Today we're comparing two awesome interactive kids learning tablets. The V-tech InnoTab 2 and the LeapFrog LeapPad 2. Both are neat products, but we're going to break each one down and see how they compare in specific categories.
First off we'll compare the designs of the two tablets. Both have nice sized screens, and both are attractive in their own way. The InnoTab is thinner, longer, and wider than the LeapPad, which is more compact and shorter. The InnoTab has these clusters of colorful buttons, while the LeapPad has a more uniform appearance. It's a matter of opinion, but upon first glance I found the LeapPad 2 to be more aesthetically pleasing. It has an overall sleeker and more uniformed look and while the InnoTab is more colorful, kids' love of iPads shows they don't always need a bunch of eye catchers to be intrigued with something.
Looks are certainly a factor, but what really counts is the durability. These are not cheap products, and it's impossible to avoid it getting dropped or banged around, so we want to make sure that they're well made. The LeapPad is a bit more compact then the InnoTab, and it seems like the materials it is made out of are of a higher quality. The InnoTab on the other hand has these rubber tipped corners that will help cushion falls, but it also has these little wiggly parts that seem like they could snap off. The game cartridge is also much more exposed then it is on the LeapPad. Neither one is invincible, but we in a comparison of the LeapPad 2 vs InnoTab 2, we found the LeapPad to be more durable. Its density and material quality were what ultimately pushed it ahead.
So we're going to go over some of the basic features of each and see how they stand up to each other.
In terms of the screen, both are 5 inch LCDs, and both are close in clarity and the sharpness of the image. The Vtech InnoTab 2 has buttons to adjust brightness, but we found they didn't make much difference. If we had to pick between the two, again we'd have to say the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 was just a smidge better. Its image was a tad sharper than that of the InnoTab. That being said, they're really pretty much the same.
It may be hard to hear over video, but the LeapPad has a clearer, sharper sound then the InnoTab, which sounds slightly muffled in comparison.
Both tablets have pretty simple controls. The LeapPad 2 has its power... volume... home... and navigation buttons... all of which, with the exception of the navigation button, are sunken. This makes it less likely that it will accidently get turned on and run out of juice before you really need it. The InnoTab 2 has 8 buttons... camera... power... brightness adjustment... volume.... Help.... and home... I thought it seemed a bit cluttered in comparison to the LeapPad, and with the exception of the home button, all of the buttons pop out, making them easier to accidently push. Overall I liked the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 control layout more. I liked the sunken buttons, and its intuitively easier to navigate.
There wasn't much competition when it came to the load time and responsiveness. The LeapPad 2 loaded everything far quicker than the InnoTab 2. If we boot them up... you can see that the LeapPad shows its sort of logo screen briefly before taking you straight to the menu. The InnoTab, on the other hand, shows this loading screen-not just when you turn it on, but before any activity you do. Hands down, in a comparison between the InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2, LeapFrogs kids tablet was much faster.
Technology like this is just plain impressive, and truth be told, you and your kids would probably thoroughly enjoy either of these tablets. However, after spending quite a bit of time playing around with both, I have to say that overall I thought the LeapPad 2 was the better kids tablet. From its appearance... to its functions and features... it's a delight to use... thoughtfully laid out and a wonderful learning tool.