VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Review and Giveaway

VTech InnoTab 3S Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

We love electronics in our house. The kids are constantly asking to use my phone (that’s a big NO, mostly because I’m selfish and don’t trust them not to break it) or they’re staring over John’s shoulder when he’s using his tablet. A couple weeks ago we got a VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet.

The VTech Innotab 3S Plus is a 5″ tablet recommended for ages 3 to 9, and it has an MSRP of $79.99.

VTech InnoTab 3S Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

I really think the VTech InnoTab 3S Plus is a great first tablet for kids. It seems pretty sturdy, with rubberized bumpers on the corners and a recessed screen, and easy to grip in small hands.

VTech InnoTab 3S Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

The screen display is colorful and easy to navigate, and the stylus is attached to the tablet with a string and has a slot to fit in the back when it’s not in use. You can create different profiles (so it’s perfect for siblings to share), or users can choose the “guest” profile.

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

One of the things I don’t love about electronic toys is the battery replacement. It seems like we never have the right size batteries, or I can’t find them, or the battery case requires several tools to open it. (I may be exaggerating just a bit…) Batteries are a pain. The InnoTabs 3S Plus comes with a rechargeable battery power pack so you don’t need to worry about replacing the batteries constantly and it saves money!

One of Dexter’s favorite things to do is take photographs, so I knew he’d like the 180° rotating camera. Not only can he take selfies or pictures of his brothers, but he can also use over 55 special effects to enhance his photos, and make movies with the video recorder.

The highlight of the VTech tablet for my kids is the VTech Premium Kid Connect. Kid Connect is an app that allows kids to exchange text messages, drawings, photos, and voice messages with family members on their iPhone or Android smartphones. I downloaded the (free) app to my Android phone and immediately received a deluge of messages from Cooper, followed by him yelling from the other room, “MOM! Send me email!”

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #sponAdding additional family members is pretty easy – I sent them an email invite through the app and then approve them as soon as they sign up.

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

It’s a lot of fun and the kids really love it. The VTech Premium Kid Connect is great for entertainment and communication, but it makes me feel a little safer, too. I like that the kids have a means of communication in addition to my cell phone should they ever need it.

The Kid Connect features will be enhanced later this fall to include a parent-controlled group chat and a fun multi-player game.

The InnoTab 3S Plus features Wi-Fi and it comes with 16 apps, including the Premium Kid Connect, the My Magic Beanstalk Game, and the Art Studio. It also offers access to more than 800 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate cartridges, software, and apps that you can purchase and download from VTech’s Learning Lodge app store.

Kids can even explore VTech and websites with kid-safe Wi-Fi. The InnoTab comes with VTech approves sites kids can access, but parents can also approve additional sites for kids to explore.

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

Overall, the kids can do pretty much anything I can do with my tablet – play games, read books, communicate with others, take photos, etc. They can even import and listen to their own MP3s with the music player. I love that they are learning while playing, and that they are safe from any inappropriate apps or sites.

VTech InnoTab 3S Review & Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

We did have one difficulty with our VTech InnoTab 3S Plus. Although we charged the tablet a few times without any problems, we started to have difficulty getting the battery pack to recharge. Our tablet will work without any problems when plugged in, but for on-the-go use we have to use regular batteries for now. Since we’ve always been very satisfied with VTech products we’ve purchased or received as gifts, I feel like this is probably just a fluke bad battery, and I’m pretty confident that VTech will help us to get a replacement if we can’t get it to work.

Want more information or to purchase a tablet? Visit the VTech InnoTab web page. You can also follow @VTechToys on Twitter and like the VTech Facebook Page.

Here’s the part I’m most excited about: one of you will win a VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet! Enter on the form below. The winner will be contacted by email and will have only 24 hours to respond to claim their prize. Winner must provide a mailing address in the United States; the prize can NOT be shipped to a P.O. Box.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Teal Pumpkin Project with Free Printable Pumpkin Sign

Food allergies are on the rise and Halloween can be a particularly difficult time for families of children with food allergies. To help families who are dealing with allergies, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging people to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Paint a pumpkin teal, or hang a sign with a…

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun for Little Ones – 2014

This post originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Spooky costumes and haunted houses aren’t for everyone, especially if you have young children. These events will allow you and your kids to enjoy dressing up and participating in autumn and Halloween activities without the fear. Brick-or-Treat at the Legoland Discovery Center Daily through October 31 Brick-or-Treat is an annual…

The Chicago Architecture Foundation Opens the Doors of Chicago

Chicago is famous for its architecture and houses many world-famous structures, and you can often find Chicagoans and tourists alike staring in awe as they walk the city streets. The outside and public areas of these buildings are often amazing, but a lot of the beauty and magic is hidden behind closed doors. This weekend, thanks…

Aquatic Experience – Chicago 2014 – Giveaway

Aquatic Experience will be in Chicago at the Schaumburg Convention Center November 7-9, 2014. Here’s a little information provided by Aquatic Experience: Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in our industry’s history to combine everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic reptiles, we’ll have it all. Consumers…

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2014

Halloween is too much fun for just one day, so here are plenty of fun activities and events in Chicago and the suburbs so you can enjoy Halloween for weeks. I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to check the information on the site and call before you…

KidStuff Coupon Books Giveaway

KidStuff is a coupon book created to raise money for daycares and schools, while saving families money. Schools (from preschool through high school, or even day care facilities) sell the KidStuff Coupon Book for $25, and they get to keep half of that. Sounds like a great deal! The books contain over 400 pages of coupons…

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

This post was written by me and originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Days at home with the kids can get a little monotonous and it’s fun to break it up with some outings to entertain the kids and yourself. In my experience, early fall is a kind of “sweet spot” for outings with young kids. Older…

Cooking Up Fun with Kidstir

I’m a sucker for fun mail and we got some recently – Kidstir sent us one of their monthly boxes, a hands-on kit to encourage cooking with kids and trying new foods. I opened our box and found two recipes, a binder with dividers to keep our recipes in, a shopping list, a kitchen artist…

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog LeapBand and CLIF Kids

LeapFrog, maker of some of our favorite educational toys, recognizes the importance of keeping kids fit and active. To encourage kids (and remind parents) to stay active, they declared a Fit Made Fun Day this September. We participated in the Fit Made Fun Day with LeapFrog Leapbands and lots of Clif Kids protein bars to…

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...