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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.

InnoTab Stats:

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.

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