Leap Frog is known for it’s scrutiny of quality and close relationship with educators. The Ultra is no different; everything about the Ultra is a refinement and a re-iteration, of the LeapPad 2 Which isn’t a bad thing, the LeapPad 2 has received much praise over the years, from educators, parents and kids.
The tablet itself is physically well built, and will take the hits and drops it will most likely encounter in small hands. Its exterior is grippy, durable and feels well made. The button’s are in the in same positions as the other LeapFrog products, so any child that is receiving the Ultra as an upgrade will pick it up quickly.
Unlike its predecessor, the LeapPad uses a built in battery, so it will plug in like like any other adult Android tablet or Apple iPad. Which is good thing…. or bad, depending how you look at it. It definitely address the concerns over previous versions LeapPad tablets, with parents going through AA’s and rechargeables. However, Children seem to misplace AC adapters and cords just as frequently (especially at school) so any saved money in running costs are negated the moment your child leaves their adapter behind.
- High quality proprietary apps
- Kid filter friendly web
- Apps are a bit pricy
- Poor out-of-box experience
LeapPad Ultra Tablet
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|Overall Rating||(4.5 / 5)|
Review By: Adriana
Our LeapPad Ultra Tablet Review is a summary of the most important aspects of a tablet. Read the following for our full specs review for the LeapPad Ultra.
LeapPad Ultra Features
The app store of the LeapFrog really does have a superb selection, they have all the major cartoon characters, lovable stories, and their track record with educators speaks for itself. Everything is chosen carefully and reviewed, so you really are getting great stuff.
This “boutique-ness” of the app store and the expert educators that review it comes at a price (like everything in life!) Comparable learning apps on other tablets sell in the $0.99 – $5 range. So new-comers to the LeapFrog brand may find the $5+ apps prices add up quickly.
Another point to consider is that some apps are specific to the Ultra, so if you are a LeapFrog family, and have an older LeapPad or the revised LeapPad 2, the newer Ultra apps won’t be backwards compatible, however older cartridges and older apps should work with the newer Ultra. If you’re unsure, you can check out Leap Frog’s website, or shoot the customer support an email for the definitive answer.
The LeapPad Ultra has a Pet system, which allows your child to pick a Pet that lives in the device, they need to look after it and keep it maintained. Since the pet is not app specific, your child can bring it along in the games and adventures.
I really like the pet system, as it can prepare the child for being an animal owner in the future, as well as it doesnt stink as bad a real one!
A word of warning; make sure you make regular backups, as software updates and reloads can erase your child’s critter! That’s a conversation that happened to us, and explaining digital heaven to a toddler isn’t easy
The tablet uses a locked down web browser called Zui, which is a limited browser, designed only to allow kids to browse approved sites and social media content. Its all good in theory, but as any parent knows, its allways monkey-see monkey-do, so it won’t be long until they are wondering what they are missing.
That aside, the content you kid can access is again, hand picked and chosen by LeapFrog (which is really what you’re paying for with the whole LeapFrog system) The Zui browser features a lot of characters and social websites designed to teach your kid the basics of web browsing in safe way.
If you want to try it before you buy it, the browser is also available for the PC:
The content for the browser is updated constantly, so be sure to check out;
LeapFrog’s LeapPad Ultra linch-pins on the company’s brand strength,history and proprietary software. With apps priced at $5-$10, and with many Android based alternatives. Budget minded mommies and daddies might be better off pocketing the difference and saving for a college fund.
That being said, the LeapFrog company has a proven history, and the cherry-picked software and safety features are definitely something to consider for the parent who wants to be confident in delivering safe content for their child.
|Age Range||3+ Years Old|
|Connection||Wifi and USB|
|Screen Size||7 Inches|
|Processor||1 GHZ NVIDIA Tegra 2|
|Camera||Rotating 2 MP, 720p|