When the hubby bought me a Tablet for Mother’s Day last year, I had a feeling that I wouldn’t be the only one enjoying the benefit of having a tablet. Especially when I saw the gleam in Princess Nagger’s eyes as I unwrapped my gift. Sure enough, once the battery was fully charged, Princess Nagger persistently pestered me to ‘try it out’ – and promptly downloaded games she loves to play. It was fast turning into an expensive gaming tablet.
I had to start hiding my tablet if I ever wanted to make sure I’d keep grimy fingers off of it for any length of time – that way I could make sure it was available when I needed it, and still actually have some battery power left. Luckily her DSi XL and her Kindle Fire took over her penchant for pestering – mostly. Then when she had a chance to help Little Dude figure out the VTech MobiGo 2, she was looking forward to – and very excited to recieve – her very own VTech InnoTab 2:
She was only slightly disappointed that she didn’t get the girly pink version of the InnoTab 2, but as with everything else, color doesn’t matter and she happily embraced the white/blue/orange one:
The new InnoTab 2 comes with a rotating camera, which Princess Nagger thought was really cool, because she can easily take pictures of herself and of her friends. There’s a built in program that allows them to save and edit the photos using super funny and wacky special effects, stamps and more – she was giggling hysterically playing around with that feature.
It even works as a video camera – kids can record themselves, friends and family at any time (just be forewarned – you could have a little paparazzi on your hands with this). The videos can be watched anywhere, and can be downloaded and played back on the InnoTab.
There’s a built-in e-reader which is especially great for the younger set, since the stories come to life through interactive, animated e-books that offer story narration, character voices, animation, vivid graphics, sounds and music. Princess Nagger wasn’t very enthusiastic about this feature, which is understandable based on the higher level of reading she’s currently at, but it will definitely benefit Little Dude based on the website’s description:
Your child will learn and enjoy reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, word building, and interact with animated characters. As they read, kids will watch the words highlight and can touch individual words to hear them pronounced. Each e-book comes with a story dictionary offering word definitions that are easy for kids to comprehend and helps with the context of the story.
She sure had fun lounging around and playing with it, though:
Similar to the MobiGo 2, the InnoTab 2 offers two free downloads when you connect the device to the Learning Lodge Navigator and register the product. I ended up buying a few more downloads beyond the free ones, because they have so many to choose from, and I love that they aren’t just mindless games, but ones that make you think. I’ve even had fun playing some of them – payback for her playing games on my tablet, right?
There are literally hundreds of other educational activities to choose from depending upon your child’s needs and wants (and age). What’s cool is you can also track their progress through the Learning Lodge Navigator to see what academic skills they need to focus on more.
That’s going to come in really handy for Little Dude, especially since he’ll be starting Kindergarten next year – this will be a great (and fun) way to gauge what his learning levels are and what he needs special help on since we are completely in the dark about what he was potentially exposed to for the first 3-1/2 years of his life.
As of today there are only 99 days until Christmas – it’ll be here before you know it. I have a feeling this just might be on the Hot List for Christmas this year – so if you’re going to gift one to a deserving child in your life, you might want to get one sooner rather than later.
Right out of the box it comes equipped with tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, microphone and more — all for the same price of the original version at $79.99. You also receive built-in value with your InnoTab 2 purchase including one tilt sensor game, one augmented reality game, one e-book, art studio app, notes app, friends list, calendar and calculator to get started. It’s set up for immediate fun.
The only things you’ll need to supply are 4 AA batteries (you’ll also want to have extras on hand, since it does go through batteries fairly quickly with extended play – or you can purchase a rechargeable battery kit or an AC Adapter for times when they don’t need to be ‘mobile’).
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech, and received a VTech InnoTab 2 to facilitate my review. No monetary compensation was received implied or otherwise. All opinions are mine (and Princess Nagger, of course) and not influenced by outside sources. See my Disclosure Policy here.