Hands-On with LeapFrog’s LeapPad Tablet for Kids

The LeapPad is one of the first tablets to come out that is specifically designed for kids. LeapFrog is indisputably a pro when it comes to making portable gaming devices for kids that aren’t only fun, but educational too. Thus, the LeapPad is sure to be a very hot and popular  toy come this holiday season. The LeapPad features 100+ learning games and apps, plus it features an on-board camera and video recorder – just like mom and dad’s tablet. It also comes with 2GB of built-in memory, a built-in microphone, and a stylus.

We first got a chance to check out the LeapPad back at Toy Fair 2011 a few months ago,  and now we finally got a chance to play around with the LeapPad on our own. The device feels like the perfect size and form-factor for little hands, while still being plenty rugged. The device’s touchscreen display can fortunately not only be operated with your fingers, but also with the included stylus. The display is actually a 5” touch screen with a 480 x 272 resolution. Kids can use the LeapPad to draw, write,  read interactive books, and play games.

The LeapPad will retail for $99 and it is available in a choice of green or pink. A durable carrying case is also included with purchase. The system will also support downloadable apps will cost about $5 each. The LeapPad also accepts game cartridges which will cost $24.95.

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