Our original LeapPad is still going strong, so when I was given the opportunity to review the new LeapPad3 I thought it would be fun to see how much it has improved. I was impressed! The LeapPad3 is as durable as ever, but more responsive and faster with a better camera. It has built-in Wi-Fi that parents can turn on to download apps and track kids’ progress. The Wi-Fi can then be left on or turned off for while kids are using the tablet. I leave ours on, since the LeapPad3 has a child-safe search function that I really like. My kids are starting to want to look things up on the computer, but I haven’t found a filter that I completely trust for regular computer searches. On the LeapPad3 I can let my kids search away, knowing that they won’t find anything inappropriate. My kids are especially fond of the cat videos!
All of the apps that we have for our original LeapPad transferred over without any trouble. Like previous LeapPads, you are limited to LeapFrog apps, which you have to pay for. They do tend to be well-designed, and the tablet comes with enough apps to keep your kids busy so that you only need to buy extras if you want to. The camera is better (although there is still room for improvement there). It is nice to have a still and video camera that the kids can play around with, and they like that there is both a front and back camera. The LeapPad3 has a built-in battery, so no more worrying about having AA batteries (or about kids taking the cover off the batteries). The battery life seems pretty good – I haven’t timed it, but so far we are not charging it very often!
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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