Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last Minute Gift Ideas -- VTech's InnoTab 2S (Review)

We just love VTech toys, so when I was recently selected to review the new VTech InnoTab 2S with my daughter, Savannah, we were over the moon with excitement, and couldn't wait for it to arrive.  She had circled this in the toy catalog and was hoping Santa would bring it. But, thanks to the folks at Mom Central Consulting and VTech, Christmas came early. :-)  Just a few days after Thanksgiving, Savannah received her new VTech InnoTab 2S in the mail, and before I could sit down and explain the different functions and modes with her, she was off and running.  Having picked up how to use tablets as a result of Daddy letting her use his iPad, I was finally happy to see her using a more age-appropriate tablet, which had better parental controls than the iPad.

Within minutes of giving the InnoTab 2S to Savannah, she was already taking photos with the built in webcam, which our older iPad version didn't so.  I was surprised at how quickly she was adapting to this new learning tablet, and how much fun she was having.  Here are a few photos I snapped of her lounging on her floor pillow, playing with her tablet:

As I look at these photos, I can see that our baby girl is growing up.  And, with growing up comes learning new things.  And, thanks to VTech, I know that she will have fun learning, as their educational toys are not only fun, but are a great way for little ones to grasp new concepts and learn new things.  If you are not familiar with the InnoTab, here are some of the features of this new tablet, which I am guessing is on a lot of childrens' holiday wish lists this year:

  • "VTech’s new InnoTab 2S (SRP: $99.99), features all of the same upgrades as the InnoTab 2 including a new rotatable camera and video recorder, plus a secure Wi-Fi connection to VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator for easy and secure downloading of games, e-books, music and more! VTech also launched a new educational program, VTech University, that kids can take part in by using their new InnoTab 2S or their InnoTab, InnoTab 2 or MobiGo 2 products.
  • "With 2GB onboard memory and expandable SD card slot available to accommodate SD cards up to 32GB, the InnoTab 2S will keep your child endlessly engaged.
  • More than 200 additional apps, including games, e-books and much more that teach kids reading, logic and creativity are available for download at the VTech Learning Lodge Navigator at"
  •        The new InnoTab 2S multi-media tablet features a 5” touch screen that keeps kids ages 3-9 entertained and engaged while they learn. "

When it came to setting up and registering this tablet, it was a breeze.  With step by step walk through prompts, I had her InnoTab connected to Wi-Fi and was downloading new apps for her tablet in a matter of minutes.  As a parent, my favorite features are the different user settings, along with the online Learning Center and VTech University, which can track your child's progress, while focusing on the fundamental ares of reading, math and science.  I am also loving all the fun and educational apps that you can download to your InnoTab 2S.  Most range in price from $2.99-$4.99, which is great, as I have spent $6.00 on other apps only to be disappointed with the educational factor, or hated that they took up too much memory on our other tablet.  With VTech's apps, I can choose apps that are age appropriate.  In addition to apps, you can also purchase cartidges with popular licensed characters, which will provide your children with hours of educational learning and fun.  We ended up picking up cartridges with  many of Savannah's favorite Disney characters like the princesses, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Cars and more. 

I am so glad to see Savannah enjoying her new VTech InnoTab 2S, and can see that she is learning a lot, while having fun.  Here is a quick video I took of her giggling as she was playing a game that was pre-loaded on the tablet.  For a good half hour, she couldn't stop laughing. :-)

So, if you are looking for a last minute gift to surprise your little one with this holiday season, why not check out the InnoTab 2S from VTech, which is available in two different colors as shown below?


You can order this and other VTech tablets directly from the VTech website - --, as well as purchase through online retailers like Amazon, and at your favorite local stores like Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, etc.  This new tablet retails for $99.99, but is well worth the money. :-)

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech and received a VTech InnoTab 2S to facilitate my review.

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