Like the other tablets Consumer Reports looked at, this one has a color touch screen and can connect to a personal computer to download things like new games or stories. And, like most of the others, it has a headphone jack and uses four AA batteries. The company says the device is for ages four through nine.
It includes a camera and a microphone for recording sounds.
"Whether doodling on photos taken with the built-in camera, creating a story about themselves in the Story Studio, or bringing their favorite characters to life with the Animation Studio, there is truly something for every child," Craig Hendrickson of LeapFrog Enterprises said in releasing the product this summer.
One parent-friendly feature: The LeapPad, through its Learning Path website, allows parents to track how kids play on the device.
Consumer Reports gave this tablet good points for ease of use and for being able to adjust to various levels of difficulty as children grow.
Be prepared to pay extra for games story-book or downloads. The device comes with just four applications to start with.
And be warned: The screens on most kids' tablets (this one included) probably won't seem as responsive to touch as, say, an iPad or an Android smartphone. "During our video shoot, we noticed the kids pounding on screens several times," Consumer Reports said in ins report. "It’s a good thing these devices are tough!"