
Original Vtech InnoTab
The Vtech InnoTab resembles a lower-end version of a smartphone. The exterior frame is mostly white with either blue or pink accents and a touch screen in the middle. Children control the device using a stylus, the touch screen and the tilt sensor inside the game, making it easy for them to use. There is no photo or video camera, but the InnoTab goes come with an MP3 player so kids can listen to music or watch movies.
Measurements: 9 inches x 1 inch x 10 inches
Weight: Almost 2 Lbs
Power Source: 4 AA batteries
Screen Size: 5 inches
Memory: 64MB with optional SD memory card slot
Books, Games and Apps
The Vtech InnoTab has very interactive stories that kids can either read aloud (with the book following along with them), or have the book read to them by the device (accompanied by music and sound effects).
You get quite a few apps already installed, about eight, but of those eight your child will probably only use about half of them. The calendar and calculator are of little use to a four or five year old. You can download more books, games and apps from the Vtech website.
There is a carrying case in a variety of colors that you can purchase separately that has a type of tripod back to it, allowing kids to prop up their toy and play hands-free. There is an AC power cord in order to be able to play and eliminate the need for batteries or a rechargeable battery pack to save on disposable batteries and still keep the game portable. For game play on the go or during vacation, there is a car adapter both for AC power and the rechargeable batteries.
Vtech InnoTab 2
The frame of the Vtech InnoTab 2 is a lot more vibrantly colored and just looks more high tech than the original. Pink and white are the two colors you have to choose from, although the white version does have blue accents so boys could enjoy it without a problem. This unit has both a still shot camera and a video camera, both of which the original InnoTab is lacking. The unit is very light, weighing just over a pound and can customized for more than one child by saving individual settings.
InnoTab 2 Stats
Measurements: 1 inch x 6 inches x 8 inches
Weight: A little over 1 LB
Power Source: 4 AA batteries
Screen Size: 5 inches
Memory: 2GB with optional SD memory card slot to accommodate 16 GB more
Books, Games and Apps
One of the cutest games kids can play involves using the video camera. The camera itself can be rotated front to back to take picture of the child while holding the device or with the lens turned in front of the camera to take pictures of other people. Using the camera kids can take pictures of themselves and use their faces on game characters, or, using the video camera, they watch their screen and make it looks like the games are happening in their room, outdoors, etc. The built in microphone picks up the child’s voice to allow them to read along with stories at their own pace.
The device itself has a stand that flips out of the back, allowing it to sit up on its own. There is a hard carrying case that also has a type of stand in the back, but doesn’t make much sense to buy one if the device itself has one built in. Just like the Original InnoTab, there are AC adapters and rechargeable battery packs for use at home as well as car adapters. You can also buy plastic decals to protect the touch screen.
What’s the Difference Between the Vtech InnoTab and Innotab 2?
Color: Both come in pink and white, but the InnoTab 2 has more pronounced colors and a sleeker overall look.
Memory: The InnoTab only comes with 64MB of standard memory while the InnoTab 2 comes with 2 GB (not including option SD memory cards)
Weight: There is almost a pound of weight in difference, which is quite a bit for small children. The InnoTab 2 barely weighs in over a pound, while the InnoTab Original weighs almost two pounds.
Size: While both units are only an inch thick, the InnoTab 2 cuts off three inches of width and two inches of length, making it easier for small hands to grab and hold on to.
Microphone and Cameras: The Original InnoTab has neither.
Which Should You Choose?
If your child doesn’t own an InnoTab yet, then it’s probably best to buy the newer version. When it comes to upgrading, however, it really depends on whether your kids would appreciate the camera and the reduced size of the new InnoTab 2.