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October 15, 2012

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Review


LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Disney Princess Bundle
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Disney Princess Bundle
 I purchased the new LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer for my 7 year old daughter for her birthday.  She seen her friend on the bus with one and she  had to have it.  I didn't want to wait until Christmas to get it for her since it's the hottest Christmas toy for 2012 and may not be around then, so I decided a great time for her to have it was her birthday.

I bought the Disney Princesses LeapPad 2 that came with the LeapPad cover on sale for $130 at Walmart since the regular pink pad was all sold out.  I thought the Disney Pad bundle pack would come with a ac adapter but it didn't.

When my daughter opened her gift and saw she got the latest LeapPad, she was overjoyed!  She immediately opened it up, put batteries in it, and turned it on. Once on, the Leap pad started showing an advertisement about what all the things the pad does and told my child to give the pad to a parent to download the software.

I hooked the pad up to my computer and it felt like forever for the software to download!  I'm not sure if it's because of my computer.  Once software was downloaded, I added the one free game that I got to choose from.  But also the pad does already come with a few other games like, Pet Pad, LeapFrog Learning Songs, Cartoon Director, and Art Studio.  You choose what grade level your child is in and the games goes off of that.

My daughter played with her new pad all night!  She took pictures with it, recorded videos, listened to Kidz Bop music that I've paid for ($10) that was sync to her pad.  She woke up the next morning and played with it.  She even took it with her to the Atlanta Zoo on Sunday to take pictures of the animals.  With all the playing and picture taking she did, her pad batteries died. The batteries lasted for about 2 days, so I highly recommed an ac adapter or rechargable batteries.

Now the quality of the pictures and video are not that great.  I guess you can't expect that for a kids toy.  You must be in a well lit area or the photos and videos comes out dark.

 

Is LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Worth a Try?

It's a good learning system instead of a regular handheld gaming device in which children are not learning anything.  But the cost of apps are expensive!  Prices range from $10 to $25 an app!  That is my only downfall about this pad.  I do like the fact that the pad has a front and back camera for easy picture taking.  The picture quality of the games are bright and clear.  The pad kept my daughter entertained for hours.  I do recommend it for children ages 4 through 9.

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