Is Leapfrog's Latest Tablet Epic?
As reports circulate of VTech suffering a security breach of millions of children’s passwords, this may be a chance for Leapfrog to steal a march. The Leapfrog Epic is an Android-powered 7 inch child tablet aimed at three to nine-year-olds to challenge models already on the market such as Amazon’s Fire HD junior version as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. The stakes are higher and the starting price (£119.99) is higher but what do you get for your cash?
Good battery life for Epic
In terms of specification, the Epic boasts two megapixel cameras at the back and front as well as a six hour battery life. The Leapfrog models always seemed to fare better on the power up option than their VTech counterparts. The 7 inch touchscreen has a pixel resolution on a par with the original iPad Mini with 16GB of internal storage which can be trebled with a Micro SD card. There is a 1.3GHz processor which is a little slower in relation to the speed of other Android tablets.
Leapfrog software gives Epic the edge
However, it is the software that really gives the Epic an edge, given the pre-existing library of popular apps with brand names from the likes of Disney and popular television series. The two games that come with the machine are from the popular Pet Pad series (PetPadParty) and Stretchy Monkey. On first initiation, there is also a choice of a free app or game. Overall, there are 20 educational and entertainment apps that come with the tablet.
Parental setting controls strong
The home screen is very interactive. There is a good feel of live movement between different areas in the city with day turning into night and changes dependent on the child’s age. The Epic really is very sensitive to both ends of a junior age (the bumper for the device can be removed) , although browsing is still through the manufacturer's LeapSearch, which restricts access to anything other than pre-selected kid-safe content. Although the tablet represents a real step up from the child-like tablets in previous years, there is still sufficient parental control including screen time option with total time, hours of the day usability setting and app category for up to three different user profiles.
The adult tablet at Xmas might not need the hiding place now that the kids might realise that their version is a pretty good comparison with enough difference from previous LeapPads to ensure that it doesn’t feel like a rehash. The only drawback is that £119.99 is a leap up in price and the library range of apps is rather expensive. However, there are always flash sales in the app store throughout the year.