VTech Innotab 2 Learning App Tablet Review

September 19, 2012

I’m constantly looking for ways to help Andrew learn his letters and numbers. He seems to have such a strong interest in learning them, but then gets impatient when I’m teaching him – so I’ve been looking at new approaches. 

He knows his entire alphabet by song – and can even say all of the letters individually, but when he looks at an ‘A’ he might call it an ‘E’.

I’m not worried that he’ll never get them, I just know that he’s very interested in reading and learning them – so I want to help him get some good, but fun practice in.

VTech Innotab 2

Now that I’ve been working with Vtech – They sent us an InnoTab 2 to review apart from the MobiGo Review that I did a few weeks ago.

Instantly we were blown away.  I loved that the InnoTab was responsive, and inviting to Andrew with the colors and the graphics.

VTech Innotab 2

The InnoTab 2 has nice sturdy edges, so when the kids drop it – it won’t break as easily – saving me from having to give Andrew my iPad when he wants to play next to me.

I also love the camera feature – and so does Andrew.  He can spend hours just making faces at the camera, and taking pictures of himself.

playing with innotab 2

I love that he’s been using the InnoTab and the programs that I’ve downloaded to trace letters with Letter Pooch… Letter pooch is a little bit technique sensitive, and gets him a bit upset when he keeps getting ‘restarted’ because of going out of the lines a little bit – but can get most of them with his finger.

playing with innotab

And learning numbers with the Counting Crabs… Just in a few days of playing this, he is pointing out numbers all over the place… ‘Mom! Mom!  That’s a “7” on my Shirt!’
We’ve still got a ways to go with addition, but at least he’s learning!

innotab 2 games

There are a LOT of options with the InnoTab 2.  Much greater than just the reading and math capabilities, making this device appropriate for children up to 9 years old!

  • 5″ color touch screen and tilt sensor
  • Rotating Camera & Video Recorder to take images and videos of themselves and others
  • Photo viewer
  • MP3 Music Player
  • Art Studio
  • More than 200 apps such as games, e-books and music can be easily uploaded to the InnoTab 2 through VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator
  • Cartridges with licensed characters (sold separately) teach essential skills in reading, logic, and creativity
  • Microphone
  • 2 GB onboard memory with SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB of memory (SD card not included)
    I love that the InnoTab2 also sits well on a table, with a toddler-friendly pull out area to help prop the InnoTab up:

tablet stand

Ultimately we’re really happy with the InnoTab 2.  However, I do feel that it is necessary to purchase other games and programs online to help use the InnoTab 2 effectively – we are adding them to Andrew’s Christmas and Birthday list – and several non-premium games can be purchased online for $2.99-4.99.

child's tablet

    I’m looking forward to seeing how well Andrew learns with the InnoTab 2, and how he can show Ethan how fun learning can be!

boys with tablet

If you’re interested in purchasing an InnoTab 2 for your child, be sure to get them before they run out again at Christmas! The Vtech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet can be found at stores online for approximately $79.

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received product samples to facilitate my review.

Comments

  1. Definitely on my Christmas list for my boys I would feel safer than letting them p,at with my iPad

    • Same here! Daddy was happy with our daughter Amy playing with his iPad until we caught her on eBay. Mild heart attack later and we had a look at the vtech range at ELC. Pricey, but it’d give us piece of mind if she had her own.

      Thanks for this review by the way. Although we’ll probably get the Innotab1 because of price. Could you recommend some good games for this?

  2. hi ive just bought m daughter one one of these for her birthday does the premium games mean the cartridges or can u download somethng to get the premium games on the innotab ?

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