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VTech InnoTab Review

on 9.23.2011 at 8:00am
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Sometimes I get to realize just how cool this whole blogging thing is.  This week I became the coolest mom in the world when we opened a box and out popped a brand new (not even released to the public) VTech InnoTab.

***This giveaway has expired, but to see current giveaways go here.***

This tablet is the kid’s version of the popular tablets that a lot of us have grown to love.  Thanks to my husband being a gadget loving engineer we already have an adult sized tablet (to remain unnamed) and all three of my girls know how to use it to play games.  They instantly had this one figured out too.

The awesome thing to me, is that it comes with games already on it!  I didn’t have to deal with 3 cranky children waiting for Mom to “get it ready” to play with.  Out of the box, InnoTab comes with a full suite of pre-loaded applications including an interactive, animated e-book, motion games, creative activities, MP3 music player, photo viewer, video player, alarm clock, calculator, calendar and an address book.  You can also download more titles, games and apps from there online store – VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator.  I don’t know that my girls need all of these apps, but for right now they are very content with the Disney Princess storybook builder where you create your own stories and it reads them back to you.

Another great thing about the InnoTab is that is is virtually indestructible against my 3-year-old.  VTech suggests this product for ages 4-9, but even my youngest loves to take her turn just as much as the big girls.

Not that VTech is asking for my opinion but there are two small things that I would fix (or be ready for).  First it turns off as an adult would expect by just pushing the power button.  For kids though, that is too easy and if my girls hit the wrong button they just lost the story they were writing or game.  Second, it loves batteries!  So get prepared with some good rechargable batteries.  So far in the 3 days we have had it we’ve already gone through 8 AA’s.

All in all I’m really impressed.  I got to see a prototype of this a number of months ago and they have truly created a great product for kids.  It’s light, easy for them to use without asking me 4,000 questions and something that I know they are learning with every game they play!

Features:

  • 5″ color touch screen and tilt-sensor for educational gameplay
  • E-books, educational games, creative activities, learning apps, and more available on cartridge or as downloads from VTech Learning Lodge Navigator website
  • 4 different media players: E-Book reader, MP3 music player, photo viewer and video player
  • 64MB onboard memory and SD card slot for memory expansion
  • Learning toy connects to PC/Mac with included USB cable

If you’re anxious to go ahead and purchase the InnoTab for your favorite little one, be patient.  It will be sold at Kmart, Toys R Us, Walmart, VTech, and Amazon.com in October (or you can pre-order now).