VTech InnoTab Learning Tablet Review

With all the technology available, it’s no surprise that my three year old son knows how to navigate my phone better than I do.  I love that my children have the opportunity to use technology each and every day in ways that I didn’t when I was growing up.

vtech logoWe recently received the VTech InnoTab Learning Tablet for review and my children love having their own little tablet.  The InnoTab is designed for children ages 4 through 9 and like other tablets, it’s an all-in-one tablet that allows children to read, play, create and learn.

vtech innotabWhen we first received the InnoTab, I must admit that I was a little intimidated by it.  It looks similar to an iPad, just with a little more girth and protection from little hands and drops to the floor.  There are so many different activities to explore and discover, so it took me a little while to experience all the different aspects of the InnoTab.

Since I have multiple children, I like the capability of being able to personalize one profile for one my children.  When that particular child is playing, they simply touch their name and are taken to their personalized settings.  When someone else is playing, they can play as a guest.  Because I have three children, I would like to have the option of creating more than one personalized profile.

vtech innotabWhen you turn on the InnoTab, you end up on the home page.  On the home page, you will find all the different areas (icons) that you can explore on the InnoTab.  The InnoTab does feature a 5″ color touch screen, which makes it feel more “real” and not just a toy.  I did notice that sometimes the screen isn’t as sensitive as I think it should be, especially since it is designed for the little hands of children.  I’ve had better luck when using the stylus over using my fingers.

The VTech InnoTab comes with eight learning apps valued at $50.  It can act as an e-reader, calendar, calculator and much more, but it can also be a gaming device and a place for your child to explore their creative side by using the art studio and color & pop.  It comes preloaded with 12 applications but you can download other apps by connecting your InnoTab to the computer.

Like I mentioned earlier, the InnoTab is very similar to the iPad, which is very good for parents who want their iPads all to themselves.  But, since it is made for little children with clumsy hands, there are some differences.  The InnoTab is much thicker, a little heavier, and the little rubber bumpers help keep it safe from small falls.  But features like the home page, apps, touch screen and portrait and landscape viewing are what make my children feel like they are using something very similar to mommy’s.

vtech innotabThe InnoTab also features a stand, headphone jack, ac adapter jack and a USB port.  Since you can also buy cartridges for the InnoTab, there is also a cartridge slot.  In addition to the on/off button and home page button, there is also a volume up button, volume down button and button that controls the brightness of the screen.

My one big complaint with the InnoTab is the batteries.  The tablet goes through batteries quicker than I would like and I’m incredibly disappointed that an adapter does not come with it.  You can purchase one separately, but when you really think about it, how often are your children playing that close to an outlet.  It does require 4AA batteries, so my suggestion is to purchase two sets of 4AA rechargeable batteries so that there is always a set available.

Overall, the VTech InnoTab has been a hit around here.  The children have pretty much come to terms with having to touch the screen a couple of times to get it to do what they want and I’ve come to terms with not having an adapter and having to purchase rechargeable batteries.  The children love having their own tablet and I like having mine — all to myself.

Buy:

You can purchase the VTech InnoTab for the suggested retail price of $79.99.

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About Crystal

Crystal is Owner & Editor of Simply Being Mommy. She is a work-at-home mom and enjoys being wife and mommy. She loves family, travel, chocolate and Diet Coke.

Comments

  1. 1

    I really wanted one for my son. These look really neat!

  2. 2

    That was my biggest complaint with the InnoTab too, the batteries. I would like to see these kid’s electronics made with lithium rechargeable batteries. If they are trying to make a kids tablet like an adult’s one, this would be a great change. I also felt like the touch screen was as sensitive as it could be. Overall a fun tablet though, great review!

  3. 3

    My kids want one of these so badly. Great review!

  4. 4

    This looks like a great learning tool!

  5. 5

    This will be a great gift for my nieces birthday. Thanks.

  6. 6

    This looks cool!

  7. 7

    I do wish the batteries did last longer.

  8. 8

    We love the InnoTab. Zoe has played with it so much since we received ours. I noticed regular batteries die quickly. We purchased 4 high quality rechargeable batteries and we can go days without it dying. I love that I can check progress as well!

  9. 9

    No adapter? That would be difficult. I hope they release a tablet that comes with an adapter soon. The other thing I hope they improve is the size of the screen. It is small compared to our iPad….but then again the screen has to be small because the outside is so well protected from falls. Which is inevitable with kids :)

  10. 10

    I like that it has protection from bumps. Kids are always dropping stuff, but yes, the batteries would be a huge issue. I suspect they’ll make an improvement on the next version.

  11. 11

    This looks like a great way to get kids into using our technology. I’d certainly wish it came with an adapter too though.

  12. 12

    It sounds like a great product for kids…especially if it’s like an iPad.

  13. 13

    My kids would love that!

  14. 14

    Awesome!

  15. 15

    the tablet is pretty incredible I’ve seen the commercial on tv. One more thing to add to the kids Birthday list in March. I love that the games can be so educational but it does seem like everything sucks up batteries these days that’s why we do rechargeable s.

  16. 16

    My daughter would love it.

  17. 17

    I appreciate the candid review. My kids really want one!

  18. 18

    Sounds good! As for the battery life… this is a big complaint of mine regarding lots of products. :/

  19. 19

    I think these “Toy tablets” are such a cool idea! Thanks for the thorough review.

  20. 20
    carrie martinez says:

    I think the Innotab is great! This was a gift from mawmaw and my almost 3yr old loves it! He is so smart and this device has great learning capabilities, many learning tools and so much fun…A little on the expensive side, but soooo worth it. Will last a long time. Definitely worth the money

  21. 21

    We just got the Innotab too and love it! Such a wonderful toy! I like it when education and fun are paired and love it when the kids enjoy it too.

  22. 22

    I’ve wondered if my daughter would like this because she loves my iPad but being almost 7 wasn’t sure if she was too old or if they had games for her age. Great review.

  23. 23

    love tablets for kids. I dont like when they run off batteries though :/

  24. 24

    I love this! Great for gift giving!

  25. 25

    Great review!

  26. 26

    Great review. I want to get one of these for my kids. It is nice to know about the batteries ahead of time.

  27. 27

    Looks like a wonderful product!

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