Monday, October 14, 2013

V-Tech InnoTab 3S Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Last month was 'birthday' month at our house, and it just so happened a very neat review product arrived at our door just in time for the celebrations.  We received an InnoTab 3S from V-Tech.  As soon as the wrapping paper was pealed back, they were all begging to be the first reviewer :).


The InnoTab 3S is a tablet, geared towards children ages 3-9.  It comes packed with 20 different apps (like the My Magic Beanstalk like you can see in the photo), plus thanks to the VTech Learning Lodge, you can download tons of additional apps (they cost extra).  It also takes cartridges, so there is a ton of opportunity for expansion.

The InnoTab 3S allowed us to make a profile for each child so that they could progress through game apps without 'messing up' each other's games.  As we made a profile, each child chose an avatar or took a picture of themselves using the on-board camera.  That camera has become a favorite, taking pictures of all sorts of things and people (yes that includes me).  It is ALSO a video camera!!

Once your child is logged on, they can choose from apps that are 'on' the InnoTab 3S, or choose to play a cartridge game.  We received the Read, Play, Create cartridge that had games for the kids to play.  VTech sells other cartridges which you can switch out and add to the options.

The VTech Learning Lodge allows you to purchase apps, e-books, and even movies to use on the go.  You connect the InnoTab 3S via an USB port, and register for an account.  The InnoTab 3S comes with one free app download.  My goodness, finding ONE that everyone could agree on....  well actually it didn't happen, but I finally made an executive decision and downloaded a fire fighting game.  They all enjoyed it.  It was geared up to age 7, clearly too easy for my just turned 8 DD, and on the easy side for my 5 year old, but they did still enjoy it.  The apps can be purchased for 2.99 and up, which is very reasonable in the app world.  One feature I will be taking advantage of is the wish list maker.  That way, in the future I can buy apps that the kids ask for in advance.  They make a list and send it to me, and then I can chose from their list and buy apps.  Love it!

Another feature that we are still exploring are the Wi-Fi capabilities.  It came in very handy when I went to download our free app.  I chose the app on our Learning Lodge account, but when I turned on the tablet I realized the download hadn't completed.  I was thrilled when I realized that I could just connect to the Wii-Fi, download the game and let the kids go.  I have not allowed the kids to use the kid safe web-browsing capabilities yet.  Mainly because they haven't tired of the current features and I prefer to introduce things one at a time so they focus on one at a time :).

Of course, with any product that is electronic, it simply means it probably does tons more things that I haven't figured out...but, my kids probably have, lol!!

The InnoTab 3S runs on 2 rechargeable battery packs-and it's good they are rechargeable because it takes only about 2 hours for the battery to be recharged.  I know some kids would not use it that long, but with 4 kids, each getting a 1/2 hour play time...it only takes one play session before it's dead.  Now, that IS a blessing for us, because no one can beg for more playtime!

This great video shares some of the features in better detail, and explains a few that I am not yet an expert on:


Now, if you can't tell, we are really enjoying the V-Tech InnoTab 3S.  We already own a number of tablets that are geared at adults, but the kids hardly ever get to use them.  It is hard to turn your pricey electronic over to your four year old and say-here go have fun!!  And, even the one that we DID let the kids use, they managed to download all kinds of pricey apps and movies!!  So they quickly lost that privilege, too.


The InnoTab 3S is costs just $99.00, which is competitively priced for this market.  It is kid safe-all wrapped up in plastic.  It is easy for the kids to use-they can use their fingers or a stylus if that works better for them.  They can't order apps or movies-an adult has to do that. Best part, they have a ton of educational apps and games, so we are able to use this during school!!  I love allowing Mini Cooper to do electronic learning without having to turn my entire desktop over to her.  

Probably our only complaint?  That we don't have four of them and there is lots of patience having to be learned as the kids wait their turn to play!!

To BUY the InnoTab 3S on the V-Tech website or wherever V-Tech items are sold.  I would HIGHLY recommend getting the bundle that includes the rechargeable battery packs.  I am not sure it comes with all of them, and it was a feature I would not have wanted to go without.  We reviewed a blue and white model, but it also comes in pink!  

You can learn more about the InnoTab 3S by checking out the web-site, Twitter page, or Facebook.

I am also SUPER excited to get to share this InnoTab 3S with one of you!!!  Yes, thanks to the awesome folks at V-Tech, I get to giveaway an InnoTab 3S!!  Super cool, eh?  One less Christmas present to buy?  Yep!!  So, here's what you have to do.  I am using the Rafflecopter giveaway app to make this easier.  Lots of easy ways to enter, so find one that works and put your name in the hat.  This giveway ends this coming Sunday, October 20th, 2013, at midnight CST (US address only).  So, get your entries in, tell your friends, and be sure to check back and see if you won!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Good luck and God bless,
Lisa
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Disclosure:  Thanks to V-Tech and Coyne PR, we received the InnoTab 3S free in return for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are our own.

175 comments:

Elena wooff said...

Looks like fun! I would love to win this!

Gretta said...

Our son would love this!

Gretta said...

That it has a kid-safe WiFi connection!

Gretta said...

An Atari game system....that dates me doesn't it?! LOL

Dawn said...

My 3 would LOVE to own this.

The most technologically awesome gift I asked for and received as a kid was the original Atari with power pad.


And last comment- truly- I love that you can set up separate accounts for multiple kids.

Four Little Penguins said...

My 6 and 7 year olds. But my older kids would probably be begging for a turn as well!

Four Little Penguins said...

I wanted Lego soooo badly!!! And books, too.

Emilee Roberts said...

I have been wanting one for our kids, so I would definitely give it to our kids! :)

618mom said...

My 5 year old would love this!

618mom said...

My boy would love the camera. He would also really like the Cars 2 game

618mom said...

I always asked for a horse. Yeah never got it lol

Emilee Roberts said...

I learned that kids can exchange text and stickers! Pretty neat!

Emilee Roberts said...

When I was little I really wanted a big play set - like a kitchen set!

Rodney Jackson said...

oliver would love this

Rodney Jackson said...

i like the camera and that it connects with wifi

Rodney Jackson said...

I wanted a teddy ruxpin

~*April*~ said...

I would give this to my nephew for his birthday

~*April*~ said...

I love the ereader and camera

~*April*~ said...

I wanted bubble furniture for christmas... i wonder if they still make that.

Becca Howe said...

The website lists educational toys for every step of the child's development. And they will have fun while learning! Only don't tell my granddaughter that...

Becca Howe said...

Something that I remember wanting very badly as a kid was a Light Bright. I finally got it, and my baby sister colored on all the pages. I was devastated until my mom created some homemade ones!

Becca Howe said...

I have the most adorable 2 1/2 yr old grand baby. Her name is Peanut. She would love this! I would love to be able to give her something fun and educational that we both will enjoy!

Rebecca Parsons said...

I would give it to my granddaughter.

Rebecca Parsons said...

The rotating camera and the photo's have 55 effects that they can use their imagination on.

Rebecca Parsons said...

On my christmas list was usually barbies. I was obsessed over them.

Nicole said...

My 6year old would flip!

Nicole said...

My 6 year old would. Love this! I love that its a tablet with such a great screen size! I also remember wanting to find a game boy under the tree! How far electronics have come!

Liz Mooney said...

Would love this for my niece.

Liz Mooney said...

I would love this for my niece.

Tj and Amy said...

I will give this to my daughter. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

I love the e-reader my girls are learning how to read and they will love this. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

I always wanted a teddy roxbin when I was young. amypugmire@live.com

Homemom3 said...

this would go to my younger two kids if I won it. Eliza Ferree

Homemom3 said...

I love that it is safe for kids (wifi) and they can record their own stuff. Mine love that I blog and are now mimicking me by making their own newscasts as they call them. Eliza Ferree

Homemom3 said...

as a kid I always wanted my own computer or phone. Eliza Ferree

Jeannette Mills said...

I would give this to my older son for his birthday!! <3 he would love it! What a wonderful learning tool!

Jeannette Mills said...

Love that you can play videos and MP3s! Also love that it is equipped with a kid-safe browser, that only allows the child to browse pre-approved websites. I hadn't ever read into this before and I am glad you reviewed it! Looks really great!

Jeannette Mills said...

When I was a kid, my Christmas list usually consisted of dolls and play horses :) My boys are more into trucks and trains! ;)

Michele said...

This would go to our 6 year old son!

Beth Moore said...

I always wanted a barbie dream house

Priya said...

My daughter would love it..

Tabathia said...

I will give to my youngest daughter

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Cassandra Eastman said...

I would give this to my 4 year old son!

The Goodwin Family said...

I would give this to my daughter.

taralieb said...

I will give this to my niece

taralieb said...

I think it's cool that you can connect with smartphones from the InnoTab

taralieb said...

I think it's cool that you can connect with smartphones from the InnoTab

taralieb said...

The thing I remember most was a Super Nintendo

kellyr78 said...

I would give this to my 2 kids
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kellyr78 said...

A Pound Puppy was on my Christmas list when I was little.
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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I would give it to my son

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Something on my list as a child was a chocolate factory

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I like the 180 rotating camera and video recorder

Libby.Terrell said...

I would give it to my daughters!

RambleSAHM W. said...

My son Miles!

RambleSAHM W. said...

I love the safe wifi and that I can buy new games without going to the store!

RambleSAHM W. said...

A barbie dream house!

April G said...

I'd give this to my twins!

April G said...

I love the rechargeable battery and 180 degree camera!

April G said...

When I was little (and this shows just how old I am) I *really* wanted a Teddy Ruxpin! Hard to believe that was once the height of technological toys!

anna and matt said...

I would give this to my oldest daughter!

anna and matt said...

I like that you can create a mp3 playlist.

anna and matt said...

We didn't really do lists growing up, but I wanted an American Girl doll, Kirsten, SOOOOO badly!

MamaStace said...

I'd give this to my kids for Christmas!

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MamaStace said...

I think it's cool that they can interact and message me on my cellphone

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MamaStace said...

One year I had wanted a telescope for Christmas! I got one and then barely ever used it :/

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Wendy R said...

I remember barbies being on my xmas list!

Wendy R said...

I will give this to my son!

Wendy R said...

I love that it's also an e-reader and that it has kid safe wifi!!

Christine said...

I always wanted a clubhouse or a pony

Christine said...

I'd give this innotab to my toddler!

Christine said...

I love how it has a 180* rotating camera!

one frugal lady said...

I would love to win this for my son!
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one frugal lady said...

I love the built in camera!
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one frugal lady said...

I always wanted cabbage patch dolls growing up!
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jenmalonee said...

I would love to give this to my 6 year old son!!

Jennifer Marie

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Brianne Olim said...

This is great! I'd love to win this for Justice :)

Brianne Olim said...

This is great! I'd love to win this for J-Man :)

Holly S. said...

For my daughter, Emma.

Holly S. said...

My daughter would love the camera feature; she is such a little shutterbug!

Holly S. said...

I remember really wanting a Cabbage Patch kid, but not one that looked like me, one that looked how I wanted to look! I always wanted red hair and green eyes as a kid.

Holly Storm-Burge
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Cassandra Eastman said...

I think the Switch N Go Dino's are really cool!

Cassandra Eastman said...

The only thing I REALLY remember wanting was the first handheld gameboy! :)

Kris said...

I would give it to my son. His birthday is 12/20 and then we have christmas. So either HAPPY BIRTHDAY or MERRY CHRISTMAS =)

Kris said...

Having a separate account for kids is awesome! I baby sit and it would be great for letting them take turns!

Kris said...

I always wanted books growing up. I read a series called "Redwall" and I LOVED THEM ALL. I always asked for them. Luckily I could request them at my school library and eventually was able to read all of them

Paula Stewart said...

My grandchildren will get this.

Paula Stewart said...

I like the kid safe browsing that it offers.

Paula Stewart said...

I wanted a light bright when I was a kid.

jaymo said...

Great gift for my son!

jaymo said...

I love how the tablet has a camera!

jaymo said...

I always asked for transformers and GI Joes for Christmas!

Melanie said...

I would give this to my daughter for Christmas.

Melanie said...

I adore that it doesn't require batteries and can simply be charged.

Melanie said...

On my list was Cabbage Patch Kids. I might be dating myself here, lol.

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

a Teddy Roxbin

Rochel S said...

It would be for my 4 yr old son!

Rochel S said...

I love the camera feature on the 3S

Rochel S said...

I always wanted Barbie Dolls

Ashley Rexrode said...

I would give this to my daughter.

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Teresa Thompson said...

I would give it to my granddaughter.

Teresa Thompson said...

I like the •WonderCam with over 55 photo effects feature.

MARY DIEHL said...

I would be giving this to my 5 year old great nephew if i was to win it. thank you

Teresa Thompson said...

A Nintendo system was on my list.

MARY DIEHL said...

I like that it has the kid safe wifi connections and has a lot of apps. thank you

MARY DIEHL said...

not sure if I even had a Christmas list when I was young, came from a very large family and don't remember Christmases

Natalie F said...

My four year old niece!

Natalie F said...

I always wanted Alphie the robot and an American girl doll.

Jessica said...

I would give this to my daughter

Jessica said...

My Christmas list included an American Girl doll for years...and I never got one:(

Ngelica said...

to my 3 year old daughter

Courtney B said...

I always wanted barbies when I was a kid

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sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

I would give it to my daughter.

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

I think the apps and camera are great!

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

I wanted a trampoline!

sleepy headed mom said...

I would give it to our son.

sleepy headed mom said...

I think it's cool that you can send texts to the InnoTab 3S.

sleepy headed mom said...

When I was a kid I wanted a Gameboy for Christmas.

Alycia said...

My Christmas List when I was a kid included a Nintendo - I was the first kid on the block to get one! :)

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Alycia said...

If I win, I'll give this to my son for his birthday!

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Alycia said...

I think the kid safe wi-fi and parental controls are pretty cool!

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Courtney B said...

I love that theres a video camera!

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Courtney B said...

this would be for my daughter mila

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Laura said...

I will give this to my oldest (3 yrs) for Christmas!

Laura said...

I always wanted something Barbie when I was little. My sister got a Barbie Dreamhouse one Christmas!

Nikki Strong said...

This InnoTab would be for my youngest daughter.

Nikki Strong said...

I love that the InnoTab has a Wi-Fi Connection.

Nikki Strong said...

I wanted my own radio for years.

A Learning Journey said...

I would love to win this for a birthday or Christmas gift for my daughter Alyssa. She asked us for one this year - I can't believe there's a giveaway for one too. Thank you for the chance!

A Learning Journey said...

When I was a child I asked for a Barbie doll, baby dolls, and clothes. We didn't have a lot of money so I always needed clothes. Most of what I owned were very old hand-me-downs. I remember one year our names were placed on the Angel Tree . . . I received three Barbie dolls. Talk about one happy little girl. My best friend and I played with them for hours when she visited.

A Learning Journey said...

I love that it has WiFi capabilities. Children can also read ebooks with story dictionaries. My daughter LOVES reading so this is a plus for her. I also love the wonder cam, art studio, and play list feature. Thank you for the chance to win this as a gift for my daughter.

Thrift Schooling said...

I would give this to my three cildren to use in our homeschool!
Heather V

Thrift Schooling said...

I learned that the price is right! Only $99! Heather V

Thrift Schooling said...

I always was asking for Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kids!

jenmalonee said...

I think the wifi is neat!

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

jenmalonee said...

I always wanted a cabage patch doll when I was a good.

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

teachinmomma123 said...

I would like to keep this for my house so when my nieces and nephew visit, they can play with it. They stay for 2 weeks at a time every few months.

DEBIJOT said...

I would give this to my grandson.

DEBIJOT said...

Whwn I was a kid, I wanted a red bicycle.

DEBIJOT said...

I like the camera the best.

Amy D said...

I would give this to my son!
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Amy D said...

My little guy would like the kiddiezoom camera!

Maria Malaveci said...

For my son and daughter!

Amy D said...

Barbies! They were always on my list!

Maria Malaveci said...

For my son and daughter!

Maria Malaveci said...

So cool you can connect your smartphone!

Maria Malaveci said...

A cabbage patch doll!

LauraJJ said...

Oh I would give to my grandson!

LauraJJ said...

Oh my favorite feature is the E-reader! Carter loves to be read to, and he would love listening to Ebooks! So neat! Would be so great for car rides to the relatives too!

LauraJJ said...

Oh lets see...something on my Christmas list...so funny but I wanted a Ukulele one year! :)

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

This would be for my niece!

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

I love the camera feature and all the apps

Thomas Murphy said...

I would give it to my son.

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Thomas Murphy said...

I think the camera is cool.

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Thomas Murphy said...

I always wanted new video games when I was a kid.

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Sara Joy said...

I will give this to my son, but he'll think it's from Santa.

Sara Joy said...

I like it has kid safe browsing!

Sara Joy said...

I really wanted Clue one year! Still love that game!

BBPRODUCTREVIEWS said...

i would give this to my 7 year old daughter.

BBPRODUCTREVIEWS said...

I like that your kids can text another innotab or a family member with the app on their phone.

BBPRODUCTREVIEWS said...

Barbie dolls were always on my Christmas list when i was a kid.

Heavensangel2387 said...

I will give this to my twins for Christmas! :) Thank you
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Heavensangel2387 said...

I think that the camera and the fact that it connects to Smartphones via WIFI are really cool features of the Innotab!
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Heavensangel2387 said...

I wanted a doll house for Christmas! Although, I never got one! lol

Heavensangel2387 said...

I wanted a doll house for Christmas! Although, I never got one! lol

dawnmonroe83 said...

If I won my grandkids would have to share but they wouldnt mind.

Priya said...

I love that it runs on rechargeable battery packs...

Priya said...

I remember wanting a Barbie doll for one Christmas ....:-)

lisa neutel said...

I want to give this to my Besr friends special needs daughter,she's Gtube fed for hours in a day, this would be helpful for her long feeding times

lisa neutel said...

I love the camera option

lisa neutel said...

I want to give this to my Besr friends special needs daughter,she's Gtube fed for hours in a day, this would be helpful for her long feeding times

lisa neutel said...

One year I was desperate for a cabbage patch kid ...I got it but not for a year later

Stefany T said...

This would be for my girls. Thanks for the chance!

Stefany T said...

I like the safe web browsing. I would feel better to know my kids were browsing in a safe way because they want to do it so bad.

Stefany T said...

I remember a few things I wanted... a Cabbage Patch doll and these bears that were married. I don't remember what they were called but they were two teddy bears and one was in a tux and the other a wedding dress. :)