I had mixed feelings when I gave up my iPad 2 last month, but it turned out to be more of a toy and less of a tool so I felt the need to switch back to a laptop. Tablets are great, but definitely not a replacement for a laptop if you need to get serious work done— at least for me. It worked well for apps, surfing and social purposes, but I did not feel like I was using it to its full (and rather pricey) value. On the other had, it was perfect for entertaining the kids, but since my husband still has one they have access to I finally said my goodbyes and saw my tablet on its way.
I am happy I went back to a laptop, but tablets are definitely have their place and are a lot easier for my kids to maneuver than a computer. Although I would never buy my kids their own iPad, I jumped at the chance to try the VTech Innotab 2. The look on my daughter’s face when she got her own “pad” says it all. It is everything kids love about iPads, but in a smaller, more kid friendly form. The only real difference has been the load time is a little longer than the iPad, but it has not been an issue for my daughter.
The games have been entertaining, but so far our favorite has been the ebooks. My daughter can click on keywords and read their definitions and she will randomly spout off a new definition of one word or another throughout the week. I plan on downloading a number of new ebooks to keep her entertained on the plane when we travel overseas to visit family this winter. I am actually pretty excited about bringing it on our trip, because it can house so many books and games that would otherwise take a lot more space in our luggage.
My daughter has enjoyed making her own movies with the rotating camera and we even started using the calendar this week where she can drag “stickers” to certain days, holidays and events. The stylus helps with more detailed coloring and clicking and I appreciated that they included an extra stylus, since they are more than likely to get lost or misplaced. The Innotab 2 has been the perfect replacement for my iPad for the kids so far at a fraction of the price. We plan on uploading some of her favorite songs to the music library this week so that she can listen at her own leisure and my daughter is excited to be just like Daddy!
Do you own a tablet and let your kids play on it, or do they have their own?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received product samples to facilitate my review.