Disclosure: I was provided by VTech with an InnoTab 3S to help facilitate my review. VTech has also provided the additional information and the InnoTab 3S for the giveaway. All opinions are my own.
I wasn’t really sure what to make of the new InnoTab 3S. Mostly because my older two boys already own Kindles. We were hoping the InnoTab 3S would be a good substitute for our youngest son. He always wants to play whatever his big brothers are playing. But boy were we wrong! Instead of being a substitute it is a highly coveted prize all it’s own. The three of them fight over the darn thing. If one gets it, then next one is clambering on top of him to get at it. My fool proof plan was obviously NOT fool proof.
My boys have had a great time playing with the InnoTab 3S. They absolutely love the built in camera. Not only can they take photos but they can also take video. It is actually pretty darn cool. They have each been able to customize their logins with photos of themselves and even recorded their own greetings to themselves which play whenever they log in. I often find them making movies together. So that is a real nice upside – they are playing TOGETHER!!
The boys have browsed several other cartridges (it comes with one called Read, Play and Create) and are dying to get The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Power cartridge. Matthew swears Santa will be bringing it for Christmas this year. I think he is probably right. Shh, don’t tell anyone.
Lorenzo has really taken to the E-Reader option which will read books to him. He will play them over and over. And all three of them have enjoyed the Magic Beanstalk Game where you grow your own beanstalk by taking virtual care of it. There is also a game they refer to as the H2O game which teaches them about water and all the different properties of water, how it rains, etc. They love it. I haven’t looked at it, but they talk about it A LOT.
The InnoTab 3S also has a kids-safe wi-fi connection. I haven’t allowed the boys to use that feature yet, not because I don’t trust InnoTab 3S but more because they haven’t even gotten to it yet. They have been so engaged in the rest of the toy that we will open that feature up to them in the near future.
Lastly there is a very, very cool feature which allows kids to send their parents stickers and short messages, directly to their parent’s smart phones. I know that Lorenzo, our youngest, is just going to LOVE that feature. And once the other two boys get a hold of it my husband is going to get some darn cute messages while at work. This is a great way for the kids to feel like adults or older teens without the worry of what they could be exposed to with more traditional messaging apps.
I am very please with the InnoTab 3S and I know my boys are enjoying a quality electronic toy that has both education items and just plain fun activities too.
InnoTab 3S retails at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years old. Keep up with InnoTab 3S and VTech on their social media sites