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LeapPad 3 and Ultra XDi Kids Tablets are Better, Cheaper

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LeapFrog is rolling out their brand new kids tablets for the year. The LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi will both be hitting stores this year, and both feature a few technical upgrades from their predecessors.

The LeapPad has made its name by being a closed-off system, using only LeapFrog’s approved suite of software, ebooks, apps, and games. It’s a solid way to make sure that only kid-friendly content shows up on the tablet—needless to say, unfettered Internet access isn’t in the cards. The tablets also have large, rubberized grips that are easy to hold. Add in appreciable specs, and it amounts to one of the more successful lines of kids tablets in the short history of kids tablets.

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The LeapPad3 is LeapFrog’s smaller model, with a 5″ touch display. Wi-Fi connectivity returns, but again, web access is restricted by what LeapSearch, the LeapPad’s browser, allows. You’ll also find 4 GB of storage and 2.0 MP cameras on the front and back. The LeapPad Ultra XDi is the bigger brother. It has a 7″ display with 8 GB of storage, along with the same cameras on the front and back.

Both will have access to the LeapFrog Learning Library, where you’ll find all of the educational apps and games that have been curated by the LeapFrog team. The same approach guides LeapSearch, which is what kids will use to browse the Internet. Rather than filter out content, LeapFrog pre-selects content and organizes it by age group, eliminating the worry that web filters might miss something.

The LeapPad3 will be available for pre-order on July 16 for $100, and will be available in pink and green. It’ll hit stores sometime this August. The LeapPad Ultra XDi will also come in pink and green, and will sell for $130 when it hits stores this fall.