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InnoTab 3S

InnoTab 3S

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

The InnoTab 3s has 4 GB of memory, WiFi, rechargeable battery packs, a camera, and the ability to record up to 5 minutes of video. The screen is about 3x5, and includes both a stylus and a dpad. It comes with a number of preloaded apps, including Art Studio (a paint program), a child friendly web browser, an app kids can use to message with their parents, and a Farmville type game called "My Magic Beanstalk." The version we tested also came with a cartridge with 3 additional apps - H20 Go (a game about the water cycle), Color & Pop, and and and an ebook called "What's That Noise." Many additional apps and ebooks are available on the Vtech "Learning Lodge" website, but at additional cost.

Unfortunately, our young testers found clicking with the stylus and the slowness of the response time frustrating. We set up the WiFi, but it took us a while to figure out how to do it. The flow for setting up websites beyond those preselected, was fairly straightforward -- but not all sites display well on this oddly shaped screen.

Overall this technically sophisticated children's product is worth investigating as parents carefully compare the many options currently available.

Rachel Schiff   ©2013 Parents' Choice

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