We have covered stories concerning devices for kids from LeapFrog before, and here we have an upgraded LeapPad which has been turned into a kids’ tablet. What was once a book-like device that sports several interactive elements, the latest upgrade will “transform” said device into a tablet. With a 5″ display, the next-generation LeapPad will let those aged 4 to 9 have their very own tablet experience without running the risk of ruining your iPad 2. Sporting a touchscreen display, a rugged plastic case, camera, microphone and 2 GB of internal storage, you can forget about the Android operating system as LeapPad decided to run its proprietary OS instead.


The LeapPad will also be able to play nice with cartridges which were designed for the Leapster Explorer, retailing for $100 a pop. Of course, parents might want to consider forking out slightly more for a dedicated e-book reader that will last well into your little one’s teens (assuming proper support is provided then), helping stretch your overworked dollar to the maximum. Pre-orders for the LeapPad tablet will begin today onwards.

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