LeapPad 2 Power Review

Our rating: 4.5 stars
LeapPad PowerLeapFrog have upgraded the LeapPad Explorer 2 to create the LeapPad 2 Power Learning Tablet, with more power, more included apps, and a longer battery life. It keeps kids entertained and learning for longer with less frustration.
Educational tablets allow kids to explore the technology that will be a huge part of their lives, without accessing adult material or damaging your electronic devices. They are a great choice for kids and if your child doesn’t have one yet, we recommend the LeapPad2 Power. Read on to find out why.

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LeapPad Power Main Features

* Interactive electronic device allows kids to explore, create and learn
LeapPad Power with kids* Front and back view cameras/video recorders
* Comes in green or pink
* 5″ touch screen
* ebook reader
* MP3 player
* Motion sensor
* 4 GB memory
* Includes rechargeable battery pack
* 9 included apps; you can order more
* Age: 3-9

LeapPad 2 Power Reviews

Most kids today are curious about technology and want to play with your electronic devices. When they’re old enough to do more than hit them and throw them, it’s probably time to get them a LeapPad. We think the new LeapPad 2 Power is a great choice for a first tablet purchase. Let’s see why.

All tablets for kids are designed to be durable, with sturdy construction that survives being dropped (most of the time). They’re safe too, with access limited to kid-friendly activities. Good tablets combine educational activities with creativity and play. Kids can write, draw and play educational games on them – a lot of the time, they won’t even realize that they’re learning while they play.

LeapFrog’s Leap Pad has been one of the market leaders since the release of its first model a few years ago. The new LeapPad Power comes with 9 applications, which include some that are just like you would have on your tablet or phone: a calendar, notepad, stopwatch. There’s also the Art Studio, Photo Lab and a couple of games.

And of course you can buy plenty more apps at the download library. Be prepared to budget for this and be selective – they’re not always cheap and you’ll want to get the most bang for your buck.

The tablet also has front and back cameras, so kids can use the screen as a view finder even if they are taking a picture of themselves. The cameras take video recordings too.

LeapPad Power vertical2The manufacturers claim that the battery that comes with this model lasts for 9 hours. That means a whole day of play assuming it is turned off at least a little bit of the time. That’s more than you get with most other children’s tablets. You get a recharge pack too so you can simply leave it to charge up overnight, and it’s ready for another day’s use.

Finally, we love that the LeapPad 2 Power is faster than previous versions of the tablet. Kids get impatient so easily. It’s also faster than the first release of the new LeapPad Ultra which seems to have serious processing power issues.

That brings us on to …

What You Need To Know Before Ordering

Our main criticism of the Leap Pad 2 Power is that LeapFrog are now focusing app development on their LeapPad Ultra. That’s why we’ve taken off half a star here. We wouldn’t recommend buying the Ultra for younger kids right now (late August 2013) because customers are reporting that it’s way too slow loading apps and young kids find it very frustrating. But kids age 6 and over might prefer the Ultra. Check out our review of the LeapPad Ultra here.

For kids under 6, or if you don’t want to spend the extra for the Ultra, we recommend either the LeapPad 2 Power (includes battery pack with extra power) or the basic LeapPad2 Explorer. You’ll save money too, because they’ve dropped the price quite a lot since the Ultra was released.

If your child has a LeapPad2 Explorer already , there are not that many differences between Explorer 2 and Power. If not, we think the Power is the best option in kids’ learning tablets right now, especially for the 3-6 age range.

The Verdict

We think the LeapPad 2 Power from LeapFrog offers the top value for money in the kids’ learning tablet market right now. It’s fast and includes some good starter apps and a battery pack. Highly recommended.

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Our rating: 4.5 stars

Published August 28th, 2013

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