LeapFrog Explorer LeapPad Tablet Prototype Hands On

Posted on Apr 13 2011 - 5:05pm by Richard Sharp

Yesterday we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at a prototype version of Leapfrog’s brand new LeapPad Explorer. The world’s first tablet pc designed for youngsters that allow parents to introduce technology to their children whilst educating them at the same time.

The LeapPad Explorer is due to hit the shops in July 2011 with a £79.99 price tag in the UK, we took a look at some of the early titles and features and were impressed with the build quality and functionality that it already had (remember this is a prototype). The touch screen is robust and the tablet is encased in a layer of impact resistant plastic that has tapered edges making it easier to handle.

The entire library of games, videos and e-books will be available to download on the LeapPad so if you already own a few you can simply use them in the usual way.

LeapPad Explorer is just like an adult tablet, but with endless fun experiences for kids, housed in a durable package. The new device combines the latest technology, educational curricula, and entertainment properties.

We have mentioned before just how much we rate the educational ethos of Leapfrog and it seems that this new tablet will follow the exact same lines. We can fully understand why they have made a tablet too, after all little Jonny wants to play with Mummy and Daddy’s iPad but we’re sure you’ll agree it would be far better for him to be playing or creating educational content on a child friendly tablet that playing Angry Birds or damaging yours.

The LeapPad includes a stylus, microphone, touch screen, speakers and even a rear facing video camera. It’s well specked and will apparently be even quicker once the final products hit the shelves later this year.

Can you see the value in this type of educational toy?

5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. theboyandme April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Yes definitely, and I'm a teacher! I'd love to review one of those for the 22 month old, where can I get my mitts on one!

    • gadgetsandgizmos April 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      we looked at one of the first prototypes and it is awesome. Pencil in July for the release date.

  2. theboyandme April 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Will do. If you know of any review opps would you think of me?

    • gadgetsandgizmos April 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Sure thing

  3. Katie April 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I can think of plenty of uses as a homeschooling mom, and it's high up there on my wish list! Thanks for the preview.

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