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Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Manufacturer: LeapFrog Enterprises
Price: $129.99

The LeapPad Platinum is the updated version of the popular LeapPad Ultra (2014). The Platinum comes with a USB cable, AC adapter, and Parent Guide. It features: a 7-inch high resolution touch screen, a fast and powerful processor, 8GB of memory, front and rear cameras/videorecorders, and a music player.

The tablet comes preloaded with several apps and includes 6 bonus LeapFrog Imagicard cards; children use the Platinum's camera to snap pictures of these game/collector cards and their characters "magically" appear on the screen. This feature delighted our young testers. Additional games and apps can be purchased from the LeapFrog library of games, books, videos, and apps. Parents appreciated the enhanced parental controls, kid-safe web browser, sturdy design, shatter-safe screen, and wrap-around bumper.

With all that upside, there is little (beyond the Imagicards) to differentiate the Platinum from its predecessor, the Ultra. Bottom line? Recommended, yes. A game changer, no.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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