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Educational toy maker LeapFrog is jumping into the tablet market and scrambling to stay relevant by introducing a tablet for children called the LeapPad, which is a  5-inch tablet will feature a camera, a video recorder, 2 GB of storage, a touch screen and big buttons designed for little hands. LeapPad doesn’t run any of today’s popular tablet operating systems, but the proprietary OS lets kids play educational games and applications, videos and ebooks and also accepts cartridges designed for the Leapster Explorer. LeapFrog will start accepting pre-orders this June 29 and will be released on Aug. 15 for $100.

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. unveiled LeapPad, a personalized learning tablet designed for kids ages four and up. As the leader in educational entertainment, LeapFrog has combined the latest technology, enhanced educational curriculum, and most entertaining characters to fuel a child’s learning in a durable form factor that mirrors popular adult tablets. LeapPad, now available for pre-sale, is revolutionizing the way children learn by offering the next generation in learning, digital reading and personal creativity. Designed with best-in-class educational curriculum and featuring endless and fun ways to play, this new tablet will be on every family’s wish list this year. “We wanted LeapPad to offer kids the ability to create their own personalized experiences and have fun while learning at their own pace with content that automatically adjusts to their skill level,” said Craig Hendrickson, senior vice president and chief product officer for LeapFrog. “LeapPad’s apps inspire kids to explore their inner creativity. Whether doodling on photos taken with the built-in camera, creating a story about themselves in the Story Studio, or bringing their favorite characters to life with the Animation Studio, there is truly something for every child.”


Designed for little hands and big imaginations, LeapPad will launch with LeapFrog‘s largest library ever and offers more than 100 learning game cartridges, books, apps and videos, by year end. Expanding the fun across platforms, the existing library of Leapster Explorer game cartridges and apps is cross compatible with LeapPad. Unique to LeapFrog products, games auto-adjust so kids can learn at just the right pace and each LeapPad book app is actually three books in one offering each story at three different levels. LeapPad even remembers a child’s progress from game to game and book to book to keep the content challenging and engaging. Kids can build a strong learning foundation with phonics skills, mathematics and spelling, and then take learning beyond the basics to geography, world languages, music, creativity, science and life skills such as brushing their teeth. As they embark on new learning adventures, kids can also practice their writing skills with step-by-step guidance and a child-sized stylus. Built with 2 GB of memory, LeapPad encourages learning on the go and inspires curious minds to imagine more with a complete suite of innovative creativity tools featuring a built-in camera and video recorder, microphone, as well as art, story, and photo studios. Adding even more fun, kids can stretch, stamp or draw on their pictures to create personalized snapshots. LeapPad‘s Animation Studio teaches children how to animate beloved Disney characters.


With Story Studio, kids create their own stories all about them using the built-in camera, personalized artwork and even their own voice. This new app offers kids the opportunity to create more than 27,000 story combinations, including imagining what they want to be when they grow up, building their own family tree and more. Best of all, LeapPad allows parents to easily and instantly share their children’s masterpieces with family and friends via email or Facebook. Kids will experience an entirely new way to read with LeapPad reading apps interactive cinematic book experiences designed to guide children through the story and develop a whole new love of reading. The variety of entertaining features engage children page after page. Each book is actually three books in one, as children read at their own pace with auto-adjustment of the story text.


Children can touch the words to hear them sounded out and benefit from a visual dictionary to help build phonics, comprehension and vocabulary skills. With the microphone, children can record their own narration and show their parents what they have learned. These apps bring reading to life through animation and motion-based activities while featuring popular characters such as Disney‘s Lightning McQueen and Cinderella, helping children improve their reading skills. LeapPad has 2 GB of memory and a 5-inch touch screen with 480×272 resolution. It offers kids motion-based play with a sensor and includes a built-in camera, video recorder, microphone and stylus. LeapPad will be sold at MSRP $99.99 USD, with downloadable apps priced at MSRP $5.00 USD and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99 USD. LeapPad is now available in green and pink, and for pre-sale at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland. For details visit LeapPad will be available at major retail locations beginning August 15 and in other countries such as Australia and New Zealand later in the year.


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  On June 30, 2011(5 years, 12 months ago.)

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11 Responses

  1. Na Says:

    Just bought this leappad for my son. Great idea but their website interface/server is a nightmare!! Takes forever to download anything and usually crashes before it is done. I managed to download the three free apps that come with the hardware after many hours (!) but then the app crashed and I now cannot access these free apps anymore. I have now spent the best of the last 30 hours trying to make this work. I am very frustrated by the experience and I am still at square one. I am very close to bring the all thing back to the store and never buy Leapfrog again.

    Posted on October 13th, 2011 at 11:36 PM

  2. Scentedviolets Says:

    I agree. It is not user friendly and not easy to figure out the downloading. The games are way too expensive for the short duration of the games and not all the graphics are good only a few.

    Posted on November 22nd, 2011 at 9:16 PM

  3. Jamesvb420 Says:

    I agree been trying for 5 hours now, fuck leapfrog , fucking cocksuckers ruined my chistmas. Still not able to do anything except the lame ass weak pet pad and take pictures, for 100 I feel I got fucked and about to take back to store

    Posted on December 26th, 2011 at 5:28 AM

  4. Cyhanes Says:

    I agree it took a little longer to download. However, since  I have older children and one younger one,  I learned to pre-open Christmas items when I get them so I can charge, download or add batteries before wrapping. So everyone can a great Christmas and a piece of mind.

    Posted on December 28th, 2011 at 5:47 AM

  5. Daniel-The-Terminator Says:

    *shotgun reloading sound* NO-ONE FUCKS WITH MY FAMILY!!! *blows LeapPad to smithereens*

    Posted on March 31st, 2012 at 7:23 AM

  6. MYGIRLS321 Says:


    Posted on May 29th, 2012 at 10:56 PM

  7. Hah Says:

    i really want the leapad but my parents say nope

    Posted on June 3rd, 2012 at 9:02 AM

  8. JG Says:

    Whose cock did LeapFrog suck to get picked as a 2012 Toy of the Year? This thing is a piece of shit. Can’t even get it to connect to the LeapFrog Connect app for my two free games. This is the second LeapFrog device I have purchased and both have had problems on initial setup. I will NEVER buy another LeapFrog device again. What a joke!

    Posted on July 14th, 2012 at 8:59 AM

  9. Cheryl Niehaus Says:

    what is the point of all the nasty words…check the gifts before ya put them under the tree simple as that…We have a leappad and it works perfectly from day one. Before I wrapped it I downloaded the free games, added some, checked it etc and then put it back in the box. WOW–hope ya don’t talk like that in front of your children.

    Posted on July 22nd, 2012 at 1:46 PM

  10. cinderfairie Says:

    My son got a leappad 2 for Christmas and after 2 days the unit has started freezing up and wont power down unless the batteries are removed. We are very frustrated because we didn’t buy the unit for him, so we have no receipt and leapfrog sent me an email saying not to even contact costumer service unless we have a receipt. Not only did a family member spend a considerable amount of money on the unit and accessories we had spent a bunch on games the day after Christmas before we realized there was a problem.

    Posted on December 30th, 2012 at 11:21 PM

  11. joyrider Says:

    take it back to argos say you got it from them but have lost reciept they will give you like for like thats wat i did had the same problem bought it from ace though

    Posted on January 9th, 2013 at 3:39 AM

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