Consumer Reports Talk About Toy Tablets

By on December 9, 2011

Consumer Reports have tested the latest in toy tablets. “Toy tablets don’t have all the whistles and bells that standard tablets do, but their learning apps and kid-friendly content make them ideal for children” said Paul Reynolds, electronic editor, Consumer Report. The tablets were put to trial by the Consumer Report’s lab to see how good they functioned and by children of the appropriate ages to see how much the kids were attracted to them. Each tablet has a color touch-screen display, a few loaded games, and apps. The tabletscan be linked to a PC for new downloads and software upgrades. The Vici Tab is rechargable. The other tablets use AA batteries.

The LeapFrog LeapPad was the most enjoyable. Eight of ten kids would like to possess it. The Fisher Price IXL was commonly liked by younger children and had the longest battery life in the trial. Children liked the games on Vtech Inno Tab the best. The Vinci Tab had the best display and touch-screen of all the tablets. The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablets sells for $100, the Fisher Price IXL 6-in-1 Learning Systems sells for $80.00, The Vtech Inno Tech Interactive Learning Tablet sells for $80.00 and the Vinici Tab sells for $480.00. The full report is free on http://www.Consumer Reports.org.

The toy tablets sound like enjoyable toys and make learning fun. How long do the toys tablets last (not counting battery life) with heavy duty use? Are the toy tablets sturdy or fragile? Sometimes kids fight over toys and pull on them.

Here is the official press release:

Consumer Reports Puts Toy Tablets To The Test

LeapFrog LeapPad is Rated Most Fun Overall, Vtech InnoTab Has Best Games

YONKERS, N.Y. , Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Toy tablets, like their adult-oriented counterparts, figure to be a popular gift item this holiday season. Fourteen percent of Americans plan to give a LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet ($100) as a present, according to a recent Consumer Reports poll. In addition to the LeapPad, Consumer Reports tested three other tablet-like toys: the Fisher Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System ($80), and the Vtech InnoTab Interactive Learning Tablet ($80). CR also tested the Vinci Tab ($480), an Android tablet that’s geared toward kids. The full report is available for free online at http://www.ConsumerReports.org.

“Toy tablets don’t have all the bells and whistles that standard tablets do, but their learning apps and kid-friendly content make them ideal for children,” said Paul Reynolds, electronics editor, Consumer Reports.

The tablets were tested both in the Consumer Reports lab to see how well they performed, and by children within the manufacturer-recommended age ranges to see how much kids liked them. Each table features a color touchscreen display, at least a few preloaded learning games and apps, and the ability to connect to a PC for new content downloads and software upgrades. All except the rechargeable Vinci Tab are powered by AA batteries.

The LeapFrog LeapPad was the most fun overall, as judged by Consumer Reports’ kid panelists. Eight in 10 children said that they would like to own it. The Fisher Price iXL was popular with younger kids and had the longest battery life in lab testing; as for the Vtech InnoTab, the kid testers thought its games were the most fun. The Vinci Tab had the best display and touch-screen interface of the toy tablets, but was otherwise not a standout performer in lab tests and it costs much more than the other tested tablets.

For more information on electronics for kids and for buying advice and Ratings of regular tablets, please visit www.ConsumerReports.org.

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

DECEMBER 2012

The material above is intended for legitimate news entities only; it may not be used for advertising or promotional purposes. Consumer Reports® is an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. We accept no advertising and pay for all the products we test. We are not beholden to any commercial interest. Our income is derived from the sale of Consumer Reports®, ConsumerReports.org® and our other publications and information products, services, fees, and noncommercial contributions and grants. Our Ratings and reports are intended solely for the use of our readers. Neither the Ratings nor the reports may be used in advertising or for any other commercial purpose without our permission. Consumer Reports will take all steps open to it to prevent commercial use of its materials, its name, or the name of Consumer Reports®.

About Kerin Peel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>