LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition Review (LeapFrog)

LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition
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What It Is

The LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition is more epic than the Epic before it. It has all of the features from the previous LeapFrog Epic, which came out in 2015, but this version includes a free trial of LeapFrog Academy.

Just like the original Epic, this one has a seven-inch touchscreen, a built-in stylus, 16GB of memory with the option to expand to 32GB, front and rear 2MP cameras, Wi-Fi capability, and an Android 4.4-based operating system.

It also still has the customizable home page with different worlds for kids to customize and explore with digital stickers that allow kids to add moving characters and vehicles or change the weather. Kids can even change the time within each world and watch night fall. Plus, there are other fun surprises to discover as they swipe back and forth through the worlds and tap on different objects.

Kids also have easy access to their top six apps on the home page screen, but a quick tap on the arrow tab on the bottom of the screen gives kids access to all of their apps.

The tablet comes pre-loaded with more than 20 learning apps, games, and videos. One of those apps is the kid-safe web browser LeapSearch. It comes with several LeapFrog-approved websites that kids can visit, and parents can add in other websites, too. An open web browser is available to parents through the parent section, and parents must enter their passcode to access that section.

Another built-in app is LeapFrog Academy. This is actually a subscription-based learning program for ages 3 to 6 that can be played across a variety of platforms. The Epic Academy Edition comes with a free three-month trial of LeapFrog Academy. We really like LeapFrog Academy for a variety of reasons. Everything in the world is made out of paper and craft supplies, giving it a very cool maker vibe. And there's a lot of customization for kids' avatars. Plus, there are a lot of learning games and activities that are all tailored to a child's age and skill level. And parents have access to how their child is doing in the app and get ideas for learning play outside of the app.

But there are a lot more apps on the LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition, plus more to purchase through the LeapFrog Learning Library, and parents have the option to set time limits and restrict access to certain apps for each child using the tablet to cut down on too much screen time or too much time spent playing games and not enough time spent reading e-books, for instance. 

And the tablet comes with a removable bumper so that if younger kids are using it, it's protected from accidental drops, and it also makes it a little bit easier for them to hold. Without the bumper, it has a sleek, lightweight design that will surely appeal to the slightly older kids who want something that looks more like what mom and dad are using.

The LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition comes in pink or green. Each is sold separately.

Is It Fun?

If you're looking for an Android-based tablet for your child, then this one is a great option. It's a nice tablet that mimics the kind mom and dad use, but it offers an appealing interface and a lot of play value for kids right out of the box.

Who It’s For

The LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition is for ages 3 to 9. It's a great tablet option for young kids who want electronics just like mom and dad.

What To Be Aware Of

The tablet runs on a rechargeable lithium battery. It comes with a USB cable and an AC adapter for charging. LeapFrog says the battery can last up to seven hours from a full charge. This will depend on usage, though.

This tablet has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1024 x 600 pixel LCD resolution, and a micro SD card slot with expandable memory up to 32GB.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy