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LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS new tablets announced
With summer holidays round the corner Leapfrog has announced an update to the popular kids’ tablet: the LeapPad2, as well as a new, sleek Explorer games and video player – the LeapsterGS.
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Available from August 2012 both the LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS boast enhanced features for “entertainment, creative exploration and fun”.
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The LeapPad2 includes higher resolution front and rear cameras, with both products featuring faster processors, better memory capability, and improved battery life.
What impressed us with the original LeapPad Explorer tablet is its fun design, and great content that not only entertains but im proves core learning skills for children.
While radically different in design from the Apple iPad the LeapPad Explorer offers a different experience, as well as shielding kids from everything else the iPad offers – and gives parents their favourite tablet back!
The original Leapster won the 2011 Educational Toy Of The Year, and numerous other parents’ awards.
LeapPad 2 and Leapster GS release date and prices
LeapPad2 will cost £89.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years.
LeapsterGS will cost £64.99 and is recommended for children 4 to 9 years.
Downloadable LeapPad and Leapster apps are priced from £3.50; and game cartridges at £19.99.
LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS will be available at major retailers in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada from early August and will be available for pre-sale at major online retailers from July 18.
The LeapFrog App Centre can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS platforms.
LeapPad 2 new features
The new LeapPad2 features higher resolution front-and-back cameras and video recorders, the new faster LF 2000 processor, double the memory (4GB) and improved battery life – in the same durable, child-friendly design that ensured sell-out performance last Christmas.
The new LeapPad 2 also includes extensive free content: a music player with five LeapFrog Learning Songs, a new Cartoon Director creativity app, an Art Studio creativity app, the popular Pet Pad writing app and choice of an additional app. LeapPad2’s Cartoon Director app makes the most out of the new features, letting young learners develop their inner director by creating and starring in their very own cartoons, as well as sharing their masterpieces with family and friends.
Leapster GS new features
LeapsterGS represents the next generation of Leapster Explorer. It has a thinner, sleek design, larger and higher quality screen, built-in motion sensor plus camera and video recorder, the new faster LF 2000 processor and 4x the internal memory (2GB).
With the LeapsterGS children take charge of the action with the built-in motion sensor by tilting, turning and shaking their way through the game.
They can also bring the real world into their play and put themselves right into the game – with its built-in camera, video recorder and microphone.
LeapsterGS also comes with free content, including the new “Escape of the Sillies” game app, the popular Pet Pad writing app and choice of an additional app.
Exclusive to LeapsterGS, the “Escape of the Sillies” app immerses children into the game with the built-in camera and face-morphing technology, where they can customise faces of silly monsters while building their maths skills.
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