With its Wi-Fi capability, rechargeable battery, and bigger, higher-resolution screen, the LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra is a great toy tablet for playing and learning.
The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra, the latest iteration of LeapFrog's popular LeapPad learning tablet toy, features some significant upgrades, as well as a significant uptick in cost. While the $50 upgrade in price may give some parents pause, its Wi-Fi capability, bigger, higher-resolution touch screen, and built-in rechargeable battery are welcome updates. This earns the LeapPad Ultra our Editors' Choice for toy tablets.
Having played with previous iterations of the device, my five-year-old had no problem figuring out how to play with the LeapPad Ultra. He easily navigated the games and apps that came with our review unit, and had no difficulty getting to the stylus. He found it easier to put the stylus in its hole, rather than have to try and fit it to the magnetic slot as he did with the LeapPad 2. We were both pleased that he could still use his old LeapPad and Leapster Explorer cartridges, as the LeapPad Ultra is backwards-compatible with game cartridges that came out for older LeapPads. The Web-safe Wi-Fi allowed him to remotely access LeapSearch, and he was so psyched to be able to browse videos and apps, like he had seen me do on my Apple iPad. But let's be clear: This is purely a tabletunlike, say the Android-based and . It can't go online except in the Zui proprietary browser, while on the other two, you can conceivably load Android apps and, say, check your email and browse the regular Web. And it costs the same as the Polaroid Kids Tablet and only $50 less than the Fuhu Nabi 2. What the LeapPad Ultra has that the other two lack is a vast ecosystem of educational cartridges and apps that have been vetted by educational experts. For the 4- to 9-year-old demographic it targets, the LeapPad Ultra is a perfect tablet. Given its bigger, higher-res screen, Wi-Fi capability, and rechargeable batteries, it's ideal for those who already have LeapFrog cartridges and apps. For those who have not already been in the LeapFrog ecosystem, the LeapFrog Ultra is a great place to get introduced. All this makes the LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra our Editors' Choice for toy tablets.
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Tablet Quick Specs
Screen size: 5 inches
Touch screen: Resistive
Internal memory: 4 GB
Processor: 550 Mhz
Display Resolution: 480 x 272 pixels
Display Type: Backlit
Motion Sensor: Yes
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra XDi Learning Tablet - Pink