LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Reviews From Real Users

I've written about Leapster Explorer reviews before and now I want to share to you LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer reviews from real users. This honest reviews are useful for you who want to buy LeapFrog LeapPad for your kids.

LeapFrog LeapPad is a durable child-friendly learning tablet for children aged 4-9 produced by LeapFrog Enterprises. LeapFrog LeapPad has so many features, you can read the features below:

LeapFrog LeapPad Features

LeapFrog LeapPad Features

  • Introducing LeapPad Explorer, the personalized learning tablet just for kids! Appropriate for children ages 4 to 9 years
  • A broad curriculum including reading, mathematics, science, geography, art, music, language and culture, health and more - skill levels automatically adjust the challenge to match each child's pace and remember progress from game to game and book to book
  • Includes a built-in camera and video recorder, 5" touch screen for use with finger or included stylus and 4 apps (Pet Pad, Story Studio, Art Studio and one app of your choice)
  • 2GB of memory, enabling it to host a robust suite of apps including: innovative ultra eBooks that provide word-by-word support, a Story Studio to combine art, audio and writing, Art, Animation and Photo studios to inspire imaginations
  • A library of 100+ cartridge games, apps, digital books, videos and flash cards (sold separately, works with all Leapster Explorer games and apps)

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer is perfect for your kids! Your kids can access to more than 100 educational books, videos, games, and apps. That's amazing! You must read LeapFrog LeapPad reviews from real users below:

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Reviews

Reviewed by E. Edwards "table for five"

I'm the author of the blog [...], and I've worked with LeapFrog for several years on reviews of their products. I was sent the white and green LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer pre-loaded with apps so I could see what the LeapPad can do.

With a 5" screen and 480x272 resolution, the LeapPad has the feel of a Tablet. A magnetic stylus fits into a slot on the side, plus it comes with an extra stylus with a tether cord, a USB cord, and a CD to install LeapFrog Connect. LeapPad comes with a built in camera and video recorder as well as 4 applications: the Pet Pad writing game comes preloaded and 3 download apps are included at no additional cost -- the Art Studio, the Story Studio, and 1 additional app of your choice.

What I'm loving best about the LeapPad Explorer so far is how intuitive it is for my five year old daughter to use. I unboxed it and handed it to her while I started reading the instructions, and next thing I knew she had created her profile, picked a background screen for her desktop, and started playing! I also like that up to three players can create their own profiles, plus there's a sign-in spot for a guest as well.

The PetPad Writing game is so cute! It combines taking care of a virtual pet with teaching beginning writing skills. Your child picks their pet - cat, pig, lemur, bunny, dog, sheep, dragon, monkey - and then customizes it's ears, eyes, mouth, tail, paws, and body. They have to keep their pet happy with a shower, food, playing games, and teaching the pet tricks by tracing letters. My daughter loves it!

One new feature with the LeapPad is Ultra eBooks, so our review model included the Cars 2: Project Undercover Ultra eBook already loaded. Ultra eBooks combine animation with reading skills, your child starts by selecting the reading mode - hear the story read, hear the story while reading along, or read along only. When your child comes across underlined words, they tap to bring up a pop up window that reads the word in syllables and then uses the word in a sentence that explains the meaning. In addition, tapping characters on the screen makes them move or say something, while their name on the screen is highlighted.

The Story Studio and Art Studio take advantage of the built-in camera to let kids truly personalize their creations. All pictures are stored in a folder called "My Stuff", and can be inserted into personalized storybooks or used as the basis of works of art. I like how the Story Studio has an "About Me" book that includes a "create my family" page. Have your child take a photo of each family member, then they drop them in their storybook.

The Art Studio encourages creativity by letting your child draw with pencil, paint with a paintbrush, use stamps, and pick patterns. Finished works of art can be stored in the My Stuff folder. Features from the Art Studio also appear in the Photo lab, where pictures can be stretched, turned black and white, saturated with color, turned into a mirror image, and more.

Roly Poly Picnic is a game available from the LeapFrog App Center which takes advantage of the LeapPad's tilt feature. Tilt the LeapPad to roll a roly poly along a path, periodically dropping down into a hole for a learning game. Roll over the correct letters on the screen to spell a word that is spoken first. Correct spelling makes a piece of food appear, collect three pieces of food to advance to a new level.

Roly Poly Picnic is the game that my boys (who are 14 and 12) and I play when we're all in the car. We take turns handing the LeapPad to each other, it's fun and surprising challenging to roll the roly poly perfectly along the path.

You will want to buy a set of rechargeable AA batteries and a battery charger to go with the LeapPad. A fully charged set of batteries should give you about eight total hours of game play. I like that the LeapPad automatically shuts down when not in use to save battery power. An A/C adapter is also available on Amazon for $9.88.

If you've been hearing about the LeapPad and are reading the reviews to see if you should buy one, my answer is YES. Based on the response it's getting from my 5 year old daughter, my 12 year old son, his best friend, and even my 14 year old, the LeapPad is an electronic learning device that is educational and also fun!

Reviewed by Anna "Anna"

Parents today have a great buffet of electronic toys to choose from, and I would put this near the top of the list, especially for that creative budding tech kid in your life.

There are so many features, it is hard to know where to start.

There is a camera / video recording device so your junior Francis Ford Coppola can start shooting their own movie or your Ansel Adams can begin work on their portfolio. The pictures and video can be incorporated into Story Studio (My Book About Me) module. Your budding Andy Warhol isn't left out; he/she can get their art on in the Art Studio. Books (teaching to read and interactive) can be downloaded from the LeapPad store online. There are also numerous games for a wide range of skill levels too.

One really neat feature is that pictures, video, artwork, game scores, and all other learning data can be uploaded to the internet for sharing with other family members. I did not explore the safety of sending this data out, but I believe it is in the form of an email to each person you designate.

The one downside, the 'apps' (as we adults term them) cost additional money, and kids get a LeapPad form of advertising promoting the new products. Make sure you preview or check out each app before buying to make certain you want to invest. Prices when I last checked ranged between $7.50 - $15.00 for most. Some of the books, I will not say which, needed some refining in my opinion. I tend to be strict when it comes to stories; I like clear messages of action and consequence.

Do not be looking for iPad speed with the CPU; the manufacturer explained to the Vine group that they use a slower processor to keep the costs down. It doesn't affect the play; it just affects the loading of the apps. The unit is a bit heavy too, so either your child will tire of long term play or have really strong forearms.

I suggest having a needle or pin available to help attach the stylus on the lanyard.

We are approaching the holiday season...and I strongly suggest buy now if you are leaning towards this item. It is that good.

Reviewed by MM

We ordered two of these. One for each of our boys. One is 4 and the other is 2 1/2. I was excited to get these to help my oldest learn to write his letters. I think it would probably help once he's more used to it or a little older but the pad is very touch and you have to write really slow to be able to connect the dots. I read a post earlier that mentioned in the Alphabet Stew game that it doesn't say the word the kids are finding and I found that strange too.

It sucks the life right out of batteries!!!!!! We have only had these for about two weeks and already we've gone through an entire LARGE pack of AA batteries! In my opinion that's a little uncalled for. Also, when my husband got them all set up it took forever!!!! The system is just too slow. It warns for at least 45 minutes but by husband started at like 10:30 PM and he finally came to bed around 2:30(the boys were expecting them in the morning).

The virtual pet the kids can take care of is extremely time consuming for the adults! Every time they run out of treats or shampoo a parent has to connect the LeapPad up to the computer and redeem their tokens. And usually they only get like 30 tokens. Which seems like enough but one thing of shampoo is 10 tokens, one treat is 10 tokens. So they give it one bath and feed it one time and it's gotta be reconnected AGAIN, only to find there are no tokens available. And this process takes about 10 minutes each time.

Next, the games and books are relatively expensive! Overall I am not too impressed with the LeapPad. Definitely think we would have been better off just buying them each an actual iPad. We have a four year old niece and she does great with theirs. So I wish we wouldn't have wasted our money on the LeapPads and put that money towards two iPads instead.

If you're interested to buy LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer, I recommend you to buy it from Amazon.


EINz said...

Is there any possibility to drop down their app price? i bought download card for around $20 expecting to spend it for 2 apps worth $10 each, but to my dismay, each app card cost only $7.50 so my 2 cards was worth for only 1 app. Sad...