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VTech InnoTab 3S Review

SUMMARY

The Innotab 3S is an educational wifi tablet for kids ages 3-9 years old. Kids can now download keaning apps and games straight from the VTech Learning Lodge.

These apps teach kids about science, logic, creativity, reading and writing. They can message their friends through a secure connection to their tablets or phones.

With the Innotab 3S’s parental controls, you can choose which apps are available at what times in order to maximize your kids’ productivity.

The tablet comes preloaded with 16 games and activities. It has a touch screen and stylus for fun, and interactive usage. And with the 180 degree rotating camera and photo editing suite, kids can take pictures and video, and add photo fun photo effects.

PROS

  • Age appropriate apps through the Learning Lodge
  • Great sound
  • Parental controls are in-line with higher end kids wifi tablets

CONS

  • A bit sluggish
  • Dim Display
VTech Innotab 3S Tablet


Innotab 3S Tablet
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Overall Rating 4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
Manufacturer VTech
Operating System Android

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Review By: Benjamin

Benjamin is a father and lover of all things tech. He blogs about kids tablets with his wife Adriana.

VTech Innotab 3S Features

Tablet Anatomy

The InnoTab3 comes in either Pink or Blue, or with Fairies or Mickey Mouse drawn over the edges of the tablet. The edges are fairly thick in order to allow kids to play games without their fingers accidentally touching the screen while using the directional pad.

Beneath the screen, there is a Home button to allow kids to return to the main menu at any time. The tablet also has a power button located at the top right, and 2 volume control buttons. And for easy gameplay, it features a directional control pad that can be used in tandem with the voice recorder.

The dimensions of the tablet are 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches. But with a 5-inch display, the chassis is extra thick so that kids can hold onto it easily. The chassis also features rubber sides and corners for better grip.

There is a stylus attached to the back of the tablet. You can also find 2 battery covers and a cartridge slot.

Speakers

According to several sources, the Innotab 3S has a surprisingly great sound. It has better bass sounds than some other kids tablets, and the sound is crisper. The audio is not distorted when played at higher volume levels.

Another feature of the speaker system is the audio whenever an app is selected. Every time one is selected, the voiceover states the name of the app. It also gives clear instructions on how to use the app to ensure that kids don’t need parental guidance for using them.

Learning Lodge App Store

The Learning Lodge, a proprietary app store belonging to VTech, hosts over 500 games and learning apps and they create more every year. They can be browsed by age range so that the most appropriate apps can be selected. Included are apps that feature Spongebob Squarepants, Disney, and Dora the Explorer. Some of the apps are free, while others are paid.

The Progress Lodge will show the parent and the child their achievements once they have completed certain learning outcomes. The achievement categories are Social Sciences, Creative and Critical Thinking, Math, Reading, and Language.

The Innotab 3S also comes pre-loaded with essential apps that will help your child learn. The Wish List Maker send favorites to parent’s email. when parent’s purchase the app, it automatically downloads to it the tablet. The Magic Beanstalk is a virtual pet that kids can nurture every day and watch grow. There is also a Friends List app to keep track of contacts’ information and birthdays. With the Kid Connect Basic app, kids can send texts to smartphones and other kids tablet users. It also creates a secure connection between parents’ smartphones and the tablet. Finally, the Wonder Cam app will allow your kids to create some awesome photo effects (there are over 60 of them) to foster their visual creativity.

Mommy-Mode

The InnoTab 3S has good parental control features. For example, content cannot be deleted from the tablet unless the parent is logged in. Kids also can’t start downloading apps from the app store unless the parent registers. Once kids launch their web browser, they will notice 3 different tabs; one for Favorites, one for Parent Approved, and one for VTech selected.

The parental controls on this tablet are sufficient, but not as extensive as some other tablets. For example, the Kurio 7S offers very robust parental control, but it has bad graphics and audio quality. The InnoTab 3S, despite its simplistic mommy-mode feature, is still a better choice.

Ease Of Use

Upon turning on the InnoTab 3S, you will be prompted to create user a user profile for your child. You can snap a picture right from the tablet’s camera in order to add it to the profile. You can add up to 4 accounts on the tablet.

Once a profile is created, you can select the profile on the screen to display the profile and its photo. You can then swipe horizontally to display a series of apps lined up in 2 rows. Once an app is selected, a voice prompt will explain how to use the app.

The stylus is located on the back of the tablet. It can be used to play interactive games, and browse the internet with ease. The tablet can also be titled for horizontal and vertical display.

Verdict

The Innotab 3S is a great wifi tablet for kids. The Kids Connect feature will allow secure connection to other kids tablets or phones. Kids can also connect with parents throughout the day. The Learning Lodge delivers ages appropriate learning materials and games based on the child’s age. The audio is surprisingly good, with bass notes giving a thumping noise.

The display is dimmer than the Fuhu nabi Jr. 5″. Both have a 5-inch display, but the Nabi Jr. is 7 x 4.5 x 1.3 inches and the InnoTab 3S is 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches. It is a matter of preference, as the greater size will allow kids to has a better grasp on the tablet.

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Hardware Specs

Age Range 3-9 Years Old
Connection Wifi and USB
Screen Size 5 Inches
Screen Type Backlit LCD Touch Screen
Memory 4GB with option to buy 32 SD memory card
Weight 2.1 Pounds
Batteries Requires 4 AA Batteries

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