TOY REVIEW: Keeping Tabs On the Vtech Innotab 2

If you can’t keep your child away from your tablet, you might want to consider getting them a tablet of their own. The Vtech Innotab 2 is a multi-functional tablet meant for children from the ages of 3 to 9. It includes a video/photo camera, a 5-inch screen, 2 GB of memory, an SD card slot and a media play that will handle MP3s, videos and photos. It comes with a coloring app, an art studio app, 2 motion sensor games and one e-book. Two free downloads are available from the Learning Lodge Navigator site.

The on-board digital camera can be used to take pictures and videos and rotates from front to back, taking images in either direction. The images can be saved and your child can have fun editing and customizing them using the included stamps and special effects features.

The InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet e-books are interactive, using narration, animation, character voices and graphics to keep your child engaged. Words in the e-book are highlighted as your child reads them and a touch to the screen will pronounce the word. Each book has dictionary to help build your child’s reading comprehension and vocabulary. It is even possible for your child to interact with the story characters.

The motion sensor and touch screen allows interactive play, using the educational apps and games. Just as adults do on their own tablet device, your child can flick, tap, drag and drop. Turning, tilting and moving the tablet in different directions allows for additional game playing fun.

Another neat feature of the InnoTab 2 is that it can be personalized for up to 4 uses–each having a different user name, avatar, wallpaper and typed greetings. It has a kickstand, comes with two styluses, 2 motion games, 2 free downloads, 2 touch-screen games, 1 e-book and the coloring book and art studio apps. There is an extensive library of apps, games and e-books available for purchase as the Lodging Lodge Navigator site. The SD slot allows you to upload your own videos. This very popular item is currently selling at its list price of $79.99. It requires 4 AA batterie (naturally, not included) and comes with a 12-month warranty.