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“Tech Talk: Tablets for Tots?”

Welcome to Jess T.’s Tech Tuesday, where all your geek are belong to us!

There’s no doubt about it – kids love tech items. They see adults touching them, staring at them, and poking them all day – so they MUST be important and awesome! At Modern Day Moms, our kids cannot keep their hands off of our phones, iPods and tablets. We get the funniest Beluga messages when our kids hijack our business meetings. Once, we had quite the scare when one of our editors was almost photographed in the shower by a rogue toddler with a smartphone!

So instead of handing over your prized iPad, why not give your kiddo a tablet of their own? Am I crazy? HECK NO! Companies like LeapPad and VTech have made some super cool kid-friendly gadgets, complete with educational apps and fun features!

First up is the VTech Innotab:

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With a 5 inch color touch screen complete with tilt sensor, the Innotab looks bright and enticing to those tricky tech thieves in your home. With an e-book reader, an assortment of apps, a built-in MP3 player, games and activities as well as additional game cartridges (sold separately), the Innotab might very well make your kid forget about your smartphone. At least for a while. The Innotab releases on September 15th, but you can preorder it on Amazon in pink or blue.

But wait… next up is the LeapPad Explorer:

The LeapPad Explorer is similar to the Innotab in the sense that they both have a 5 inch color touch screen, tilt sensor and a wide array of apps and games to choose from. The Explorer features 2GB of built-in memory (the Innotab has 64MB plus an SD expansion slot) and a camera and video recorder, just like your smartphone! This added functionality does add about $20 to the price though, so if you’re on a budget, keep that in mind. You can buy the Explorer NOW at stores near you or on Amazon in green or pink.

With my daughter’s birthday coming up in a few weeks, its going to be a tough decision for sure!

Which would you choose – the Innotab or the Explorer? Do you think wee ones should have their own tablets? Let us know what you think!

COME BACK NEXT TIME FOR ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF TECH TUESDAY!

*I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own!*

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9 COMMENTS

  • Amanda
    Amanda A. on August 23, 2011

    Thank you for this report. My husband and I have seen these and were deciding which one to get our son. He has social anxiety and we are trying to find something that he can use as a “calming outlet” when we are out. I think we will go with the LeapPad. Thank you again!

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    • Jess T. on August 23, 2011

      No problem! With two similar products, it was hard to choose. We still haven’t officially decided yet!

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  • Amanda via Facebook on August 23, 2011

    Thanks for this post!

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  • Julie on August 23, 2011

    Thanks for the review! I’ll be testing these in-stores before I make up my mind :)

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    • Jess T. on August 23, 2011

      Good idea, Julie! A hands-on test is always the best plan. Its just too bad that the Innotab doesn’t come out until September!

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  • via Facebook on August 23, 2011

    Love the leap pad! Very interested in that one. – Jessica

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  • ScullyT on August 23, 2011

    If Xander hadn’t gotten a hand me down iPad I’d be all over these. They look cool! My godson is 3 though so maybe this would be more appropriate for him :)

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  • Suzanne Scully via Facebook on August 23, 2011

    Love the review!

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  • Kaydee on August 24, 2011

    I think the LeapPad will be on my 6 year old’s Christmas list, he loves to take pictures and videos like mom and the internal memory is great!

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