I received an Innotab MAX from VTech for purposes of evaluation. Thoughts are my own.
It’s almost Christmastime! Have you started thinking about gift ideas for your family and loved ones?
I just recently received an Innotab MAX. It’s the fastest 7″ kids’ tablet that gives children the best of both learning worlds with a unique combination of VTech’s educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for years of learning fun. As I was using it (yep! I used my son’s tablet!), I kept thinking how my nieces and nephews would love to receive one for Christmas!
So here are 5 reasons why I think the Innotab MAX would be a great gift idea for the holidays!
1. The cover and handle
I think having a cover and handle is a big plus. Kids can get really rough when they’re playing and sometimes they (or at least, my kid) forget that tablets aren’t supposed to be stepped on or tossed around. So it helps to have a cover that protects the tablet and a handle that makes it easier for kids to hold and carry around.
2. It has a microSD card slot for expanding memory.
We can’t really settle for the usual 8 GB internal storage. With so many apps, music and videos that kids love to watch, the usual 8 GB will be full in no time — unless they just stream and not download. I prefer downloading though so that my son’s favorite music and videos will be available even when there’s no internet connection.
3. VTech has a huge library of expert-supported curricula with more than 650 age-appropriate apps.
The Innotab MAX comes with 18 pre-loaded apps including My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max and two free apps of your choice that can be downloaded from VTech’s Learning Lodge™. And when you register the InnoTab® MAX, you get to choose between two Toca Boca apps (Toca Lab or Toca Pet Doctor)!
You’ll of course need more apps, and that’s where the Learning Lodge comes in. The Learning Lodge includes hundreds of hand-picked Android learning apps that are perfect for kids of all ages. InnoTab® MAX is also compatible with most titles in the InnoTab Cartridge Library which you can buy online and in stores.
4. VTech Kid Connect
VTech Kid Connect™ app lets you exchange text and voice messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers with smart phones, and have a group chat. My son can’t really use the text feature yet but I imagine this feature would be awesome for older kids. The voice messaging feature is awesome for us though!
Coming this December 2014, there will also be the new Family Bulletin feature that allows family members to post messages, photos, greeting cards and more. An awesome way to bond with the whole family even when you’re not all at home!
5. You can finally get your own tablet or phone back!
This is probably the best reason for some parents! LOL! Some kids don’t realize that we need our tablets or phones more than they do. But now that they have their own tablet, they won’t have to take our gadgets from us anymore.
Any kid will love the VTech Innotab MAX!
These are but a few reasons to love the Innotab MAX and I’m sure you’ll find more reasons when you get one in the hands of your child or a loved one!
The Innotab MAX isn’t exactly perfect in the sense that it does take a few seconds for it to respond to some of my touches. Take note though that my only points of comparison are the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 — both full-featured tablets. But since this is marketed to kids, I don’t think it’s much of an issue. My son doesn’t seem to mind the lag so I guess it’s fine.
All in all, I’d say this is a great learning tablet for kids! It lets your kid have fun while learning!
WIN IT! One lucky reader will receive an Innotab MAX from VTech! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years and up. Ends November 21, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!