We got some super fun mail a few weeks ago…
The LeapPad Ultra is out! One thing I love about the Leapfrog company is that they really try to improve each product they make, trying to listen to the parent feedback they get. We had the Leappad 2 and while they were pretty fun, they lacked a few things that the LeapPad Ultra now has. For one–it includes a charging cord, hallelujah! The other ones always needed to be purchased separately for like $40 and of course you have to buy one unless you want to be changing batteries every few days. The Ultra’s battery holds a charge for 9 hours before it needs to be charged. This is one of my favorite upgrades because my kids wear those batteries out quick.
The LeapPad Ultra also has a giant screen with better resolution than the LeapPad2. But unlike an ipad mini, the screen is encased in some seriously kid-proof material. This thing can be chucked across the room, jumped on, kicked, etc. It withstands. Also unlike the ipad mini, the only games that will be on this toy are educational LeapFrog games. My kids love playing our ipad but I hate that the only games they ever choose are the mindless blowing-up-airplanes-hurling-angry-birds-at-pigs video games. However I can attest that the LeapFrog games have always successfully taught my kids and enhanced their skills.
The Ultra has lots of other features never seen before in LeapFrog products.
Kid-Safe Wifi Internet: LeapSearch
The Ultra has a very safe Wifi internet. This is the only wifi that has completely safe from the nasty stuff on the internet, so no worrying about your kids accidently stumbling on something awful. Every single site has been pre-screened by the folks at LeapFrog and there are tons of things for them to search–everything from Sesame Street to Nick Jr. to National Geographic Kids. And if you want to turn it off completely, you can do that too. However, having the Wifi also means that it is very quick and simple to purchase new LeapFrog games and download them.
One cool feature is that the Ultra lets kids interact with each other between their Ultras. I love that this helps the kids bond with each other while playing on the Ultras. They can also instant message each other in the PetChat app.
I’m a big fan of LeapPad and I’m impressed with the Ultra. The only complaint I have is that sometimes it seems a little slow to load up. But really, I guess I’m just spoiled with all the technological advancements that have occurred in even the last few years. I love that it still has the cameras and all the fun features that kids love to explore. And I love that my kids can take these in the car for long trips and maybe I won’t have to listen to the same kids’ movies over and over and over…
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