The market is flooded with options for kids tablets. So what features are important, which aren’t and what make a kids tablet great? Well I had the opportunity to play with the LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum and review it myself.
LeapFrog package the LeapPad Platinum very attractively, the tablet can clearly be seen before the box is every opened. Once you open the box you can easily remove the instructions, tablet and USB charging cord.
The Playtime Experience
The LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum has to be charged about 2 hours before it is ready for set up. Mine also needed a software update that took an additional 5 minutes or so. One the update was complete the tablet walked me through the set up with ease. Basic set up involves connecting to a wireless network, setting up a parent account (complete with 4 digit access pin) and setting up a child account for each child using the tablet. Each child account can be set for that specific child’s learning and grade level from early pre-k through 6th.
The LeapPad Platinum comes with several pre-loaded learning apps tailored to each child’s grade level and the option to choose one additional learning application. It also comes equipped with LeapSearch which is a web browser designed for children. It filters out inappropriate content and only allows access to websites approved through the parent controls. Pre-loaded websites are listed such as Discovery Kids, Disney Jr. and PBS. The parent controls also allow you to add any websites to this list as necessary.
The LeapPad Platinum has its own stylus that is attached to the tablet to prevent loss. There is no bumper case included, however the tablet is designed heavier and more durable than many other tablets on the market.
Things I Liked
I like the LeapSearch web browser and the parent controls on this tablet. LeapFrog does a great job of catering both to the child and parent’s needs with the LeapFrog Platinum.
Things I Didn't Like
The tablet is a bit clunky and large, I didn’t really like the design very much. I know they are going for durable but I have played with several children’s tablets and durability can be achieved without sacrificing the design.
The LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum is recommended for players between the ages of 3-9. Since the material is designed for kids from early pre-k to 6th grade, so I would use the learning material available versus the learning needs of the child as a more appropriate gauge.
The LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum was a good tablet but not my favorite from LeapFrog. I think they did a better job on the LeapFrog Epic which I also had the chance to review. It serves similar needs but there are some key features that were improved with newer tablets from LeapFrog. The Platinum would have been great with a little sleeker design and a larger screen in my opinion.