Posted by Simon Jary 08 August 2013
Kids tablet LeapPad Ultra launches in UK
Leapfrog today launched its new children’s tablet, the LeapPad Ultra, at a star-studded event in London’s Hamley’s toy shop. Read our Leapfrog LeapPad Ultra review.
Kids TV stars Dick and Dom announced the new LeapPad in front of a select audience of children and parents who had won their places via a special Facebook competition. Now watch our young reviewers test it out on our LeapPad Ultra video review.
Hamley’s is one of the oldest toy shops in the world, founded way back in 1760, when children still scratched on slate tablets with pieces of crumbly chalk.
It is over the road from Apple’s mammoth Apple Store in London’s Regent Street.
The LeapPad Ultra is the successor to the phenomenally successful LeapPad 2 tablet for kids. Watch our LeapPad 2 video review with our 6-year-old reviewer showing off the tablet. Read our LeapPad 2 review.
The Leapfrog LeapPad Ultra costs £119.99 ($149 in the US), and features a child-safe web browser, wi-fi, 7-inch touchscreen, rechargeable battery, and 8GB of internal storage.
Dick and Dom talked about the child-safe benefits of the LeapPad Ultra, compared to open adult tablets such as Apple’s iPad or the many Android tablets.
LeapFrog built LeapSearch, a proprietary kid-safe web browser that parents should be able to trust. With LeapSearch's new parental tools, including a four-digit security code, parents are in control of what their child is able to access using the LeapPad Ultra. LeapSearch is a closed environment of pre-approved, white-list YouTube video and site content.
Tech Advisor junior tech reporter Lexi Jary, who video reviewed the LeapPad 2, was interviewed (See below) at the launch, and will be making a new video review of the LeapPad Ultra once she has had an extended testing play session with the new kids tablet.