For the last few weeks L has been busy putting the LeapPad3 from LeapFrog through it’s paces.
Designed to be the perfect first tablet experience, I was concerned how L would get on with the LeapPad3. He already happily scrolls through the iPad to get to YouTube Kids and enjoys being able to choose what he watching. Of course I’m not too keen on him using our very expensive phones and tablets! He also knows exactly how to exit out of YouTube Kids and go to the main YouTube App which is completely uncensored.
The LeapPad3 is really cool to look at. It’s tough enough to withstand a drop or two. Most importantly it’s fast and performs well. I like that it will grow with your him as he learns. The recommended age range is 3-9 years. He can happily use it now, aged 2 1/2 years old. If I’m being honest though, I cannot see him still being content with it when he is 9 years old.
It comes pre-loaded with several apps and games, L loves the drawing app and his little pet dragon (just the animal he choose, there are quite a few options) and as he gets older there are calendars, clocks and calculators apps which will be useful. The camera has a few filters and stickers he can play with which is fun. Everything is really kid friendly and I love that it’s fun straight out of the box.
The range of games you can buy is amazing. We have been using the online app store. L picked out some Peppa Pig episodes and Thomas the Tank Engine. He has them downloaded so he can watch them without Wi-Fi. We also picked out a great learning game together. There is plenty of content for his age group and we can just get different, more suitable, games and programmes as he gets older. With over 700+ games, apps and videos to choose from in the content library, we’re never going to be short of choice. You can also buy cartridge games that just slot in the side.
With Wi-Fi powered browsing tool LeapSearch, LeapFrog’s in-house learning team approve all content. This means that LeapPad3 is kid-safe straight out of the box. All the content is popped into categories so it’s easy to browse through. I would like the capability to approve content and websites myself. There are a few YouTube videos that he is obsessed with but can’t access through LeapSearch, so he still sometimes asks for the iPad during his screen time.
It has 4GB of memory which is plenty. Especially as you have the choice of downloading content and using cartridge games. We’ve had a lot of fun with the front and back cameras. The battery is rechargeable battery and lasts for ages. Really for ages, it’s incredible! It’s a nice size so we can pop it in our day bag if we are going on a day out. That way he has something to do on long car journeys.
The RRP of £89.99 is a bit more than I would normally consider spending on him. Then I stopped to think and it is a lot less than replacing the iPad should he drop it!
L uses his new LeapPad3 a lot, he really likes how it looks and that it is his. He doesn’t like it when we try to use it and looks after it really well. So nice to see. He loves that he can watch things and play games in the car. He also enjoys looking through all the different videos from LeapSearch when we are at home.
I love that our tech is and our mobile data limits are safe. It is so solid and tough. The stylus is attached so he can’t lose it. The screen resolution is really good for what it is and the battery life is phenomenal. I also like that when family ask for Christmas and Birthday ideas, we can ask for games or they can buy vouchers so that he pick his own things from the content library.
We are really impressed with and love that it is so child friendly.
Disclosure – we were gifted our LeapPad3 in return for our honest review.