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Love it! The original leapfrog Leapstart system broke down within a few months of usage. I was quite upset because I just bought a few new books and have yet to download them. I thought I had to discard them until I saw that leapfrog Leapstart go system! It’s light and portable unlike the old one which is quite bulky. Hope this can last for awhile.
If you missed the old school Leap Reader pen, you will love this. We bought the Leapstart 3D when the Leap Reader became obsolete, but hated tricking around that huge plastic book that chewed through batteries. The new Leapstart Go solves all of our problems as far as leapfrog products are concerned. My kids were thrilled to be able to bring the Go with them in the car or to a restaurant or doctor’s office waiting room. My only wish would be that the LeapReader books were compatible and that it stored audio books and songs like the Leapreader pen.
This item is great for toddlers. We had the old book tablet version my kids have been sharing for years. Finally decided to upgrade to the pens.
At first we were disappointed that leap frog added a screen to the pens, but after using we realized that the pen only sometimes shows a short video or graphic using the screen. Most of the interaction is still with the book. Keeps my 2 and 4 year old occupied for hours if we let them. We have almost all the books in the leap start library and they never get board with this.
Pros: -Rechargable battery using USB -volume control -headphone jack -easy for little hands to turn off and on
I have the book readers. And what I like better about this is that there is no cord connecting this to the book. We started have issues with that on the other one because it wouldn't read all the time. Definitely the wires were getting loose towards the book. So having this with no wires and and it being rechargeable is fantastic. The other one I had was not rechargeable and it was a pain to always be replacing the batteries. I like that this one here I can just plug in and we're good to go so having it recharging is best. The little video part is fine it's just a cute little picture more times than not with a little story coming from it which is fine. It makes it a little more fun for my daughter to read. I have been able to get quite a few books I think we have 13 maybe 14 pen with just a tiny little bit of space left. So for us that's all of the books we have and that's plenty. I was worried that it wasn't going to be enough room but it turns out there's plenty enough space for all of the books we had. I like that my daughter loves it. And that this is smaller so it is easier to actually take along with us. My two-year-old also seems interested in the pen too so she sits there and does the books with her big sister. I also did buy the leap reader I had gotten both one for my daughter and one for my son. They both I think are fine and I don't think we do a whole lot of the stories The kids really just use them to read along with their books. So comparing the two I don't see a whole lot of difference except for this one I can use the le ap books and the other one is the leap reader books. So it really depends on the books that you're going to be using. I do feel like this one here is more geared toward my preschooler
When my daughter stopped napping at 3, I decided to continue with 1 hour a day of quiet time in her room, and I wanted her to be semi-resting rather than playing or using typical screens. I got her this as a learning tool but found that she got too distracted by toys when I gave it to her in other parts of the day. During rest time, however, when she knows she’s not allowed to play with toys - she will HAPPILY play with this thing for an hour plus. I have about 10 books to go with it, and she learns SO much (she started telling me about her esophagus one night during her dinner, which one of these books teach about). she loves it, I love it, and I just got a second for my 18-month-old so they don’t have to fight over it.
Our LeapStart devices were not functioning well after just a couple of years and then, bam! This guy... and it is sooooo awesome. It has more storage than LeapStart, has ear phone jack, it very easy to use and is sooooooo amazingly portable! Everything about it is convenient. We were excited to be rid of the LeapStarts. This works with all of our first gen. books, too! We could happily go without the screen but that wasn’t an option and our 3 y/o enjoys the little shows it puts on. I can’t confirm durability and wouldn’t let anyone under 3- 3 1/2 use it because of the “bam bam” risk factor. I don’t trust that this is as much of a tank as the LeapStart was. We love these and would buy more if needed or for a gift. Great product!
First I want to say that I am a review reader. So I felt it important to leave one. I opened this prior to Christmas so I could charge it and preload the books we bought to go with it. The set up was simple and download didn’t take very long. You do need a laptop or computer with a USB port, you cannot use a phone. Just an FYI. The first day, my son wasn’t all that thrilled with it because I think he was a bit confused. We have now used it a few times and he’s gotten used to listening to what the pen is saying and used to what the different activity squares mean. That is the key. I like the educational value of the product as well. Added bonus: there is a headphone port!
We had multiple of the 3D Books for our toddlers, but kept having issues with the pen part breaking, so finally I just bought the pen. It works great, has WAY more memory, like holds 10more books! Will be buying another and getting rid of the 3D books.