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The LeapPad 2 Vs. The Original LeapPad

The LeapPad 2

The LeapPad 2
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What’s Changed

 

When it comes to the hottest toys of 2012, the LeapPad 2 will feature on a huge number of children’s wish lists. However, many of these kids will already own the original LeapPad from last year. Has enough changed to make it worth buying a new model?

 

The Original LeapPad

 

The Original Leap Frog LeapPad Explorer comes in two colors: pink and green. These toys are made to resemble an iPhone for kids and the colors are only really accents around the frame of the console. The best part about this toy is that it is supposedly built “kid tough” meaning that it should withstand drops, bumps or being shaken. The LeapPad comes with a stylus, something that resembles a plastic pencil, that can be used to control the device and also has a 5 inch touch screen. Just like an iPhone, the LeapPad also has a video camera, still shot camera and microphone. The console starts at around $90.

 

LeapPad Stats

 

Measurements:1 inch x 5 inches x 7 inches

Weight: Almost 2 Lbs

Power Source: 4 AA batteries

Screen Size: 5 inches

Memory: 2 GB

Downloads: 1.5 MB

Games and Apps

 

The console comes with three pre-programmed apps already installed and a fourth one that you can download for free. The game and apps library has over 100 to choose from, but each app does cost around $7 or $8. In addition to games, there are apps for videos and interactive books that also help teach your child to read. Since the device has a motion sensor, your child can move the device vertically or horizontally and the picture will rotate to match. If you are not interested in downloading apps, game cartridges can be used just like a traditional video game system. Cartridges are more expensive, though, and start at around $25.

 

Accessories

 

There are skins and carrying cases for the LeapPad, but the device itself is said to be pretty tough on its own. There is an AC adapter cord, not a charger, so kids can use the LeapPad without batteries. This is only a power cord, not a charger, so the device will always require batteries or be plugged into the wall in order for it to turn on.

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The LeapPad 2

The LeapPad 2 also comes in pink and green but the colors are more prominent, with the entire screen frame being colored, not just colored accents around the edges. This version has the same video camera but also front and back still cameras so kids can easily take pictures of themselves. The device itself starts around $100.

 

LeapPad 2 Stats

 

Measurements:1 inch x 5 inches x 7 inches

Weight: About 1.5 Lbs

Power Source: 4 AA batteries

Screen Size: 5 inches

Memory: 4 GB

 

Games and Apps

 

While the original LeapPad only comes with three apps, the LeapPad 2 comes with five. Four are already included with the device, and your child can download an extra game of their choice. There are over 300 game cartridges and apps to choose from on this model. The cost of the games and apps remains the same, but you do get three times as many to choose from. Certain games use your child’s picture and incorporate them into the story, letting them feel like they are truly in the game. You can also buy gift cards for LeapPad 2 downloads.

 

Accessories

 

One of the best accessories that the LeapPad 2 offers is a rechargeable battery back as well as the AC adapter. Just like the original there are also gels sleeves, carrying cases and plastic, stick-on sheets to protect the touch screen.

 

So What’s Changed? Differences at a Glance

 

Screen Border Colors: The LeapPad 2 has the entire frame covered, not just accents.

 

Cameras: The LeapPad 2 has front and back still shot cameras and the LeapPad original only has one camera on the back of the device.

 

Weight: The original LeapPad weighs almost 2 lbs while the LeapPad 2 does not even weigh a pound and a half.

 

Internal Memory: The LeapPad 2 has 4GB of internal memory, twice the amount that the LeapPad original has.

 

Amount of Pre-Programmed Apps: Both let you download one app of your choice, but the Original LeapPad only gives you three free apps total while the LeapPad 2 gives you a total of five.

 

Amount of Games and Apps Available: The original LeapPad has a little over 100 and the LeapPad 2 has over 325.

 

Ability to Recharge: The LeapPad 2 has a rechargeable battery pack (sold separately) and the original LeapPad only offers and AC power adapter.

 

Both toys are great for kids from 3 three years and up, and both are equally sturdy. As for the price point, there is only about $10 difference, but you get so much more all the way around with the LeapPad 2.

 

If you plan on spending $90 on the original, spend the extra $10 bucks and go all out and buy the LeapPad 2. If you already own the original LeapPad, it still has great gaming and learning capabilities and probably is not worth going out and buying an entirely new game console.

The LeapPad 2



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