LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet Review

When your children are ready to move past the beginner kids' tablets and move closer to something that more resembles a real table, then it is time to invest in the LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet. This durable tablet is less of a toy and more of a learning device that your kids can use to become more familiar with modern technology.

This tablet has many of the features you could find on real tablets such as WiFi connectivity and 4GB of storage space. But this tablet is still designed with a developing child in mind and offers some of the most advanced learning features you will find on any toy or real tablet on the market.

Basic Features

The LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet has a real quad core processor, a USB charging port and library of thousands of books and games. It has been specially designed to respond to the light touch of a child's finger, but it has also been tested to withstand being dropped from about the same height your child would drop it from.

Even though it can connect to the Internet, parents have complete control over what their children can see using this tablet.

LeapFrog includes software and apps that your children can use to develop their learning skills, and then LeapFrog will send updates to parents letting them know how their children are progressing. It has a camera your child can use to take their picture and customize many of their apps, and all of the LeapFrog games and learning apps will automatically adjust to fit your child's comprehension and learning levels.

The recommended age range for this toy is three to nine years old, and it makes a great product for transitioning your child to a real tablet. The manufacturer's list retail price is $99.99, but you will have to contact your online retailer to find out how much applicable sales tax and shipping charges will add to your final purchase price.

Detailed Features of the LeapPad3

The LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet is a little different than most other toys because of how advanced it is. Since it can access the Internet, that opens it up to thousands, and possibly millions, of potential features. But the interactive features that come with the LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet include:

  • A screen designed to recognize the lighter touch of a child
  • A durable case to protect the screen
  • A navigation pad
  • A home button
  • Access to thousands of LeapFrog educational apps and games
  • A camera that does still photos and videos
  • The ability to have parents receive regular updates on the progress of their child in using the learning apps
  • 4GB of on-board memory
  • The option to charge using a USB cable or an AC adapter
  • Parental controls that can limit where your child can go on the Internet outside of the LeapFrog apps

There is no wasted space or features that are only included for show with the LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet. It is a tablet that can be fully customized, which means it can be whatever you and your child want to make it.

The LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet requires no assembly, but it does take time to set up all of the accounts and customize your child's user interface. The tablet comes with the charging devices it needs, along with detailed instructions on how to properly charge it when you first get it.

Products Similar to the LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet

LeapFrog has a line of tablets that includes the LeapPadXDi and the LeapPadGLO. The LeapPadXDi is a higher end model than the LeapPad3, while the LeapPadGLO is closer to being a toy than a tablet. Any of the LeapFrog tablet products will help to educate your child and assist them in making the transition from toy tablets to the real thing.

Looking at a different brand, Dragon Touch is another manufacturer known for their advanced developmental children's products, and their Y88X Plus model is a tablet that is very close to the LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet. The biggest difference with the Dragon Touch product is that it does not have the sort of learning app support that the LeapFrog product has, but children can access learning apps through the Y88X Plus' WiFi connection.

When your child is ready to start the transition from toy tablets to real portable computers, then the LeapFrog LeapPad3 Learning Tablet is the ideal product for you and your child to use.