What It Is
You may be familiar with the InnoTab 3, and the InnoTab 3S adds wi-fi connectivity to enhance the play and learning experience. Kids can connect wirelessly to a web browser to visit pre-approved websites with kid-safe content. Parents can manage the sites that are on the approved list. Navigation to sites that have not been approved is prohibited.
Using the Kid Connect app and the wi-fi connection, kids can send and receive text messages and animated stickers from their InnoTab 3S to another or from their InnoTab 3S to a smartphone or tablet that has the VTech Kid Connect app installed. To send voice messages, photos, and drawings, you'll need to upgrade to the Premium Kid Connect app, which is a separate purchase (about $15).
Kids can also make a wish list of the downloadable apps they want from VTech's Learning Lodge library, and when Mom or Dad approve, the content is instantly downloaded over the wi-fi network.
In addition, the InnoTab 3S includes 20 apps, including an e-reader with story dictionary, Wonder Cam for creating funny photo effects, an art studio, an MP3 player, games, and more. It also comes with one Read, Play & Create cartridge. And, like all InnoTab products, parents can create an online account and track kids' progress through the Learning Lodge Navigator. The InnoTab 3S must be connected to a computer via the included USB cable to access this feature. Once you register through Learning Lodge, you'll also receive a free app download.
The InnoTab 3S features a 180-degree rotating camera and video recorder, a five-inch color touchscreen, two styluses, a built-in microphone, and a headphone jack. Kids can use the tablet's directional pad's up, down, right, and left arrows for gameplay. The InnoTab 3S allows you to create up to four user profiles. It has 4GB of on-board memory, but you can expand the memory up to 32GB with a micro SD card, which is sold separately. It includes a rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter.
The InnoTab 3S is available in blue and white or pink.
Is It Fun?
There's a lot of great age-appropriate content built into this sturdy tablet. The wi-fi connectivity and parent-controlled web browser let kids feel like grownups as they "surf" the kid-safe web. The Kid Connect app is also really cool, allowing kids to safely text with their friends or family members. Bottom line: this is an age-appropriate way for kids to have their own tablet device, just like Mom and Dad.
Who It’s For
The InnoTab 3S is for ages 3–9.
What To Be Aware Of
Using Kid Connect on the InnoTab 3S requires VTech to provide a data service. Service is free for one year from the date of registration. After that, VTech reserves the right to charge for continued use of the service.
The touchscreen needs a firm touch in order to respond to kids' commands, but kids will quickly get the hang of it.