Smart Gifts: Learning Toys 2.0
Four popular educational devices all received upgrades for 2012. Here's how they stack up:
LeapPad 2: Front and back cameras mean double the photo fun, and 4GB of memory provides storage for more games.
Ages 3 to 9, LeapFrog, $99.99
InnoTab2: There's expanded memory storage for games, and the rotating camera makes it easy for kids to take photos of their families and themselves.
Ages 3 to 9, VTech,$79.99
LeapsterGS: Using its motion sensor, kids can put a little body language into their game play.
Ages 4 to 9, LeapFrog, $69.99
MobiGo2: Its new motion sensor enables kids to move on-screen players by tilting and turning; a microphone lets kids enjoy sound-activated games.
Ages 3 to 8, VTech, $59.99
For Tech-Loving Tweens: Starter Tablets
Not ready to let your kids loose on your $500 tablet? Two new options give you a way out. Both Techno Source's Kurio7 and Oregon Scientific's Meep boast 7-inch screens, preloaded games, online access, and colorful protective guards. We especially like Kurio's front and back cameras and the parental controls on both. Plus, Meep offers parental control access from any device with online capability, including smartphones.
Ages 6 and up, $149.99 each