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InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2

Updated on August 23, 2017
InnoTab 2 or LeapPad 2?
InnoTab 2 or LeapPad 2?

Vtech InnoTab 2 vs LeapFrog LeapPad 2The kids tablets have had an upgrade - but which is still the best?

The Vtech - LeapFrog debate is almost becoming an annual event; here featuring InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2. Previously, my website InnoTab Interactive Learning Tablet vs LeapPad Explorer was one of the most popular sites on the Internet looking at both the InnoTab and LeapPad, and became a recommended reference and authority for parents. This success was largely down to the tens-of-thousands of visitors who helped shape its contents and provide an invaluable source of advice. If you were one of those visitors, then thank you.

So, I decided that InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2 was worthy of another round of analysis. Both Vtech and LeapFrog have made improvements to the original tablets - and both have certainly come up with the goods. If you thought the decision on the first installment was difficult enough, then I can promise you that InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2 is going to be even harder!

Vtech InnoTab 2
Vtech InnoTab 2 | Source

What's new on the Vtech InnoTab 2?

The difference between the InnoTab and InnoTab 2

This is the InnoTab 2 from Vtech. Straight away, you can see that there's been some re-styling of the original InnoTab. The tablet has a fresher look, there are more buttons, the built-in speaker has moved to one corner and there's something new on the top... could it be that they've added a camera, just like on the LeapPad?

Well, the answer to that question is yes. One of the major niggles of the original InnoTab was the lack of a digital photo/video camera, being one of the features of rival tablet, the LeapPad. This is the biggest obvious addition to the InnoTab 2 and Vtech have put it to good use - not only does it record both photos and video, but it rotates, so images can be captured from both front and back.

The InnoTab 2 also includes a built-in microphone (somewhat obvious, if you've added the ability to record video). Inside, Vtech have also increased the amount of onboard memory, from the original 64MB to a more useful 2GB. But don't panic - they haven't done away with the SD card slot for memory expansion.

Here's a breakdown of the key technical specifications of the InnoTab 2:

  • 5-inch color touch screen with graphics capability and tilt sensor
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Integrated digital photo/video camera which can be rotated for front-and-back image capture
  • 2GB onboard memory with SD/SDHC card slot for additional storage up to 32GB
  • Connects to PC/Mac with included USB cable
  • The InnoTab 2S, includes Wi-Fi capability to allow secure downloading of apps direct from the Vtech website

InnoTab 2S

This Wi-Fi version enables a secure connection to content on the Vtech Learning Lodge Navigator, where kids can browse for apps that they'd like and create a wishlist. The wishlist can then be sent from the InnoTab 2S to a parent's email. Accessing the wishlist from a home pc, tablet or smartphone, parents can then complete the purchase for Wi-Fi download to the InnoTab 2S.

The learning apps that come with the InnoTab 2:

  • Personalize your InnoTab 2

    Personalize the InnoTab 2 for up to four users. Children can choose their own individual photo wallpapers, user names, avatars, written messages and voice greetings. A great idea - as long as the kids are willing to share their InnoTab 2!

  • E-Book reader

    Interactive e-books help children learn comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation. WIth stories based on children's favorite characters, reading comes to life with full color animation, sound and music. E-books include a pop-up dictionary to help with understanding words and following the story context.

  • Creative activities and multimedia apps

    Children can exercise their artistic talents with the art-studio app. Here they can draw their own pictures using fingers or the included stylus, then color them in and bring them to life by viewing them from side-to-side. Take photos and make home movies with the built-in camera and then play them back, or maybe just listen to some favorite music, all through the pre-installed media players.

  • Even more apps and games to download

    By connecting the InnoTab 2 to the Vtech Learning Lodge Navigator, via home computer, children (and parents) will have access to hundreds of educational apps, e-books, games and activities to download. Parents can set up an account with the Learning Lodge and use it to follow their children's progress on a variety of lessons and educational milestones.

See what the new Vtech InnoTab 2 has to offer - This is the promotional video from Vtech - now including details on the InnoTab 2s:

What I think is exciting about the InnoTab 2

Upon release of the InnoTab 2, I was really impressed with what Vtech had done to improve on the original InnoTab. It's clear that they've listened to feedback, taken note of what was happening with other kids tablets and then responded with something as good, if not better, than the rest.

The addition of the built-in camera is always going to be a selling point, but the fact that it rotates as opposed to having two individual front and back cameras, is a nice touch.

Vtech have kept the SD/SDHC card slot for memory expansion up to 32GB, so you've got all that space to store your kids favorite movies, music and treasured creations. The increase of onboard memory up to 2GB is a welcome addition in terms of usability without an SD card.

The built-in microphone is another new addition. However, what makes it more interesting than just being able to record sound, is that Vtech have developed a range of new games apps that use the microphone as an additional input device to control the action. New apps will also be available that use the InnoTab 2 camera for augmented reality gaming. Here, kids will be able to interact with characters that are superimposed onto the real world, as seen through the camera and displayed on the tablet screen.

Most exciting of all is the InnoTab 2S, which includes built-in Wi-Fi. Using this, kids and parents will be able to visit the Vtech website directly, without the need to connect to a pc, for secure downloading of apps straight to the InnoTab 2. Details of how the Wi-Fi connection is used are shown in the Vtech video above.

Get Your Hands on the Vtech InnoTab 2 / 2S - What's in the box and the optional extras:

The InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet comes with photo/video/MP3 players and the other apps described above, stylus, USB cable and instruction manual. It requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included.

The InnoTab 2 is compatible with the range of games cartridges for the original InnoTab. Additional individual games and apps can be downloaded separately from the Vtech Learning Lodge.

As with the LeapPad 2 there's a variety of accessories to accompany the InnoTab 2, ranging from carry cases to battery packs and AC adapters.

Give us your opinion: InnoTab 2 or LeapPad 2 - But if you have any questions, please use the Comments and Questions section further down this page. Thank you.

Which learning app tablet do you think is now the best?

LeapFrog LeapPad 2
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 | Source

What's new on the LeapFrog LeapPad 2?

The difference between the original LeapPad and the LeapPad 2

This is the LeapPad 2 from LeapFrog. Looking at it, you'd be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed from the original LeapPad, in comparison to the InnoTab transformation. However, there are a number of key enhancements that make the LeapPad 2 better than the LeaPad, and this is what LeapFrog have really focused on - refining what they already know works well.

Like the InnoTab 2, the LeapPad 2 has gone for front-and-back image capture, by adding a front-facing camera to compliment the already exising camera on the back. Not content with just doing this, they've also increased the resolution of both cameras up to 2MP.

Further increases include the amount of onboard memory, up from 2GB to 4GB, an increase in processor speed and an increase in robustness. Yes, to take account of the fact that the LeapPad 2 now has a recommended age range starting from 3 years, the internal bracing has been beefed up to make it more durable.

Here's a list of the key features of the LeapFrog LeapPad 2:

  • 5-inch touch screen with graphics capability supporting tap, flick and drag actions
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Front-and-back facing 2MP photo/video cameras
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Access to the LeapFrog website when connected via PC/Mac with included USB cable

Learning apps on the LeapPad 2:

  • LeapFrog Learning Songs

    LeapFrog Learning Songs is one of two apps that come pre-installed on the LeapPad 2. There are five songs included, each having a theme to help children learn subjects like the alphabet, numbers and more as they follow the song and sing along.

  • Pet Pad

    Pet Pad is the second of the pre-installed games apps on the LeapPad 2. Children can create and nurture their very own virtual pets. As the children learn to write different letters, their pets in turn can learn new tricks.

  • Art Studio

    The Art Studio app comes at no extra cost, but requires an Internet connection to download. Once the LeapFrog Connect application has been installed and registration of the LeapPad 2 has been completed, the remaining free apps can be downloaded. The Art Studio allows children to draw, paint and color their own masterpieces.

  • Cartoon Director

    Cartoon Director is another of the free apps that requires download from the LeapFrog website. Children can create, direct and narrate the action in their very own cartoons. By adding photos taken with the LeapPad 2 camera, they can even include themselves as characters.

  • Downloads from the LeapFrog App Center

    One further free app download is available from a choice of apps, once the LeapPad 2 has been registered with the LeapFrog website. You will also have access to hundreds of other games apps and activities for the LeapPad 2, for which prices will vary. In addition, parents can make use of the LeapFrog Learning Path to check on their child's progress and achievements against learning targets.

Watch the new LeapPad 2 in action - The promotional video from LeapFrog:

What I think is exciting about the LeapPad 2

I think that the transition from LeapPad to LeapPad 2 can be described as subtle, but noticeable. The tablet looks pretty much the same as the original, and the philosophy has clearly been to make what may be the best that little bit better.

The addition of a front-facing camera was probably inevitable, but an increase in the pixel count to 2MP is a nice refinement. Sure, it's not going to rival many of the digital cameras integrated into adult tablets and smartphones, but for a kids tablet it certainly adds more quality.

I was surprised that LeapFrog didn't opt for an additional card slot for memory expansion, as this is one of the big selling points of the InnoTab. However, an increase in the onboard memory to 4GB on the LeapPad 2 is a step in the right direction and should be enough for most kids needs.

Another example of being what's inside that matters, is the faster processor. This is good, as it leads to the development of more processor-intensive games, which can only mean one thing - more fun! On top of this, the LeapPad 2 will also benefit from turning on quicker, loading apps quicker and gameplay being that much smoother.

FInally, a more robust construction to the LeapPad 2 for its new recommended age range of 3-9 years (which incidentally, is the same as the new InnoTab 2). This was always going to be welcome for something handled by this age group, carried around and taken to school, fought over with siblings, etc. One of the strengths of LeapFrog products that I've heard from many parents, is that they last.

Get your hands on a LeapFrog LeapPad 2 - What's in the box and some optional extras:

The LeapFrog LeapPad 2 comes with stylus, five apps (an Internet connection is needed to access some of the apps, which are provided free), USB cable and instruction manual.

The LeapPad 2 requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included, and is compatible with the LeapPad 2 Recharger Pack which is also sold separately.

The LeapPad 2 is compatible with the range of LeapFrog Explorer games cartridges. In addition, once connected via a home computer, you can download even more eBooks, videos, music, creativity studios and games from the LeapPad App Center.

Disclaimers:

The information presented on this site is based on that provided in the manufacturer's literature and that of their retail agents. The author cannot guarantee that there will be no variations of specification, contents, games etc., for actual products purchased.

The information contained in the replies to any of the comments and questions submitted to this site is provided 'as is', and is based on the experiences and opinions of the site author and data available on the Internet. The site author cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information from Internet sources, or that manufacturer's data may not change without notice. However, reasonable effort is taken in providing correct information at the time of writing. Any opinions are those of the site author. The site author is not connected in any way with either Vtech or LeapFrog.

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      Great work! You did your homework.

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      janey126 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,

      Is it possible to download to my computer the pictures and videos that my children have taken using the LeapPad2 camera ?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Alejandro, thanks for the question.

      I'm afraid you can currently only watch the movies you download from LeapFrog. However, they've got an impressive collection (that keeps growing) which features many kids favorites and lots of educational content. In this respect, the videos at the LeapPad App Center are specifically geared towards entertainment with a learning element.

      Thanks for visiting,

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi i have a question i have the innotab 2 and my kid love it specially because he can see movies that i put in whit the sd card, can i do the same with the leappad or i can only use the videos in their appstore.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: HI Miraclemommie, thanks for the question.

      It's always a difficult answer to provide when parents ask me to recommend one of these great devices over the other. However, it sounds like you may have the possibility of both your children using the tablet over the coming years so, on this occasion, I'm going to recommend the LeapPad 2.

      The reason for this is that many of the comments and responses I've had from other parents are very positive about the longevity of LeapFrog products, their robustness and the fact that the LeapPad 2 does have a stronger construction by comparison to the original LeapPad.

      This isn't to say that the InnoTab 2 isn't up to the job - it certainly is, but my gut instinct tells me that I think a LeapPad 2 would be more suited to your needs. If you check out the LeapFrog website, you'll be able to see many of the educational apps, games, learning videos and ebooks they have on offer - a number of which featuring Disney characters. You'll also be able to download the MP3 player app, so your son will be able to listen to the music he likes.

      I hope this helps and thank you for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 3 year old Autistic son. I don't know wether to get, a InnoTab 2 or LeapPad2. He loves singing, learning his ABC'S & numbers, and watching things from Disney Junior. I have a hard time being a single mom of him, and a 1 year old daughter with developmental delays. I want something that will keep my son focused, as well as educated. Wich of the 2 would you recommend?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How many apps can a leap pad 2 hold?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Katyh, thanks for the question.

      Yes, you should be able to download photos to a computer once you've connected up the LeapPad.

      If you're feeling social, you can also share them instantly on Facebook (also, once connected).

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Peanut, thanks for the question.

      The InnoTab 2 does have some of its own games, but should also be compatible with the games released for the original InnoTab. So, readers who have an original InnoTab and are buying new games may find that some are only compatible with the InnoTab 2/2S. Do check beforehand.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i was wondering if anyone could tell me if the innotab 2s has it's own games or if it can use games made for the firest generation innotab? I need to know as soon as possible please. anyone can answer this for me as long as they know for sure.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my daughter has taken some lovely photos on her leappad. Is there a way I can print them off? Like put them on computer then print?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: After reading Steve's response...there are ebooks for the older kids, but also for LeapFrog you can set an age level on the profile screen and it will adapt to that range. Hope this helps

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They have some fairly cheap apps (games and ebooks) on the app page on LeapFrog.com. They range from about $5 - $10.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My daughter had an incident of a white screen and I called LeapFrog directly! They were so helpful and wonderful...they may be able to fix or replace. Never hurts to pick up the phone and try!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm so sad, I researched and researched and finally decided on the LeapPad2 for my 5 year old daughter for Christams this year. Today she was listening to music and playing games and the screen broke from tapping it with her styler. I'm beside myself!! I'm in tears. This was supposed to withstand the most abuse but it couldn't take a little tapping from my 5 year old...........Sooooo Disappointed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter is almost 2 1/2. We will be flying to the East Coast in March and I am planning on buying her one of these tablets but I am just so completely torn between the two. Both sound great, do you know which one has a better battery life?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Sean, thanks for the question.

      As far as I'm aware, the transfer of apps and games from cartridges to the actual tablets themselves is not possible.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Debbie, thanks for the question.

      I think either of these tablets would be okay for your son. You'll be able to transfer your own movies onto the InnoTab 2 for him to watch, or select from the range of fun and educational LeapPad movies.

      Check out some of the comments from other parents, either here on this site or on my site from last year (you can find the link in the introduction). There are lots of contributions regarding the suitability, usability and robustness of these devices which may help you decide.

      Thanks for visiting Debbie.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you own a game cartridge for the LP2 is there some way to download onto the pad?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my son will be turning two in feb..will either of these tablets be age appropriate for him....he loves to play apps on my phone and watch movies on the laptop. which one would be more appropriate if any?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Tiara, thanks for the question.

      Your son can transfer his own music onto the InnoTab 2S. You should be able to find how to do this in the User's Manual.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Megan, thanks for the question.

      If you visit the Vtech website, you should be able to find where you can download the User's Manual for the InnoTab 2.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kelly, thanks for the question.

      The InnoTab 2 doesn't actually charge like an iPad, for example. What I think you're referring to is the AC adapter. This will allow the InnoTab to be used without batteries. In the meantime, you'll need batteries in order to use the device.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I WAS WONDERING IF MY SON COULD DOWNLOAD HIS OWN MUSIC ON HIS INNTAB 2S?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yes if u purchase them from leapfrog but they are not full length movies just tv shows

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you should have invested in the innotab 2 they give u 3 free game downloads plus a bilt in game and a game cartridge then u enroll in vtech university which is free and u get 2 more games and a e book plus they have games to purchase for 2.99 and up also u can expand the memory and and your own videos u own or download straight from youtube for free it is very easy for children to use and navigate i bought one for my 2 year old and he has not put it down since he got it a week b4 Christmas only thing is u should invest in rechargeable batteries which i did because regular batteries only last maybe 2 or 3 hours of continuous play but the rechargables lst all day long and i just charge them when he goes to bed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been trying to figure out how to use the innotab 2 for about 2 hours! my daughters father got it for her for christmas and didn't give me the book with it just the disc and the cord. I am trying to put movies and music on it for her but every time i try they don't show up on the innotab. I have tried it many different ways including an sd card. what am i doing wrong?? I am so frustrated! a kids toy should not be this hard to figure out!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi i have ordered the charger for the innotab2 is there any way i can charge it until i receive the charger? does the usb lead charge it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, i have been looking into the Nabi2, Innotab2, Leappad2, and MobiGo2 for my two boys (3 and 2). My 3 year old is Autistic and the 2 year old is developmentally delayed, so we having been looking into educational toys for them to encourage their learning. The 3 year old is a very visual learner so this definitely sounded like the way to go. All the features are fairly similar though and with them being little and a bit behind some things arent a big factor for me. Money for the device and the applications or games is a factor and if the said apps or games are age appropriate. I know the Innotab2 shows more games for small children from 1-3 but Im not sure about the leappad2, and the Nabi2 is a normal tablet so obviously I can get more out of it, but it is the most expensive too. So just looking for any advice to help sway me in one direction or another.

      Thanks!

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Juliet, thanks for the question.

      You'll need to check out the LeapFrog website and LeapPad App Center to see if there are any free games or apps available that your kids would like. You may find some, or you may find that there are at least some offers that reduce the price.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Matty, thanks for the question.

      You can download LeapFrog movies from the LeapFrog App Center to play on the LeapPad 2. They have a good selection of fun and educational movies on offer there.

      Unfortunately, you can't currently download your own movies onto the LeapPad 2.

      I hope this helps,

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Cindy, thanks for the question.

      Other than to suggest referring to the user manual (troubleshooting section) or frequently asked questions on the Vtech website, I'm afraid I'm unable to offer technical support. If you still can't get the InnoTab 2 to work correctly, then you'll need to contact Vtech directly about this.

      Thanks for visiting,

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Rachel, thanks for the question.

      Both the InnoTab and LeapPad have good writing apps. If you look below at my reply to Becky's question (from 20th December), I point her in the direction of the apps areas of the Vtech and LeapFrog websites, where you can see many of the games and apps available for these devices. If you check them out, you should be able to find a description of what each game/app teaches or a description its educational benefits.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Dana, thanks for the question.

      In my opinion, I would consider an Android tablet that is specifically geared towards children, such as the NABI or MEEP Pad. A number of parents are choosing these tablets over the InnoTab and LeapPad.

      Having said that, I would also check out the Vtech and LeapFrog websites to see which apps they have available there for your son's age - you may find something suitably challenging. Ultimately, it's a decision you both have to make, based on how much mileage you think you'll get out of the device.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Are there any free apps? I just bought one leappad2 and so far I have been very disappointed. The kids are going to run out of things to do on here! The apps are so expensive!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can u download movies to leappad 2

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey I bought the innotab 2 for my daughter but as soon as i turned it on, the screen did not react to touch.in other words it is as if it were frozen. is it faulty or is there somo button I need to press for it to world properly?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you miss jenn, I was wondering if I would be able to download the games I purchased to both of my kids' leappads. Sounds like I can! Really didn't want to buy two of every game.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Which tablet has the bet writing app ? I am working on writing letters for my son.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son is 7. He is multiplying and diving and he reads on a 3rd or 4th grade level. He is in the second grade and not challeged at all. What apps would u suggest for him? He received this as a Christmas present and Im thinking of giving it to someone else because everything I've seen seems below his level. Thanks in advanced. Dana G.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Simba, I apologize for not having replied to your question sooner, but I was kinda hoping for some more of my visitors to help you out with this one.

      It's a difficult decision to make when you're considering buying one of these devices, knowing that the higher end of the recommended age range is not far away.

      I would definitely visit the Vtech and LeapFrog websites, in particular the apps areas for the InnoTab and LeapPad, to see what they have to offer in terms of ebooks for 6+.

      It sounds like your son is a good reader so, with all the other features that either of these devices have, it's really a question of how much mileage you think he'll get out of one. I'm afraid that's a decision only you (and he) can make.

      My advice would be to do a little more research if you can and also consider one of the new Android tablets that are specifically geared towards children, such as the NABI or MEEP Pad. A number of parents are choosing these devices over the InnoTab and LeapPad.

      I hope this helps and thank you for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Becky, thanks for the question.

      If you check out the "Give us your opinion" section about halfway up this site, you'll see that I've posted a reply to Lexi on the left-hand side (Vtech InnoTab 2). If you copy and paste the addresses for Vtech and LeapFrog there into your browser, they'll take you to the apps areas of each of the manufacturer's websites. There you'll be able to see many of the games and apps they have available, grouped into different sections. Against each app there should be a brief description of what the app teaches.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Sharon, thanks for the question.

      In my opinion, they're about as good as each other. But, from the experiences of many parents who have contributed to my sites, LeapFrog products are considered to be slightly more robust. So, you may wish to try the LeapPad out on the youngest.

      However, since you have both, why not let them both try each one for a while and find which one they are happiest using.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Aw c'mon Santa. Seeing as you and the elves made these things, you should know ;-)

      Merry Christmas,

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter is 4 and a half and I am looking into getting her the VTech Innotab 2, but my delima is this, I was an app or a game that can help teach her her letters and I can't seem to find a game that lists teaching the alphabet, can you tell me in there is a game that I can buy if so which one or an app that I can download and again which one that might be? I know that leappad has some things geared towards letters. So I make the switch and get a leappad 2 instead?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 3 year old and a 7 year old. i bought 1 of each. which is better for my older daughter?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i need to know which one is better

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @nangaye-steve: My daughters (ages 4 and almost 7) have a Leap Pad and Leap Pad 2, respectively. I do not have any Innotab products so I don't have an opinion about them. I can tell you that the Leap Pad tablets have been great so far. The Pet Pad application that comes free with either the Leap Pad or Leap Pad 2 is great for learning ABCs and also how to write them! Leap Frog has quite a few Ultra E-Books which grow with your child's reading level. The best part is that if you download a game to one tablet you can also download it to the other one, free. There are also some good math games for this tablet series as well. You'll have to check out their website to see which ones are suitable for your daughter's learning level.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Denise, thanks for the question.

      This is one that I'm afraid I don't know the answer to. I wasn't aware that there was a French version of the InnoTab 2 (at least not having that as the main language). I would be really grateful if you could correct me on this, as I've had a few other visitiors interested in foreign language versions of these tablets.

      As for whether a French InnoTab 2 would play English language cartridges, I can only assume that it would, but to be 100% sure my advice would be to contact Vtech directly and ask them.

      Thanks for visiting Denise,

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The vtect is better. It has pics like the LPad but the LPad needs to download music, the Innopad2 has music installed already. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son is in kinder. but reads at 1st grade. Are these devices suitable for reading ebooks at the 2nd and 3rd grade level?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi DJ, thanks for the question.

      That's the "MP3 Player App" you're looking for.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If i bought the french innotab2 for my son,will it play english cartridges? In english? I would love to have the option to have the french tablet but be able to play some english cartridges in it. Makes for good learning to have 2 languages. I don,t mean the apps and stuff,just the cartridges? Thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What is the name of the app for you to download your own music to the Leap pad 2

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am leaning more toward the LeapPad for my daughter. The games and books are pretty even between both systems, but the downloadable content is where LeapPad shines. There are so many different apps, including language learning apps, that Vtech doesn't have. With everything else being so even between th two, the apps really stand out.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Baz, thanks for the questions and for the kind words about the site.

      Firstly, the LeapPad 2 does play videos - but only LeapFrog content which you can download through their app center. They've got a good selection of fun and educational movies to cater for the age range covered by that device.

      As for the InnoTab 2, you'll be able to transfer your own movies onto that tablet to watch. The compatible file type is described in the answer I gave to Claire Simons' question from way back on 11th Sept (at least it seems a long time ago!). You can find it by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and hitting the "Load More" link. You'll probably need to do this a couple of times to get back to the questions from that date, but all the information you need should be there.

      I think that the volume on either of these tablets is pretty good for the type of device they are. They also have a headphone socket, should you wish for a little privacy but, unfortunately, neither have an external microphone socket - I was asked this by another parent whose daughter loved to sing along to music.

      Finally, although I do have a favorite between the InnoTab 2 and LeapPad 2, I have to remain unbiased, which means that secret is staying safe with me ;-) But having said that, one of the reasons why so many parents have difficulty choosing between both of these tablets, is that they are so comparable. In many ways, you can't really choose between them.

      I hope this help and thanks for visiting Baz.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, great website and coverage, thx!

      I have a couple of questions regarding these 2 tablets. My daughter is 3 and a half years old, she loves singing to music and she loves to watch movies, i usually let her watch avi/xvid movies on my laptop. My first question is regarding playing music and video, i know the leapad does not play video files, but does the innotab? and if so which file types are compatible? could i for example transfer an xvid of disneys toy story for my daughter to watch on the innotab? also i heard the volume on the innotab is not great when watching movies on it, can you confirm this? my other question is what is your honest opinion on which is the better tablet taking into consideration the mp3/video situation as well as other features?

      Thanks so much - Baz.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Hmenchaca, thanks for the question.

      I'm afraid the InnoTab 2 and LeapPad 2 are English language devices, but there are a number of foreign language apps available for them. If you check out the apps areas of the Vtech and LeapFrog websites, you'll be able to see some of the foreign language titles that are compatible with the InnoTab or LeapPad.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Karla, thanks for the question.

      The Wi-Fi on the InnoTab 2 allows for a secure connection to the Vtech site, from which you can download apps after purchase. There are a few more details on how this works above.

      As the InnoTab 2 doesn't have a web browser like, say, an iPad, you can't use it to access content like YouTube or watch other streaming video.

      As for free apps, in addition to those that you'll be entitled to as part of the purchase, there are normally a few free apps available for both the InnoTab and LeapPad - you'll need to check out the Vtech and LeapFrog download areas to see what titles these include. Otherwise, I'm afraid the apps do come at a price. The price does vary depending on the content so, again, you'd need to check with the manufacturers directly for details there.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting Karla.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am so confused as to which to buy for my 3 and 4 year old kids. I have a Leapfrog Leappad 2 and an original Leappad on layaway and happened upon this site today which I'm thankful for because I have to pick them up tomorrow. But now I'm wondering if the Innotab 2S may be better for us? My kids love movies and we have wifi at our house so it would probably benefit us best, right? Do you have to purchase all the apps that you download for both devices or are the apps free to download? Thank you for creating a site like this for us confused parents.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 4 and 5 yr old who use IPads in school and play ps3. Simply which is the best value for them to learn and be able to have fun at the same time. Not looking to spend a ton of money on these either

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      does this come in some other language??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hii. I have a 4-year old sister that knows her ABC's and already knows how to interpret books by looking at pictures. She is a little more advanced for her age than other kids amd she is starting Kindergarten next year and we wanted to know what tablet is best for her. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Claire, thanks for the question.

      If you're thinking about downloading games and apps straight to the device, then you'd be able to do this with the InnoTab 2S, but not the LeapPad 2.

      Like in my answer to Savannah's question above, you can find an overview of how this works further up this page.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Savannah, thanks for the question.

      It's just the InnoTab 2S that has the Wi-Fi function. Further up this page I provide an overview of what the Wi-Fi connection allows you to do.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      does the the LeapPad 2 have wifi or is it just the Innotab

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi steve i am thinking about buying one of these two computers but which one does not connect to the internet without having a proper computer?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Margo, thanks for the question.

      As far as I'm aware, you can use any compatible set of headphones with either of these devices.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Steve, I have a question for you. I just bought two leappad2's for my son & daughter, and I want to buy the headsets, however the LeapFrog headsets got bad reviews. The vtech headphones got good reviews. Can I use the vtech headphones on their leappad2's?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @brittany-robinson-180: Hi Brittany, thanks for the question.

      Both the InnoTab 2 and LeapPad 2 provide an excellent choice of apps and games to help children learn the alphabet, math, colors and creating their own artwork. As for movies, the InnoTab 2 is able to play content downloaded from the Vtech Learning Lodge and also your own movies, provided they are converted to a compatible format (you'll find more details of this in the InnoTab 2 user manual). The LeapPad 2 doesn't yet have the ability to play your own movies, but does have a very good range of fun and educational videos available to download from LeapFrog. If you check out either of the manufacturer's websites, you'll be able to see many of the apps and games available for these devices.

      I hope this helps and thank you for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Alan, thanks for the question.

      I'm not sure of the amount of French language apps and games available for the InnoTab 2, and I'm pretty certain that any cartridge or downloaded app should work on any InnoTab. However, my advice would be for you to check with Vtech just to be 100% sure. I've had a few questions like this before, where people have wondered if they could use either of these tablets and/or the games if they had been purchased from different countries. In these cases, I've always advised that the manufacturers would be able to provide a definitive answer.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kim, thanks for the question.

      Yes, both these tablets can be used without an Internet connection. You'll need to purchase the apps and game cartridges and use those. I'd say that it was better to have an Internet connection if you were thinking about getting either the InnoTab or LeapPad, because you can then take advantage of the greater range of apps and games available to download.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Stacey, thanks for the question.

      The InnoTab 2 you've got certainly sounds like it's eating power!

      Unfortunately, I can't really say whether there's a fault with it or what specifically may be wrong. My only advice here would be to contact Vtech directly and ask them. They will certainly be able to help you with this.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      is my innotab 2 faulty ive put new batterys in

      and there dead already in about 10 mins ive used 8 batteries is this right !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can either the innotab 2 or the leapfrog leapPad uses the apps without internet connection

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      brittany-robinson-180 4 years ago

      I have a 2 year old daughter and i want to get her a pad but i don't no what one to come and I am try to get the best one to teach her ABC, number, color, and download movies on it also and etc.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are looking for an eBook reader (as opposed to the eBooks that are specially made for these kid's tablets) then these are NOT for you. They will not read PDF files either.

      I'd suggest looking at various Android tablets, like the Nabi 2 - unfortunately they cost more but are aimed for older kids.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For Innotab 2 english version, can it play french game cartridges or french apps (i'm from Canada)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a brother who is both learning disabled and has vision problems...am looking to find a durable tablet device for downloading books as he loves to read...any suggestions as to whether either of these devices would work for him?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Mia, thank you for the question.

      I think that either of these devices would be suitable for your sister. In terms of usability, they are both roughly equivalent, the quality of the apps and games are pretty much the same and, as far as features go, there's little difference between them. This is why many people are having such a hard time deciding between the two.

      Maybe the questions to ask are, what sorts of things does your sister like? Are there any particular learning areas that she needs to focus on? What is it about the iPad that she has difficulty with, and is it something that is likely to be common with any tablet device?

      If you check out the Vtech and LeapFrog websites, you can find out a little more information about the InnoTab and LeapPad. You'll be able to see which apps and games they have to download, what the educational benefits are and more details on their usability. A number of the apps also have preview videos, so you can see what the contents are in action.

      I'm sorry I can't make the decision for you, but I hope this site and my advice points you towards finding something suitable.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Peanut, thanks for the question.

      There are differences between the contents of some of the InnoTab games cartridges and the LeapPad games cartridges and some visitors have commented on this. As for the individual games and apps that are available for download, these are generally equivalent. You can check out the offerings from both Vtech and LeapFrog at the addresses I've provided below in the answer to Medina's question from 14th November.

      The LeapPad certainly has more games and apps than the InnoTab, but I think in this case, it's wise to consider the content and value as well as the choice.

      I'd like to refer you to the "Give us your Opinion" section on this site and also the "Have your Say" section on my site from last year (you can find the link in the introduction to this site), you'll find lots of comments from real parents who have shared their experiences with both products - good and bad.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I have a sister with a disability and basically reads at about a 5 or 6 years old level. Which tablet do you think would be more interesting for her and more basic for her to understand? She does have a ipad but its too advanced for her. Thank you for your time!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello. I have a 3.5 year old and I would like to buy her one of these but I am still so confused on which one to buy. I heard that the games for the leappad 2 are really short and are strictly one type of learning game (reading, math, game). Is this not the case with the innotab 2? Are the games longer and hybrid games? The leappad claims to have 325+ games and apps, is the amount of games and apps that the innotab offers much less than that. And can you tell me what are the most common complaints the costumes have about the leappad2 and innotab2?

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi kelso1980, thanks for the question and for the kind words about the site.

      Movies (say, from a personally owned DVD) can be converted and transferred to the SD card on the InnoTab 2. They can then be played back using the built-in media player. Depending on the capacity of the SD card (up to 32 GB), you should easily be able to store a number of full movies. This number will depend on the card you have installed and the length of the original movies - so in this respect, I can't really provide an answer to how many videos an InnoTab 2 will hold.

      Now, if you scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the "Load More Comments" button (it may take a couple of clicks), you'll find the answer I gave to a similar question by Claire Simons on 11th September. That answer provides details of the video format required for the InnoTab 2 and lists some of the software that you could use to convert the file types.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi T Stewart, thanks for the question.

      The video format for the InnoTab 2 is the same as for the original model. So, I'm afraid it's still going to take a little effort to convert and load movies onto the tablet.

      Currently, the LeapPad 2 can only play videos that have been downloaded from the LeapFrog site. That tablet doesn't yet offer the same functionality in this regard as the InnoTab 2. This means that you won't be able to play the mp4 movies that you can on a Smartphone.

      I'll keep an eye out for any changes to this, or whether LeapFrog develop apps to allow the transfer of other movie types to the LeapPad 2.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Allycia, thanks for the question.

      It sounds like your 2-year old is getting to grips with technology fast! I've had a few comments from parents with kids of similar age, who seem to have decided that one of these tablets would be ideal as a gift and to help them get a head start in learning. In my opinion, if your daughter is okay with using an iPod or a Kindle, then I think she should be okay with either the InnoTab 2 or LeapPad 2.

      It's a common theme that many parents buy these devices so that they can get back their own tablets and, by and large, it seems to work. Check out the apps pages at Vtech and LeapFrog and you'll be able to see some of the apps and games that are available for younger users.

      I hope this helps and thanks for visiting Allycia.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Nicole, thanks for the question. This is an interesting one and for which I'm afraid I don't have much of an answer.

      I'm assuming that your referring to the InnoTab 2 here, as this is a feature advertized in the YouTube video above. Now, not having played one of these types of games, I don't know which ones utilize the microphone. I've had a look at the apps on the Vtech website, but there's not much in the way of a description of whether the games use the microphone or the stylus or your fingers to interact with them. This is interesting, because I'm sure there are kids out there, for a variety of reasons, that may prefer to use a particular input device. If I have the time, I might look into this further and report back.

      In the meantime, my only advice would be to contact Vtech directly on this one. They'll be able to tell you how many games they have of this type and what their contents are.

      Thanks for visiting Nicole.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I know I have seen many questions regarding the use of videos on the InnoTab2s and Leap Pad2 and I understand that only the innoTab2s will hold videos, but what I haven't seen answers to is what type of videos it will hold such as will it hold a full Disney movie, what format the is needed for the InnoTab2s, and how many videos it will hold. So far this has been the most helpful site I have found and I want to Thank you in advance for your response..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found uploading video onto the original Innotab to be a hassle because of the format it used... Has that format changed on the ITab 2? How easy is it to upload video onto the Lpad 2? Does is it take regular mp4 files like from our smart phones? Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a daughter who is 2. I can't seem to decide if at its simplest set up she will be able to work this. She plays with an ipod, iphone, kindle, and droid razr phone almost daily. Knows her games how to play etc. but is it worth the money to buy it for her so she will leave everyone elses electronics alone lol and i can't seem to find a comment or answer relating to her age.

      Thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What games utilize the microphone? I want one for mY son but cannot figure it out. Thanks in advance.

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kristine, thanks for the question.

      The InnoTab 2S allows a connection to the Vtech Learning Lodge where you can access the apps available there. They have a number of Disney titles, but I think that the app you're referring to is one that they don't have. My advice would be to check out the Vtech website and take a look at some of the apps that they have available. I'm sure you'll find more than a few things of interest.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Margo, thanks for the question.

      I don't see any reason why the games wouldn't work on any LeapPad, irrespective of where it was purchased. However, my advice would be to check with LeapFrog just to be 100% sure.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      Steve Charles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Brittney, thanks for the question.

      I'm afraid that the LeapPad 2 doesn't allow you to transfer your own movies onto the device in the same way as the InnoTab 2.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Steve

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you download the Disney junior app on the innotab 2S

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Which is better? I am bought a leapad 1 for my five year old son and wondering if I should buy the leappad 2 instead?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If I buy games for the leap pad 2 in the UK will they work on my granddaughters leap pad in New Zealand ?