LeapFrog’s LeapPad Ultra Tablet Brings Apps and Safe Browsing to Kids

LeapPad-Ultra-CroppedIf your kids always want to play on your iPad or Android tablet, youth educational entertainment company LeapFrog has a new kid-friendly tablet that might be a more suitable alternative for them — though you’ll have to wait until later this summer.

The new LeapPad Ultra tablet is recommended for kids ages 4 to 9, and the device works with LeapFrog’s library of games and apps. It’s more than just a toy and more like a pared-down version of a grown-up tablet, complete with a seven-inch screen, stylus or touch response, front and back cameras and 8 GB of storage space.

The tablet includes the “LeapSearch by Zui” kid-safe web browser, so parents might be able to worry a bit less about their children stumbling on the wrong website. LeapSearch includes videos, images and websites that are kid-approved by LeapFrog’s team of learning experts. Parents can also use a four-digit security to change various parental controls, and they can also sync content directly to their child’s LeapPad Ultra via a Wi-Fi connection. The available content includes more than 800 games, apps, eBooks, videos and music that pertain to topics like math, science, reading and creativity.

The LeapPad Ultra can also connect peer-to-peer with other LeapPad Ultra tablets across Wi-Fi, meaning kids can use compatible apps with friends or siblings. The tablet’s battery is rechargeable via USB and LeapFrog claims it lasts for “9 hours of play.”

The tablet comes preloaded with 11 apps including a music player with learning songs, art and photo apps, a pet app, a chat app and utility apps like a calculator and calendar. Additional apps cost $5 and higher to download. You can also buy game cartridges for about $25.

The LeapPad Ultra tablet retails at $149.99, but you’ll have to wait a bit until it’s available. Pre-sales begin online on July 17, and it will only hit major American, Canadian and British retail locations in August. The tablet will be available in other select countries — like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, etc. — later this fall.

Do you let your kids play with your tablet or have you bought them their own kid-friendly device? Or is it a no-tablets-for-the-kids rule at your house? Let us know in the comments.

Thumbnail and image courtesy of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.

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