New Leap Frog LeapPad3 Review

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by on August 14, 2014

Leap Frog LeapPad3 Review

With computers, iPad, Kindle, iPhone and LeapFrog products, my kids are not strangers to technology. We have been a devouted LeapFrog family over the years with the Leap Reader, LeapFrog Explorer and LeapPad2, so when I was given a chance to review the new LeapPad3, I knew it would be perfect. My kids are 9,6 and 3 – the perfect ages to test out the LeapPad3 to see if it could keep their attention and if it was durable enough.

Leap Frog LeapPad3 Review

Right out of the box, the LeapPad3 looks similar to the LeapPad2. It is slightly thinner, but the screen size is the same. Once you turn it on though, you can tell a difference in the graphics and performance. The picture is clear and the stylus appears more sensitive, which is good for small hands.

Things I Loved About the LeapPad3

It comes with a lithium ion rechargeable battery! This is huge because with the LeapPad2, you had to purchase the charger separately or eat through batteries. The charge also lasts 6+ hours which seems much longer than the previous model. My 6 year old loves playing on his LeapPad. He plays with several games, but he also loves to take pictures and movies of his siblings. Recharging is simple via a USB or AC adapter and the device can be on while charging.

I also like that the LeapPad3 is built to be durable. My 3 year old doesn’t mean to be harsh with her stuff, but it is inevitable that toys are dropped or sat on, etc. The device comes with a shock-absorbing frame, protective screen and built-in bumper. In the month that we’ve had the LeapPad3, it has seen its share of wear – but because it is built with kids in mind I’m not worried about the little bumps and spills that it sees.  My son likes to play with the LeapPad3 in the car, so it has also handled the hot Arizona heat just fine.

One of the differences between LeapPad2 and LeapPad3 is that it comes with wi-fi and a built-in kid friendly browser. Kids are able to explore 1000+ of games, videos and prescreened web content approved by LeapFrog learning experts. My oldest son likes this feature because he can search videos on what he is learning in school, and I know that the content he is finding is appropriate. I can also change the parent settings so that when my youngest child is playing with it, she is unable to access any web content. The parent settings are easy to use and require that you use a 4-digit security code to access them.

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Similar to LeapPad2, this newest version is extremely kid friendly with fun games and apps. My kids are able to use games that they have for Explorer and LeapPad2 on this device, as well, but the heightened sensitivity in the touch screen is very beneficial for developing fine-motor skills.

Each of my kids is able to create their own profile on the LeapPad3, which is then personalized to their own age and grade. So games (and learning) automatically adjusts for each of them. My 9 year old enjoyed playing games as much as my 3 year old since they weren’t playing at the same level.

There are apps and games based on my kids favorite characters. My daughter was happy to find Frozen and the Little Mermaid, while my son was excited to see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. You can shop in the app store by age or character to find what your kids might enjoy.

Overall, I think this is a great first tablet for kids and I imagine that it will be a hot item this holiday season. It is available for purchase now, so you could get it and save it for the holidays or an upcoming birthday. Just know that we may see this one sell out once the shopping season is here.

Disclosure:  I received the LeapPad3 from LeapFrog and MomSelect to facilitate my review but all opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.

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