LeapFrog today unveiled new models of the award-winning line of LeapPad tablets, LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi to wage war in the battle for kids' tablet supremacy in 2014. Update: Now read our LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi reviews.
Both tablets are aimed at children aged 3-9 years old. Read on for their UK price and release dates. See all children's tablet reviews.
LeapPad3 has a new, improved 5-inch capacitive touchscreen and now comes with kid-safe web content and Wi-Fi.
LeapPad 3 has 4GB of memory – enough, Leapfrog claims, to store 20,000 photos – as well as two-megapixel front and back cameras and video recorders.
Its built-in lithium ion battery is rechargeable battery, similar to the previous LeapPad2 Power tablet.
LeapPad 3 includes 10 apps: Music Player plus 10 songs; Pet Pad Party; Pet Chat; Photo Fun Ultra; 5 Utility Apps; and a choice of 1 App Download.
The larger, 7-inch-screen LeapPad Ultra XDi builds on the success of the LeapPad Ultra which was recognised as one of the must-have Christmas toys for kids among top retailers in 2013.
LeapPad Ultra XDi boasts a high-resolution touch screen, 8GB of memory – so enough to store 40,000 photos.
The LeapPad Ultra XDi kids tablet also includes front and back 2-megapixel cameras and video recorders, a rechargeable lithium ion battery and an on-board MP3 player.
LeapPad Ultra XDi ships with 11 apps: MP3 music player with 10 songs, Art Studio, Photo Fun Ultra, Pet Pad Party game, Pet Chat, choice of 1 app download, and 5 utilities.
Both LeapPad tablets are also equipped with safe wireless peer-to-peer chat and gameplay. Children with LeapPad3 or LeapPad Ultra XDi tablets can play together using the included Pet Chat and Pet Pad Party apps, or with multiplayer games such as LeapFrog Kart Racing, Roly Poly World, Arturo's Bug Adventures and Go Gopher Go apps (sold separately).
Both LeapPad children’s tablets are designed specifically for kids, and have child-safe features lacking from adult tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android tablets.
LeapSearch, powered by Zui, is a kid-friendly web environment of videos, games and more that have been pre-screened by LeapFrog’s learning experts. Children can’t browse the wider web and so are not at risk of inappropriate content.
The tablets are built “kid-tough” with special impact zones to insulate and protect the tablet. Both the LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi have been drop tested, impact tested and compression tested in LeapFrog’s Quality Lab to ensure that it not only keeps functioning, but remains safe for a child as they play on their tablet.
The shatter-safe screen prevents glass from coming loose and is sealed with a silicone gasket for extra energy absorption for worry-free fun at home or on the go.
Learning Path provides weekly updates when your child plays with LeapPad Ultra XDi so you can track learning progress.
LeapPad3 UK price and release date
The LeapPad3 will retail for £89.99, for, and will be available in green and pink.
LeapPad Ultra XDi UK price and release date
The LeapPad Ultra XDi will be on sale for £119.99, also available in green and pink online.
Both LeapPads go on sale at major UK retail locations on 28 July 2014.
You can buy both much cheaper online. See best LeapPad deals here.
LeapPad software, apps and games
LeapPad3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi tablets provide access to LeapFrog’s Learning Library of more than 700 games, apps, eBooks, videos, music and more all designed or approved by LeapFrog’s team of gaming and learning experts, all with PhDs in various specialties including education, child development and educational psychology.
LeapFrog games draw from 2,600 skills across core subjects like reading, maths, science and creativity, and seamlessly blend LeapFrog’s comprehensive curriculum into age-appropriate gameplay and videos that keep children learning.