Posted on May 11th, 2014
The Meep! X2 and the LeapPad Ultra are very similar in price, so it is interesting to compare these two kids tablets. Both are 7 inches running on the Android interface.
One main difference between the two is that they target slightly different age demographics. The LeapPad Ultra targets children ages 3 to 9 years old, while Meep! targets those of 6 years and into their teens. It includes learning apps that teach more advanced algebra.
Perhaps the best way to compare and contrast is by comparing the on 2 fronts: software and hardware.
Both tablets manufacturers have an app store where kids can download educational apps. But the LeapPad Ultra has the most extensive selection, and they are forward compatible. This means that when LeapPad comes out with a new tablet, the apps will be available for it as well. There are over 800 apps to choose from.
While the Meep manufacturer also has proprietary software, it gives access to Google Play. Google Play has many more apps available.
It should be noted that LeapPad apps cost up to $15 per app, which is not ideal. They are, however, excellent software. LeapPad now offers the ability to transfer music and videos from your computer to the tablet. So if you already have an arsenal of media for your kids, this can come in handy. The LeapPad store also offers peer to peer games, so your kids can play with each other.
Another great feature of the LeapPad Ultra software is the virtual pet app that comes preloaded. Kids can learn how to take care of a pet and take it anywhere; no need to be connected to the internet.
In terms of parental controls, the LeapPad Ultra has a slight advantage. With both tablets, parents can allow or deny access to certain apps for a user account. They can also set a time limit of app usage, and set web filters. But with the LeapPad Ultra, parents can customise the web filters, or they can set the filter to one that has been created by LeapPad.
What is great about the LeapPad is that the battery life lasts up to 9 hours. This beats most kids tablets for the same price. But it does not have a very powerful processor, which is a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2. It is not even dual core, while some of the other tablets are even quad core. And to make things worse, the processor only has 512MB of RAM. This is pretty flimsy for a 7 inch tablet.
In terms of processing power, the Meep wins, with a dual core 1.2 GHz processor. And with 1GB of RAM, this certainly stacks up better in terms of performance.
But while the LeapPad is lacking in the performance area, it almost makes up for it with its 8GB right out of the box. The Meep only 4GB of storage but can be expanded to 32GB with a microSD card.
When it comes to attractiveness, the Meep wins, with its curved exterior and matte colored rubber bumper. The chassis also happens to be splash proof.
So which tablet wins overall? It is difficult to say. Of foremost importance, we know that the Meep! X2 targets kids into their teens. So depending on your kids ages, this may be of concern to you.
In the software aspect, the LeapPad Ultra seems to be the most robust and offers a more extensive app selection. But you can still use the Meep! to access Google Play to search its very wide array of apps, if that is of interest to you.
The hardware on the Meep is more powerful, with its dual core 1.2 GHz processor, while the LeapPad has a flimsy 1 GHz processor with only 512MB of RAM.
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