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A Guide To The Vtech Innotab - A Childs Tablet Pc
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A Guide To The Vtech Innotab - A Childs Tablet Pc

This 'toy', which is aimed at the four to nine year old, is intended to provide a substitute for mum or dad’s tablet PC for the children. The touch screen device is attractively styled and comes at a good price, especially if accessed online through Amazon.

As a parent and computer user, I can tell you that it is certainly an impressive gadget and well worth the money you would invest in it. The Innotab, made by Vtech, was put on sale in September 2011, after having been really popular at this years New York Toy Fair. In fact it made such hit there, it was forecast to be one of the bestsellers for Christmas 2011.

Vtech have produced their innotab with a focus on education by entertaining with its interactivity, which is based on the use of various 'apps'. It can be compared with the other similar devices which are available, but it just about always wins out on price.

Just a little technical information: the color touch screen size is 5 inches and can be operated with actions like tapping, dragging or flicking. The graphics and sound are splendid and of good quality. It is sensitive to tilting, so can be viewed either vertically (portrait view) or horizontally (landscape view).

The onboard memory is a quite adequate 64 mb, but it is also fitted with a card slot, so making memory expansion possible, using SD cards. They also provide a USB cable, so that you can attach it to your PC, which allows for a number of possibilities.

Now some details about some of the learning apps. You get an e-reader, which provides for an interactive reading experience of e-books with narration. This means that a child can see and hear the words, with added amusement provided by the different character voices. Hearing and seeing the stories allows the kids to learn about words, while interacting with some of their favorite animated characters.

A really great idea provides the correct pronunciation of words, when they are touched on the screen. Another excellent feature is the story dictionary, which is included with each eBook, to help them with understanding the story.

As well as stories in ebooks, there are a number of games, as much music as any child could want, video, photographs, art studio, and coloring. The art studio is particularly good for younger kids, as they can draw using their finger, or use the stylus - which is also included. The unit cleverly offers a virtual coloring book, which any parent can tell you is an all time favorite with the younger children.

You might well wonder what any child needs an organizer for, but nowadays most parents are aware of the number of 'must dos' that are a part of the modern child’s life. So this can be used to schedule events and also help them to learn about addresses, email and telephone number storage, with the address book. The organizer also includes a clock and a calculator.

Just imagine, the innotab tablet could become as essential to a child as the filofax once was for yuppies!

Of course, downloads are possible, via the USB cable, from an internet connected PC and the additional games, available for purchase, are also reasonably priced.

There seem to be so many must-have items around these days, as the children constantly remind us. With regard to an innotab tablet pc, if it keeps their hands of my computers, then I have to agree.


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