Vtech - InnoTab Learning App Tablet

My kids both adore playing on my tablet. They love listening to music, playing their games, and watching videos while on long car rides or when we're out shopping. Vtech has provided them with hours of fun with the Mobigo and V.Reader, so I couldn't wait for them to try the InnoTab.
Take learning to the next level with the InnoTab Learning App Tablet by VTech! This multi-media tablet combines interactive reading, learning games, creative activities, and a rich collection of applications into a sleek, durable, and educational toy that kids will want to play with. Featuring a 5" color touch screen and tilt-sensor, kids can tap, flick, drag, and pat their way to learning fun. The fun continues with many on-board applications such as an MP3 Player, Video Player, Art Studio, Friends List, Calculator, and Clock that will engage kids for hours as they develop their skills with this electronic learning toy. Additional cartridges with favorite licensed characters are sold separately and teach essential skills in reading, logic, and creativity. Additional content such as e-books and learning games can easily be uploaded to the InnoTab through VTech's Learning Lodge Navigator where parents can also see their child's progress on a variety of educational milestones and lessons.
  • 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 (SD memory card not included. InnoTab supports SD/SDHC memory cards between the sizes of 2GB and 16GB.)
  • Learning toy connects to PC/Mac with included USB cable
The back has a stand so that the InnoTab can sit up, but it is pretty flimsy and I'm worried that it will eventually break. You can hook the USB cord up to the tablet and your computer to upload additional games and e-books that you must pay extra for in the learning lodge, but they're only about $2.99. There is a space for cartridges that are sold separately for around $20. The cartridges seem to be very similar to the games/e-books that we already use for our V.Reader and Mobigo. I would like the InnoTab much better if I could use my Mobigo or V.Reader cartridges for it. I don't want to purchase InnoTab cartridges that have the same or very similar content as the cartridges we already own for other Vtech products. You also have to purchase a separate SD card to load music and/or videos on. I haven't quite figured out how to do this and my husband will have to take a look when he gets some time. It also requires 4AA batteries, which isn't too bad, but we burn through batteries like crazy.  My kids don't play with it for long each day, but within 3-4 days, it needs to have the batteries replaced. I wish it came with an AC Adapter.  You can purchase one separately, but it won't charge the battery so that kids can use it when away from outlet plugs.

The InnoTab comes loaded with 2 games (Pinball Letters and Ice Escape), 1 book (What’s That Noise-same as the V.Reader), an art studio, coloring book, calendar, calculator, video player, mp3 player, photo viewer, notebook, clock, and a contacts app. So far the favorites are the art studio and coloring book-my kids love to draw. We haven't purchased any new apps yet, but we will soon. The photo viewer comes with a few random pictures of people and animals that you can't delete. I really wish that it had a camera on the InnoTab because my kids get a kick out of taking pictures of themselves. The size of the screen isn't too bad, but I really feel like it would be beneficial if it was about 2 inches larger. The screen tilts when you turn it so you can see it horizontal or vertical.

The InnoTab entertains my kids with the apps that are already on it, and as soon as I figure out how to load the music and videos into a file that the InnoTab recognizes, they are going to adore it even more. They love walking around with my Tablet dancing to music. Obviously, this is not an adult tablet, so you can't think that it will replace a "real" tablet that your kids are used to playing with. I don't like for my kids to play with mine when we're out in case they drop it, and the InnoTab has protective edges and is extremely light so that it is more indestructible. While I mentioned a few things that I feel would improve it, the InnoTab is a very fun toy and keeps kids entertained!

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This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or PR agency who supplied the product for review.

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Jan said...

I'm a reading teacher, and I wish each of my students had one of these. The interactive reading is fantastic!

Emily said...

I am SO excited to give this to my son for Christmas. I've had it since September...the suspense is killing me!

Anonymous said...

I so wish they would make a program to link to ipad apps I need a program where a child can type a word and the machine will say the word or words a sturdy pad like this would be wonderful if it would have a keyboard and speak

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wigget said...

i was hoping to get this for my son for christmas as well

Shelly Peterson said...

This looks like a nice gift for Christmas or Birthday. it's kind of too bad it can't be charged by using an ac adapter. Replacing batteries can get expensive.


Jennifer H said...

I know my son would love this!

Lloyd Family said...

thanks for the review. we are in debate on what to get our son for his birthday - the vtech innotab or the leapfrog leap pad

Anonymous said...

It sounds like VTech is really trying to step it up and be as close to a tablet as it can be. I think it's great that it functions as an e reader and includes an mp3 player which I think is a bonus. I agree it would be neat to have a little camera on it as well.

Amanda said...

I would love to see how this compares to the Leap Frog LeapPad (or whatever it is called!). Hint hint!!! LOL My dad gave dd one of the LeapFrog Explorers and she is loving it. So far we've only had to replace batteries once and she's played with it every day since Christmas...even most of the 9 hrs trip to and from my sister's. Have you looked into a rechargable battery pack for it? I know the LeapFrogs have them...they aren't cheap but I think it'll be made up in the batteries you don't have to buy!

Vanessa Coker said...

This is great. I was looking for an alternative to the LeapPad and I really like this. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My 3 year old son loves his Innotab. I bought 2sets of rechargeablebatteries. I was changing regular batteries daily. I just wish VTech would sell replacement stylus set here in the United States.

Terri said...

Vtech's InnoTab sounds great for my granddaughter to give her fun things to do on long drives or on rainy days. She would make good use of the Art Studio and Coloring book plus the eReader. She's a beginner reader and this would be educational for her.

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