LeapFrog’s latest tablet just couldn’t wait to show off for the camera, making its on-screen debut over at the FCC’s site a few weeks back. The kid-friendly tech company was finally ready to show the thing off for real this week, almost exactly a year after letting us take a look at the previous-generation device. The slate, naturally, maintains the kid-friendly software and rugged design that have become customary across LeapFrog’s hardware offerings, while adding enough new features to let the company confidently refer to the LeapPad Ultra as “the ultimate kids learning tablet.” Though they might be just a tad biased when it comes to such overarching statements.
The Ultra’s got a 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 touchscreen display that works with an stylus to help kids learn to write with something other than their fingers (making it not too unlike the LeapReader in that respect). There are front- and rear-facing cameras for its built-in imaging programs and 8GB of storage for downloading some of the 800-plus LeapFrog-approved apps downloadable from the company’s App Center (which wasn’t ready to demo when we looked at the hardware). The choices include proprietary apps and selections from partners like Pixar and Sesame Street. The tablet’s got all kinds of parental protection, including secure WiFi and a four-digit code for updating. And while there’s an included chat app (Pet Chat), communication is limited to other LeapPads, using a limited number of canned responses.
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