VTech InnoTab 3 wants to be your kid's first tablet
The InnoTab 3 is the latest in the series of child-friendly tablets from VTech. Designed to be a portable and affordable introduction to tablet computing, it features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 2-megapixel rotating camera and 2 GB of onboard memory. As with many other kids tablets, the InnoTab 3 can also be used as an eBook reader, MP3 music player, photo viewer and video player.
While we recently saw the LeapPad Ultra from LeapFrog, which offers a larger screen and better tech than previous models, the InnoTab 3 does things differently. The screen size has shrunk from the InnoTab 2 it's replacing, down from 5 to 4.3 inches, making the device more compact and lightweight. The new model also lacks the wireless connectivity of the InnoTab 2S, which will remain on sale alongside it.
However, there are some notable changes and upgrades. A new design has seen the InnoTab 3 gain a D-pad control that can be used alongside the touchscreen and will give a better experience in some games and apps. The camera, which rotates 180 degrees so that it can shoot stills or video in both directions, has been boosted from 1.3 megapixels to 2 megapixels.
A new (more pointy) stylus should make writing on the screen easier, and the 2 GB of storage can be expanded by up to 32 GB via a micro SD card slot. While the InnoTab 3 can be powered by AA batteries, a new rechargeable battery pack is also available.
There are 15 apps pre-loaded on the InnoTab 3, including educational games, eBooks, music and videos. The Learning Lodge content library, which consists of 350 more downloads, and will increase to 600 by the end of the year, means parents can add more apps via a computer. They can also use the Learning Lodge software to track their child's progress.
The InnoTab 3 will sell for US$70 when it is released later this month. That makes it $10 cheaper than the InnoTab 2, and $30 cheaper than the 2S with its Wi-Fi and larger screen.
Here's a video from VTech introducing the InnoTab 3