LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer tablet: Release date and hands-on video

By Tina Chubb - Jun 28, 2011

A few months ago we brought you details on the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer tablet, which as we explained is a multi-functional learning tablet that is specifically designed for kids aged 4 upwards. Although we could provide our readers with a price for the upcoming device, the only information we could give on a release date was that the LeapPad Explorer tablet would be arriving sometime in the summer.

We have some good news now for those that interested in learning more about the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer tablet, as Zach Honig from engadget.com has recently uploaded a hands-on video of the device. The $99.99 tablet is available in both green and pink, and comes with a durable form factor, a 5-inch touch-screen with a 480 x 272 pixel resolution, a 400MHz processor and 2GB of built-in storage.

What makes the LeapPad Explorer tablet even better is the fact that it comes with an integrated camera that enables video capture, a microphone, accelerometer and a child-sized stylus. The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer will offer your child / children more than 100 learning game cartridges (which range in price from $5 to $25), videos, books and applications by the end of this year.

The great thing about the LeapPad Explorer tablet games is that they auto-adjust to enable your children to learn at the correct pace. Parents will also find that each LeapPad book app is actually three books rolled into one, with each story being offered at three different levels. The device will also remember a child’s progress from book to book and game to game, in order to keep the content engaging and challenging.

Children will not only be able to learn simple things such as phonics skills, spelling and mathematics, but they will also be able to take their learning to the next level with subjects such as world languages, creativity, science, geography and even life skills. The LeapPad Explorer will also allow kids to practice their writing skills using the stylus, while being helped along by the step-by-step guidance.

Not only does the LeapPad Explorer come with a built-in camera, video recorder and microphone, it also offers story, art and photo studios to encourage your child’s creative side. They will even be able to stretch, stamp or draw on their images to create personalized pictures. What’s more is that it will enable parents to instantly and easily share their child’s masterpieces with friends and family through email or Facebook.

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer learning tablet is available for pre-order now at major retailers in Canada, the US, Ireland and the UK, and will be on sale at major retail locations starting from August 15th. Other countries such as New Zealand and Australia can expect the device to arrive later this year. We’ve embedded Engadget’s hands-on video below this post.

Are you thinking about purchasing the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer for your child / children?

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