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InnoTab® 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet

InnoTab® 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Manufacturer: Vtech
Price: $99.99

The InnoTab 2S features a 5" color touch screen, 2GB of memory, secure Wi-Fi connection, expandable memory, a rotating camera/video recorder, microphone and player for a child's MP3 songs and videos. Out of the box, it includes two styli, a USB cable, 12 onboard apps (including Tools and Media Players), 2 free downloadable apps, and a cartridge containing 3 apps ("Read, Play, and Create"). A range of age-appropriate content is designed to help develop and hone cognitive development, reading concepts, basic math and science skills, problem-solving skills, visualization and memory.

Although some found the swipe function somewhat temperamental at times, our young testers (and parents) particularly liked the rotating camera lens, art studio, as well as the calculator and calendar functions.

The good news/bad news: Just because the device has Wi-Fi doesn't mean it can handle email or YouTube; it wasn't designed for that. But it was designed to search the VTech content store. And that may be a sticking point for some parents. Children can explore the Learning Lodge Navigator content to send wish lists to their parents; and, parents can access the Wish List Manager to purchase these apps via computer, tablet or smart phone. Although a clever piece of software, some parent testers found this a sticky issue to navigate. "Yes, children, we did give you this tablet hoping you'd (return my tablet) spend time with "educational" content but didn't intend this as an open invitation to spend our money." Hang tough, parents. There are worse problems to have.

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