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InnoTab vs LeapPad

Updated on January 11, 2014

InnoTab vs LeadPad

InnoTab vs LeapPad - Which one is better? Tablets for Kids are the Top Selling Educational Toys for kids this year. InnoTab by Vtech and LeapPad by LeapFrog are the most popular tablets for kids ages 4 to 7 years old. Parents who are getting tired of letting kids play with their expensive Ipads find these electronic devices for kids to be great toy substitutes for the real Ipad. If you landed on this page, you are probably trying to decide which tablet for kids to buy. I have done the research for you and will help you make the right decision. This article compares the first version of these electronic devices for children. Be sure to also visit InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2 for a side by side comparison of the second versions of the toy electronic devices.

InnoTab 1 vs LeapPad 1

*Both, Vtech and Leapfrog offer tablets in 2 color options: 1 in girly colors and 1 in boy colors.

*LeapFrog recommends their version of the kids tablet for ages 4 to 8 years old, and VTech advertises their tablet for ages 4 - 9.

*LeapPad has built-in camera and video recorder but can't play MP3s

*InnoTab has MP3 music player, photo viewer and video player but lacks the option of taking pictures and recording videos.

*LeapPad may be a better choice for Leapster owners who already own Leapster games. Leapster Games can be shared on two LeapPads, and that's major savings if you are buying tablets for siblings.

*If your child already has a Kidizoom camera by Vtech, InnoTab may be a better choice

*Amazon customers seem to be more satisfied with the quality of LeapFrog Tablet vs InnoTab. But Innotab has plenty of good reviews as well.

I strongly recommend that you click on the products below and read customer reviews. It will help you understand the advantages and the drawbacks of both products and decide which tablet is better for your kids.

According to, LeapFrog's LeapPad is Rated Most Fun Overall, Vtech's InnoTab Has Best Games.

From personal experience, I can tell you that LeapPad is one of the best toys for kids ever! I was thrilled to learn that not only can you download games and ebooks (LeapPad has a built-in LeapFrog Tag System), but you can also download flash cards, including Flash Cards with Spanish Words (the Flash card app is only $5). The downside of LeapPad is that it does eat up batteries, so LeapPad adapter or rechargable batteries is the way to go. Be ready to spend some time online to download apps and make the LeapPad ready to use, although it took me only 15-20 mins of setup time with my Highspeed Internet. LeapPad comes with 4 apps (3 already chosen for you and 1 of your choice), but you have to go online to download them.

Be sure to also visit InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2 for a side by side comparison of new InnoTab 2 and LeapPad 2.

LeapPad on Youtube

Main advantage of VTech's Innotab over Leapfrog's LeapPad

The main and very substantial advantage of InnoTab over LeapPad is that it has an MP3 Player and a Video player. LeapPad does have a video player that only plays downloaded apps. InnoTab has a slot for SD card, and you can easily transfer photos and videos from a computer to the SD card, and then view the videos on the InnoTab. However, according to one of the product reviewers on Amazon, there are no controls for the video player, so you can't pause a movie - only stop it and watch it from the beginning. I strongly recommend that you read the product reviews for the product below (simply click on the product to read an excellent product review by ChicoTheCop). InnoTab may be the right option for kids who have Kidizoom cameras.

VTech Kidizoom Camera - Pink - 2010 Version
VTech Kidizoom Camera - Pink - 2010 Version

If you already have a Kidizoom Camera, you can view videos and photos taken with the camera on InnoTab tablet.


Games and Apps

Compare the pricing of LeapPad vs InnoTab Games. LeapPad games used to be cheaper than the InnoTab games, but with growing demand for LeapPads and software, prices have been going up. Apps and games can also be downloaded online. You can save money and purchase $20 App Center Download Card for as low as $12-15.

LeapFrog and VTech App center download cards

LeapPad has an extensive growing library of games and apps compatible with both, LeapPad and Leapster Explorer System. LeapPad comes with several pre-loaded apps, and you can download additional Apps by using LeapFrog App Center Download Card credit. LeapPad works with Leapster games, so if you already have the Leapster gaming system, you child will be able to play Leapster games on LeapPad. is the best place to get an Apps Card at a discount. You can often get $20 worth of apps for only $10-$15. You can also buy InnoTab app card online, I have seen them for as low as $10.

LeapFrog App Center $20 Digital Download Card
LeapFrog App Center $20 Digital Download Card

$20 credit to use towards learning games, digital books, videos and more to download to your Leapster Explorer or LeapPad Explorer from the LeapFrog App Center.

VTech Learning Application Download Card (works with InnoTab, MobiGo, and V.Reader)
VTech Learning Application Download Card (works with InnoTab, MobiGo, and V.Reader)

$20 to use towards games for InnoTab tablets. Please note that the reviews of the card are pretty negative due to the cards not working and little to no help from VTech Tech support.


VTech Kids tablet Accessories

These are must-have accessories that will help you protect the electronic devices and help you save money on batteries.

Kids tablet accessories from LeapFrog

Please note that the AC adapter doesn't charge the device - it only allows you to power your LeapFrog learning game system from an outlet.

LeapPad or InnoTab

Which Tablet for Kids will you be buying?

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Free LeapPad Apps

You can get 2 free LeapPad apps by redeeming these codes at the Leapfrog App Store:

The Book of Super Awesome Stuff: 5813-1140-1518-1413

Alphabet Stew Game:


No need to add the app to the cart. Just connect the Leappad to the computer and go to the app store. Find the Redeem code button and enter the 2 codes.

Kindle Fire HD - Good tablet for kids ages 5 and older

If you are looking for a real tablet (not a toy) but are not ready to spend $500 on an Ipad, you will be pleased with a Kindle Fire HDX Tablet with Wi-Fi that is similar to Ipad in many ways for half the price of an Ipad. This tablet is also a great option for kids ages 5 and older if you are concerned that they may outgrow LeapPad or InnoTab too soon. I know quite a few kids ages 5 to 12 who own Kindle fire, and they love the variety of apps available, the web browser, the mp3 player, and the books they can dowload and read on the device. The new Kindle Fire HDX also has a camera for Skyping or taking pictures.

Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

If $200+ seems to be a little too much to spend on a toy, let me assure you that Kindle Fire is well worth the money when compared to InnoTab or LeapPad - you will save the $ on batteries and games (many apps are free or only $1-$5), and it is less likely to turn into a toy that will be laying around when your child gets older. You may also want to consider the more affordable Kindle Fire HD. If you do decide to go with a Kindle Fire tablet, make sure to get the one without the special offers.


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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 5 years ago

      It is hard to choose one, i would prefer both InnoTab and LeapPad. Blessed :)

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      imagia77 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens! I am on the fence and trying to figure out which is best for what my son likes. Knowing that i can put mp3s on the innotab is even more of a bonus. We have an ixl and he loves listening to the mp3s loaded on it.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Back here to check the difference between the InnoTab and LeapPad. Am thinking of buying one of these for my niece. These are great for kids rather than letting them use the more expensive adult tablets. Thanks for this review. Stay blessed!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Casey, LeapPad has 2GB (2048 MB) of memory. As for the LeapPad Apps sizes, here are a few examples: 72-minute Dora Video ($7.50) - 153 MB, Disney Tangled Game ($25) - 65 MB, Disney Fairies Ultra Ebook $20(with games) - 119 MB, Kidz Bop 21 with 14 songs ($10) - 63 MB. You can buy a $20 App card for $12-$15 (link above). We have had LeapPad for over a year. Great toy! And Yes, you can download InnoTab games from internet. In fact, you can download them wirelessly on InnoTab 2s.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anyone with a leap pad can you tell me how the storage is? About how many books/games can be stored on them? I like the idea that the InnoTab has ability for a SD card for extra storage. Also does anyone know with the Innotab, can you download games/books from internet or do you have to use the cartlidges? Thanks I just cant decide which one is better.

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      GiftIdeas4Guys 5 years ago

      Got my 3 year old the innotab 2 for xmas this year.

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My kids started off on the leap pads. They are great.

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @anonymous: At this time, there are plenty of games offered for leappad, leappad 2, innotab, and innotab 2.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm in love with the Frog

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      which is has more educational games for older children, leappad 2 or innotab 2?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you. I don't like the mp3 music offered from leappad. I just can't listen to elmo anymore! Very great that innotab lets you have more choices! I will get it and put on music from itunes!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's great to hear! Thank you so much for sharing your review of InnoTab :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was a difficult decision for me. In the end, I decided to go with the Innotab (mainly because I am a penny pincher and it was the less expensive option of the two). My daughter absolutely loves it. I personally think the games are a bit boring, but I am not 4 years old. The interactive e-books are neat, probably one of my daughters favorite features (not all of them are interactive). I love, love, love that I can load MP3's and videos onto the Innotab. I was able to load songs from my iTunes account, but you first need to convert them to MP3 format before loading. This can easily be done through your account. I was also able to load several of my daughters favorite TV shows on the Innotab, however this requires the end user to have ablility to record videos and covert them to AVI format. There several free AVI converter software on the internet. I had to purchase a SD card for additional storage for the pictures, MP3 and video's, but they are inexpensive and provide more storage than the leappad. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Great review! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Buchamar 6 years ago

      This is great content for all! I review educational kids apps on my lens' - Come visit!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @ladykida: Why did u choose leap pad?

      I still can't decide.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 2 year old Brother already has an InnoTab and he not to shabby with it! My soon to be 4 Nephew has a harder time with it than my baby brother, go figure?! I guess since my Nephew hasn't had much time with an InnoTab, its not much of a surprise. But it is fustrating for him a little, because he already doesn't like to lose.

      Oh well, practice makes perfect and my baby brother continues to amaze me, InnoTab or not!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      You write a great review. I think if I were looking for a gift like this for a little one that this would have been very helpful. Blessings by this angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great reviews, and a little angel dust for helping relieve the stress of making this decision with your excellent research!

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      MCB2011 6 years ago

      Thanks for the lens, I like your research.

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      My wife and I are a big time fan of leapster, but to be honest, maybe I live under a rock, but I've never heard of InnoTab! So we will be checking those out for sure.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      @ladykida: LeapPad was my first choice when they were selling for $99. At this time, InnoTab seems to be a better deal. Although I am a big fan of LeapFrog...

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      My vote is LeapPad

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      @anonymous: LeapPad game library is certainly more extensive. There are at least 9 different games available for InnoTab, and I am sure there will be more available next year.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It seems LeapPad has a much larger selection of games and e-books. I only see 5 choices with InnoTap and Many, Many choices with LeapPad. Can anyone verify this? That would be my deciding factor.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      This might be just the thing for some of our young family members this Christmas. Thanks for the suggestion.


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