LeapPad 3

The latest product to arrive from LeapFrog HQ for review is the LeapPad 3 which has been recently launched. We know our way around the LeapPad as we’ve been lucky enough to get to know them from the initial launch passing through the LeapPad 2 and the LeapPad Ultra. We’ve reviewed lots of games and apps too and this time is no different.

LeapPad 3

My initial thoughts on the LeapPad 3 are – it is lighter and more manageable for little people and this is a very good thing.

Secondly the screen is smaller than the LeapPad Ultra but this has had no effect on the twins wanting to revert back to previous models.

The third noticeable difference is the stylus as it now has a soft end and is thicker to hold.

The model comes with a rechargeable adapter and a lead to attach it to the computer for downloading games and apps plus uploading pictures and videos to your gallery.

Start up

A very simple process that is completed in minutes. Once again you are able to choose a game to upload free of charge, this time around we chose Kat’s Maths – errific Magic show the girls LOVED it and have played on it non stop until they finished the entire game. In fact they liked it so much I had to buy it for the other devices as the one chosen on set up cannot be shared.

The charge lasts a long time on the LeapPad 3 and was excellent for journeys in the car and short breaks for keeping the children amused.

By uploading all the other games we have onto the LeapPad 3 I have noticed they have re discovered the joy of this tablet and have spent hours on it since. I have since bought some other apps for them to play with too.

Holi and Oli Viking Adventure, Leap School In the Kitchen with Hap and Pentathlon games.

WiFi and Leap Search

In all honesty my two haven’t really played with this much after the initial searching and watching videos, they tend to play the games on the device more than anything else, however it is a fun element and what’s more parents can be certain that all the web content has been screened so it is kid friendly. It’s a nice way to introduce children to the internet knowing they are safe.

Verdict

I have to say the LeapPad 3 has been an enormous hit in the house and we have had to put some strict sharing time in place as even if all the games are exactly the same on each device they both want to play with the LeapPad 3.

Details

The LeapPad 3 RRP £89.99 and is available from most toy shops and department stores.

Disclosure: We were sent a LeapPad 3 to review as part of our LeapFrog ambassadorship and for the purpose of this post.

Alice with Leap Pad2

This is not a sponsored post, The Mister and I decided – ok I decided, that we’d get Leap Pad 2’s for the girls for their Christmas present this last year, the Mister went along with it grumbling about he never got to take the decisions which is just as well or the girls would be sitting with a Scaletrix now rather than these super tablets they have fallen in love with.

I managed to get the ok around September time and started to search online for bargains. There were plenty; top supermarkets offering great discounts and well known online stores offering their best but the best was a buy 2 for just over £70 each, so I did.

The beauty of the Leap Pad 2 is that it is rechargable and as my two spend time every day on theirs we have already gone through a box of 16 batteries since Christmas day. Each Leap Pad takes 4 batteries so the charger is one accessory I shall most definitely be investing in.

Bessie with Leap Pad2

It is very simple to set up your Leap Pads, the instructions are simple to follow and in 2-3 steps you are ready to go. Our tablets came with 5 apps pre-loaded and we could choose one more for each tablet. The app you choose to add on will not be shared with any other device which is a shame as I chose a different app for each tablet and one, the Alphabet Factory video proved to be the most popular causing both arguments ‘That’s my Leap Pad mummy!’ tears and more batteries!

There is a range of accessories to choose from and we were sent a few to review, you can find them all on the Leap Frog website Leap Pad accessories

Leap Pad accessories

The carry case

Available in two colours we were sent one of each (it’s the argument thing again plus the easy detection of whose is whose) A padded hard case with a zip closure that little hands can handle easily. Mind you they get them out but they rarely put them away! On one side of the case the form of the Leap Pad for it to sit in and on the other elasticated sections to hold any cartridges you may have already or buy to go with your Leap Pad. A definite yes from me, as it protects the tablet and makes it easier to tidy everything away.

Leap Pad carry cases

Gel skin

Cost £7.99 and fits tightly around the tablet. It comes in various colours, we were sent a green one and a purple one. The girls are 4, they are clumsy and have dropped their Leap Pad once or twice, it’s inevitable. No harm done though with this handy gel skin protecting the corners. A good buy in my eyes as the last thing I want is for the plastic to crack or to lose one of the battery covers, plus the more you look after it the easier it is to pass it on when your child has outgrown it ;)

Leap Pad gel skins

Earphones

Available in two colours, green and purple, they are priced at £12.99. As many of the games are very repetitive with the same sound going on again and again and again as your child goes through the various levels of each app, it will most likely become irritating for you. Although there is a volume button which both children have worked out how to use, the headphones have come in very handy whilst we are watching television or for car journeys. I do have to ‘fit’ them on their heads as they can be inclined to slip and the girls struggle to put them on correctly. The length over the head can be adjusted. I have noticed however the girls prefer not to use them and will only do so when we ask them to.

Leap Pad earphones

Recharger

I made the mistake of not investing in this contraption thinking that with all of the rechargers we have in the house surely one will fit! None will, LeapFrog have made their own and therefore you will have to invest in this £29.99 Leap Pad recharger for your own sanity, that or buying AA batteries will be forever on your shopping list and you will have to continually change the batteries too. I will be getting one as soon as they are back in stock along with the rest of the UK parents who like me decided not to bother in time for Christmas – BAD decision.

Apps

The Leap Pad 2 bought as it is has 5 apps on it and any child receiving this fabulous toy will happily have plenty to keep them occupied with but you will see that as they become more domesticated with their new gadget they will want more challenges and here the Leap Frog App centre comes into it’s own. I shall be writing a separate post on the apps available as we download them and use them