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Tablet for 5 year old child


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#1 Cynthia Moore

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 11:45 AM

Last Christmas, I got my grandson (then 4) a little handheld talking dictionary. He just loves it. He takes it with him everywhere.

 

This year, I'd like to get him something a little more versatile. Is there some type of tablet-like device that will allow his dad to download games and educational apps, but doesn't allow him to get to the Internet. Ideally it would have good battery like (6-8 hours) and a charger, be fairly rugged, and have a touch screen.

 

I did a search for "tablets for kids" and came up with quite a few choices. Most of them are more or less full-function tablets and get very mixed reviews (poor battery life, slow, unreliable, etc.).

 

I would appreciate any suggestions.

 

PS: I'd prefer something around $100-$150, but would be willing to go higher if it was a really good device for a child.


Edited by Cynthia Moore, 15 December 2014 - 10:24 AM.

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 08:50 AM

Take a look at LeapPad by LeapFrog. You can install games, apps, songs, story books and lots more.



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Posted 15 December 2014 - 10:25 AM

I just discovered that one myself. It looks like just the thing.

 

Do you have any personal experience with it?


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Posted 15 December 2014 - 10:58 AM

My nephew has a LeapPad though I'm not sure which version though I'm pretty sure it's LeapPad 2. The build quality is really good, offers great battery life and lasts for a surprisingly long time without any problems. The UI is very easy to use and any kid will be able to get around easily. He used it for around 2 years before getting bored and then moved onto Nintendo 3DS :) But I think 2-3 years of service is good enough for a kids tablet.



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Posted 15 December 2014 - 11:33 AM

Great. The LeapPad3 looks to me quite an improvement over the LeapPad2. Thanks for the tip.


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Posted 15 December 2014 - 01:43 PM

I forgot to mention Fire HD Kids edition of Amazon kindle, it's worth taking a look at as well. http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Edition-Display-Wi-Fi-Kid-Proof/dp/B00LOR524M



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 01:38 PM

The LeapPad3 arrived yesterday. Overall, I am not impressed.

  • The screen is tiny (5"). That may not be a problem for a child.
  • The registration process was very poorly done. First, it timed me out in about 5 minutes and I had to start over. Then it complained that my password was too long, but didn't say what the maximum length is.
  • The apps are expensive -- $10-$50. This is no doubt because they have to be written especially for that device. Ten apps would be $250, several times the cost of the tablet.
  • The apps are organized randomly. There is a search, but it's sophomoric. The few apps I demo'ed were unimaginative. I think an average child would tire of them after a few days, resulting in more expensive apps.

The Fire may have been a better choice. It was twice as expensive, but maybe cheaper in the long run. I assume it runs standard apps, but maybe not. Otherwise, just a regular tablet with good parental controls.

 

I'm going to call the LeapFrog help line to see if they can resolve some of these complaints. I'll post what I learn, if anything.

 

Thanks for the help.


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