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Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Kids Tablets Comparisons | 10 comments

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 vs LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 vs LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra

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Are you trying to decide if it is time to upgrade? Maybe this is your first children's tablet and you aren't sure which one to get. Lets look at these two tablets and see which is the better bargain.

Both LeapFrog products are considered to be the best educational tablets that kids can own. All LeapFrog products are backwards compatible so the LeapPad Ultra will actually have the most content available and has over 800+ titles already in stores.

LeapPad 2

Screenshot leapfrog leappad 2 explorer

LeapPad Ultra

Screenshot LeapPad Ultra 3 colors now

Price

Screen Size

Orientation

Memory Size

WiFi

Camera

Expandable Memory

Batteries

MP3

Video Replay

Motion Sensor

Included Apps

$79

5"

Portrait

4 GB

No

2 Cameras

No

4 AA or Battery Pack

No

Only Recorded

Yes

5 Apps

$149

7"

Landscape

8 GB

Yes

2 Cameras

No

Rechargeable Battery

Yes

Only Recorded

Yes

11 Apps

More options and Information

If you are liking the price of the LeapPad 2 the major disadvantages are no WiFi and no battery pack. If you upgrade to the LeapPad 2 Power you will get the battery pack and 4 extra apps. It's definitely worth the extra $20 to get the LeapPad 2 Power version.

If you want to read more about the LeapPad Explorer there is a full review. This is a great kids tablet for under $100 and has lots of apps, games, books, and activities.

There is also a full review on the LeapPad Ultra that will give you an in depth look at all the advances they made. For $50 more you get a bigger screen that is HD. You also get 4 GB more memory and a kids safe web browser.

Other Educational Tablet Options

Interested in all these features included in the LeapPad Ultra but the price tag is a little high for you. Read about the Innotab 3s and see why I choose it over the Ultra. It has only the necessities and they have found ways to keep the price down and offer the same value with many of the same publishers your kids will love.

Drawbacks of These Kids Tablets

I'm not really fond of the cartridge system because it can get very expensive to keep buying games and books. You can save some memory with the cartridges but how many apps can you buy for the $25 price tag on the popular cartridges like Cars, Barbie, Mickey and Minnie, Monsters Inc and more.

Conclussion

These tablets mentioned would be my tablets of choice for kids aged 2 to 5. They are very durable and at about $50 a year until they grow out of them you will definitely get your monies worth. They offer all of the educational programs like colors, letters, shapes, reading and drawing that young minds need to develop. You can also view some of the best educational games in the reviews mentioned above. I will leave links so you can see all the positive reviews these tablets get from other Amazon consumers.

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10 Comments

  1. wHICH TABLET WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR A FIVE YEAR OLD? lEANING TOWARDS LEAP PAD ULTRA. JUST NOT SURE. THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!

    • I prefer the Android tablets to the LP. My favorite under $150 is the Kindle Fire. It’s a lot of power for the price.

  2. Does the ultra have a stylus? Does both the leappad ultra and leappad 2 have touch screens?

    • They both have touch screens but I don’t think they come with a stylus. You can find bundle accessory packs with a stylus though.

  3. Are the games interchangeable for the ultra and leappad 2??

    • Yes they are. They haven’t changed the cartridges or ports.

  4. I see that the new tablets have an increased memory. Does this make them more compatible with additional titles or is this just a moot point?

    I like that they have a rechargable battery, FINALLY. The darn batteries cost me more than the device last year.

    • The battery pack was a must for these kids tablets in prior years. I was very happy to see LeapFrog went with a Lithium ion battery like the current cell phones and tablets. They used a high quality one as well. It gets more than 9 hours life which is really at par with all of the best tablets.

      One reason I like the Innotab 3s is the expandable memory slot. If you plan on buying the games online as opposed to keeping track of cartridges then the Innotab 3s would be the way to go. You would be surprised how fast 8 GB gets filled up if you download games.

      If you get the LeapPad Ultra then get the cartridges to save your memory but put tracking devices on them. Kids have a knack for losing their favorite games which can be frustrating when your getting ready to go somewhere

      • Its fun but the screen is made of glass easily cracked. And the company has no answers or help for you. Innotab is better.

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