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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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OT: iPad-like toy for 2- or 3-year-old?

DS is about to turn 2, and he loves playing with our iPhones and my Kindle Fire. Usually DH and I are OK with it, but sometimes we want to "play" on our smartphones, too.

His birthday is coming up, and we'd love to be able to get him something that

A) comes with learning apps/has learning apps available;
B) he can watch videos on; and
C) hooks up to the Internet (less important).

Is there anything out there like that? I know LeapFrog has some handheld devices, but I'm not sure what they are capable of...

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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We have a Mobi-Go for our 4 year old. He has had it since he was 2.5. It is more of a learning device that has a touch screen and you put games (cartridges) in it. They have several to choose from. Cars, Mickey Mouse, Madagascar, etc. It doesnt have internet. We have defintely got our moneys worth out of it.

He is now wanting a DS. :/
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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We have a Mobi-Go for our 4 year old. He has had it since he was 2.5. It is more of a learning device that has a touch screen and you put games (cartridges) in it. They have several to choose from. Cars, Mickey Mouse, Madagascar, etc. It doesnt have internet. We have defintely got our moneys worth out of it.

He is now wanting a DS. :/
Thanks!

Yeah, now I am reading the reviews on the LeapPad Explorer, and a lot of people are saying "I should've just gotten a DS."
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #4
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What about the new LeapPad2? It is designed very much like the new ipad.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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My boys love their LeapPad. They are now 4 and 6. We got it for them last year. The apps are a tad expensive compared to apple store. Yet, the pad is way cheap compared to Ipad or Ipod.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:44 PM   #6
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Toys R Us is putting out something called the TABEO in a few weeks and is taking pre-orders now. It runs $150. It is pre-loaded with 50 apps including things like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope and supposedly has over 7,000 "free" apps available. It also has wi-fi and internet capability with parental controls built in to use. I don't know about a 2 or 3 year old, but I can tell you that I know a 6 year old who is already begging for one for Christmas. We have the LeapPad from last Christmas. DD likes it and enjoys the games on it; and the camera app, and video app, but it isn't going to have the capabilities you are looking for. She still uses it, even 9 months after Christmas, but it doesn't in any way stop her from trying to get her hands on my Iphone or DH's IPAD. The leap pad does have some good educational games, and you can add apps to it from the leap pad website, but with the unit about $80 and the games running around $20-$25 dollars apiece, and the apps on the website costing too, it will get up to the Tabeo price pretty fast. The only downside I can see to the Tabeo, is that DD loves the camera/video camera on the Leappad (poor quality, but it keeps her amused), and I don't believe the Tabeo has that.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
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I've had some more time to think about this, and I think there are a few things to consider to help you choose the right one for your kid.

First, battery life. Is it rechargeable? You don't want to be replacing batteries constantly.

Second, games or app cost. I prefer the iPad or an android model mostly because there are tons of free educational apps. I've purchased one or two pricey apps, but the majority have been free or $1.99 or less. There's a Facebook page I follow called Good free apps for kids.

Good luck choosing!
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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I've had some more time to think about this, and I think there are a few things to consider to help you choose the right one for your kid.

First, battery life. Is it rechargeable? You don't want to be replacing batteries constantly.

Second, games or app cost. I prefer the iPad or an android model mostly because there are tons of free educational apps. I've purchased one or two pricey apps, but the majority have been free or $1.99 or less. There's a Facebook page I follow called Good free apps for kids.

Good luck choosing!
Good points. I can speak to the Innotab. It uses batteries. We were going through them very quickly and switched to rechargable batteries and it's much better now. Good point about the game cost as well. Not sure how much the iPad cost (thinking around $300). The gamesbooks for the Innotab are an average of $17 not on sale. I purchase them when they go on sale for $9.99 which seems to be a lot. Using those price points, I would have to purchase 22 games to make the price "comparable". My son has 5 and that is all he cares to have.

I think age is a good thing to keep in mind along with how many games you think they would want.

I went back and forth between LeapPad and Innotab and, in the end, I went with the less expensive Innotab as I know these electronics seems to be becoming "obsolete" so quickly!

Good luck with your decision, OP. You can try out both the Innotab and LeapPad at Target.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:03 AM   #9
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But if the OP decided to go with an android style tablet like the Nabi, then it does even out pretty well. The Nabi is $200, but it comes with aps loaded on, it can have real movies on it (you can convert your own on a PC pretty easily). You can also buy aps in the google play store. To me, it's a better value overall. the good thing about the Nabi is that it has parental controls, unlike my iPads.

I did buy a fisher price iXL for my guy for Christmas. It was on clearance for $22 and I couldn't resist it. Since he doesnt get to hold the iPad on his lap in the car, I figured it would be a decent system (even if I can't buy any new games than the ones I bought on clearance).

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Good points. I can speak to the Innotab. It uses batteries. We were going through them very quickly and switched to rechargable batteries and it's much better now. Good point about the game cost as well. Not sure how much the iPad cost (thinking around $300). The gamesbooks for the Innotab are an average of $17 not on sale. I purchase them when they go on sale for $9.99 which seems to be a lot. Using those price points, I would have to purchase 22 games to make the price "comparable". My son has 5 and that is all he cares to have.

I think age is a good thing to keep in mind along with how many games you think they would want.

I went back and forth between LeapPad and Innotab and, in the end, I went with the less expensive Innotab as I know these electronics seems to be becoming "obsolete" so quickly!

Good luck with your decision, OP. You can try out both the Innotab and LeapPad at Target.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:49 AM   #10
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I got my niece a Nabi tablet for her 7th birthday last month. My sister said it has been the best thing ever. It has a lot of educational games and aps preloaded. It also has a lot of just for fun games preloaded. She can read books, watch movies and play games. It comes in a rubber case. Baby sister is 2 1/2 and loves it so much they might have to get a second one.
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Just buy the iPad. Most people who share devices with kids and buy the kid substiute STILL have to share their deviced with the kids.

If he likes an iPad, get him an iPad.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #12
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When our DD turned 2 we got her, her own ipad. We do a lot of traveling so it made sense to spend the money on that with some great educational games, shows, etc. She loves it and it lets us have our iphones to ourselves!
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We started with the Mobigo when our twins were 2 1/2. They learned all their letters and where they are on a keyboard before they were 3. Last Christmas, just before they turned 4, we got them the Leapster Explorers which you can get recharging docks for so no batteries to change.
Hubby & I got ourselves IPads this past summer and the girls love to play on them but still play with the Explorers. We are probably going to get them the Leap Pad this Christmas which uses the same games as the Explorer.
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DS is about to turn 2, and he loves playing with our iPhones and my Kindle Fire. Usually DH and I are OK with it, but sometimes we want to "play" on our smartphones, too.

His birthday is coming up, and we'd love to be able to get him something that

A) comes with learning apps/has learning apps available;
B) he can watch videos on; and
C) hooks up to the Internet (less important).

Is there anything out there like that? I know LeapFrog has some handheld devices, but I'm not sure what they are capable of...

Thanks in advance!
Sounds like you've gotten a lot of good suggestions already. You might want to just consider getting him an iTouch, or waiting until one of you upgrade to a new iphone (next week? ) and let him just use your older version iphone. Pros: he already knows how to use it, and you already own the apps. It's just another option to consider...we've always given our kids our old devices when we upgrade. We get a new one and they get the old one and are thrilled to have one of their own.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #15
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I would just get an iPod touch or an iPad (with a warranty and a good case)!

Apple sells refurbs on their website from time to time.
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