When asked to compare and contrast Vtech’s Innotab 2 against Leapfrog’s Leappad 2 for the Izziwizzi Kids Playfest, I certainly had a challenge ahead of me, and together with my 4yr old daughter Miss M we were very excited to get stuck into. So after a week of playing games, taking silly pictures of each other, videoing little brother Mister B dancing and downloading Miss M’s favourite songs I feel we finally had a grasp on how each tablet behaved and the opportunities available on each.
I was initially surprised to find how similar they are, so when it comes down to which is best, I think really it is down to personal preference along with several differing factors of which I have highlighted below for you:
Design/looks: The Innotab 2 has a more chunkier feel to it – great for little fingers compared to the sleeker look of the Leappad 2 which I think would appeal to the older age ranges.
The Innotab 2’s touchscreen seemed a bit less sensitive than the Leappad 2 which seemed a lot more responsive.
Memory: The Innotab 2 comes with an inbuilt memory of 2GB although is expandable with an SD card compared to 4GB on the Leappad 2 (no SD card slot)
MP3 player: The Innotab 2 comes with a ready to use MP3 player, the Leappad 2 doesn’t but an app is available to buy for £3.50
Your own film and video content can be downloaded onto the Innotab 2 for your child to watch although the Leappad 2 can only have paid for content downloaded onto it.
The apps for each are similar although there are some cheaper games available for the Innotab 2, but my initial view of these are that they are short lived and a child will lose interest quickly. Overall cartridge games can cost up to £20 each for both tablets therefore I feel they are fairly equal although the Leappad 2 does have a larger library of downloadable apps.
Please watch our comparison video to make your own mind up:
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.