The LeapPad Ultimate Review
We are in a fast developing world that is getting smaller and smaller as we have information at our fingertips. Once upon a time you would visit a library or get out Britannica Encyclopedia to find your answers. Now you can merely articulate your questions into a search engine or even a gadget such as the echo dot.
My worry is how do we get our children to learn how to use this ever changing and improving technology, safely and properly?
Unless you set parental restrictions on devices then the world really is their oyster so to speak. Now my daughter can read and spell who knows what she may search for and what may come up in the results. I’m always wary when she has access to the tablet.
What if there was a way that we could let our children explore technology freely with little restriction and know that they are only accessing child friendly, fun and educational content? So of course you could spend time making sure you have all the virtual security walls up on the tablet or you could invest in this little gem that we have recently been trying out.
Let me tell you what I like about it and what I think could be improved.
What I like about the LeapPad
- It is easy to navigate and use.
- It has apps just like adult devices such as a calculator, a calendar and a camera.
- Has some preloaded content to use.
- Childproof, it’s pretty robust this thing. It’s often been in the hands of my 1 year old as well as the 5 year old.
“You can connect to WiFi and kids can browse the internet, but only on LeapPads search engine – Leap Search. This will only allow limited searches through child friendly content.”
- You can access your account as an adult on your phone or laptop to add apps to the LeapPad.
- With 8GB memory on the tablet, this is pretty good for a kids device.
- Soon my son will be able to play on it soon as its suitable for age 3 – 9. You can have multiple profiles on one LeapPad.
- The app store has many different apps to choose from that can be searched for by age or skill. You can view a demo before you buy too.
- The software has ‘Just for me learning’ which means the LeapPad keeps track of progress and automatically adjusts learning levels.
- We don’t get any of the silly adverts appearing like we do on the iPad.
What my daughter likes about the LeapPad
- The Pet app. She gets to choose a pet and play games with it, look after it and give it a funky name.
- The camera and its functions to make funny faces and add stickers and fun frames to photos.
- She tells me she really loves her LeapFrog Pad as she calls it!
What I’m not so happy about
- Ok, there is some preloaded content on but if you want to add some apps from the app store then this can prove rather expensive. There are 1000’s to choose from and prices to start at a few pounds. However like most children my daughter makes a beeline for the branded apps such as Disney and Paw Patrol and these are considerably more expensive. We downloaded a Tinker Bell Maths game at £12.50 and a Paw Patrol game at £7.50.
- The graphics do tend to be better on the branded apps too, so perhaps if the developers of the cheaper apps worked on the graphics they may be more appealing to kids. When I explored the concepts of the cheaper apps were in general pretty good.
- I do like the sound of the Leap Academy and may join but that is an extra cost of £7.99 per month.
- More apps need to be with an english accent too.
What my daughter doesn’t like
- I asked her and she said there is nothing she doesn’t like about it.
Overall I would give the LeapPad Ultimate a ⅘. A tablet that runs Full Android OS or an Apple OS is great and much more versatile but this started tablet gives parents the peace of mind that they are only accessing child friendly content.
Full price is £109.99 but can currently be found at Smyths Toy Store at £94.99.
*Please note we were gifted the LeapPad Ultimate for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.