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LeapFrog announces LeapPad Explorer Tablet

To the dismay of many parents, their beloved Apple iPad has become the go to toy for the sticky fingered little people in their lives. With a starting price of $500, it’s not surprising that Moms and Dads have yearned for a viable, inexpensive alternative. Enter the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet. A kid friendly, durable, interactive tablet with a built in microphone and video capable camera promising to fulfill the needs of kids and adults alike.

According to the official LeapFrog press release:

Available beginning summer 2011, LeapPad Explorer will be sold at MSRP $99.99, with downloadable applications priced at MSRP $7.50 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. The LeapPad Explorer will be available at leapfrog.com and at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Korea and Thailand.

Below is an official video from LeapFrog that demonstrates some of the functionality:

LeapFrog has a fantastic reputation for building educational yet fun products for children. This tablet represents one of their most ambitious undertakings to date. We look forward to getting hands on experience with the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer to provide you with a comprehensive review.

Parents, do you think LeapFrog is on the right track with this new device?

  • Erikarois

    After looking into getting an iPod touch ($300) for a 3yo this is a better alternative. We have the leapster explorer and the main issue I have is that my son plays with the profiles and I can’t lock them. Very annoying. Hopefully, the allow parents to lock settings.

    • Anonymous

      That’s a great point Erikarois and very useful feedback which LeapFrog should know about.  I’d suggest you contact them at the following email address to make that suggestion. 


  • Pretty cool, but the hard part may be to convince the kid to switch!

    I too have to share (and often lost that battle) my iPad with my 2 year old. So when I was recently gifted a new iPad 2, I was excited to get some peace. But no, she started asking for the iPad 2 instead, ditching the older model like an old shoe! 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your comment Papalogic. I agree the switch may be a tough sell. I would think it might at least give a
      Parent time back with their IPad while one’s child plays with the Leapster.

  • DacayanaH

    Hi, I was just wondering if this pad and software would be appropriate for a two year old to use.

    • Anonymous

      No child is the same, so really it depends on your own judgment (you know your child best), but generally speaking, I’d suggest waiting until a child is at least 3 before introducing this type of product.  Also, the LeapPad is a 1st generation product with all its inherent flaws.  I’d wait for version 2 before considering purchasing it.  

  • Sbunsee

    Hey, my leappad explorer has locked up. It is stuck on the leapfrog screen. What can i do.

    • Anonymous

      Try troublieshooting via LeapFrog’s website.  It’s probably still under warranty, so worse case scenario, you can probably replace it at no cost.  But check with them to find out for sure. Good luck.  

    • Amy_donahue

      Have you found a solution to this?  My leappad that is two months old just started doing this and I cannot find any answers online.

    • K.Le

       Any solution?  My daughter’s leappad explorer is doing the same thing.  Should I contact them to do the warranty since it’s still under 1 year?