VTech InnoTab 3 Plus Learning Tablet Review and Giveaway!

Still Living The Dream contributing writer, Tanya, and her son, Michael, are here today with a review of the new VTech InnoTab 3 Plus Learning Tablet. Check out what they thought and then be sure to enter to win one in our giveaway just in time for the holidays! Many thanks to VTech for providing Michael a complimentary product sample to review and for providing another Learning Tablet for one lucky Still Living the Dream reader to win!

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A few years ago, I bought my youngest boy, Michael, the VTech InnoTab for Christmas. The InnoTab was the “in” toy that year and to purchase the kid-friendly tablet, I had to resort to stalking the employees at Target as they restocked merchandise.

The gift was a hit! Michael loved the InnoTab- it was simple for him to use (he was 4 at the time) and intuitive. We purchased several games to go with it like Disney’s Cars and Toy Story 3. The big problem with the original InnoTab was that it required AA batteries. Michael played on the InnoTab so much that he went through the batteries faster than we had a chance to take out a small business loan and purchase them. 

Then Michael’s older brother, Henry, got a Kindle for his birthday. Michael wasn’t quite ready for a tablet of his own, but he REALLY, REALLY wanted to play with his brother’s ALL-THE-TIME. After the 1,000th fight over the darn Kindle I whispered a prayer to the toy gods- “if only there was something Michael could use that was more his age-level, that was durable, and rechargeable.” The wind floated the message down to me- the VTech InnoTab 3! Michael has had a blast using the InnoTab 3.

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Setting up the InnoTab was easy and straightforward. Michael took to it right away, he even created his user name “Mike”. Some of the best features are that it is rechargeable (available in the bundle option) and it is compatible with the cartridges we purchased with the original InnoTab. There are also games and apps that you can download when you connect the tablet to the computer.

This tablet offers access to more than 800 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate cartridges, software and apps that can be purchased and downloaded from VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, but Michael seemed to be perfectly content taking selfies!

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Michael’s favorite aspect of the InnoTab is the camera and video feature. It has an 180° rotating camera with over 55 special effects and video recorder to make movies. Kids can even import and listen to their own MP3s with the music player.

As for durability, it has been dropped multiple times and run over by a bicycle at least once and that was just day one! It seems to be durable enough to handle the abuse of young boys. 

The InnoTab 3 is a great gift for Christmas for the kid that really, really, wants a tablet but will crack a screen faster than you can shout- “Nooooooooo-“.  Although it is recommended for ages 3-9, because of  its contents, I think it is more suitable for kids aged 4-6. InnoTab 3 Plus comes with 12 apps and retails for $59.99.

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VTech InnoTab 3 Plus artwork by Michael! 

There is now a little more peace in the house with two boys having their own personal and age-appropriate tablets. And, Michael, well, he has ridden his bicycle off into the sunset yelling: “This is the best day ever!!!”  

Unedited video directed and produced by Michael on his VTech InnoTab 3 Plus!

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We were provided a InnoTab 3 Plus Learning Tablet from VTech for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Meet New Contributing Writer, Tanya!

Help me welcome a new contributing writer to Still Living The Dream…Tanya Avery. Tanya is a fabulously fun, smart and witty gal and talented writer. I’m proud to call her a friend and have talked about her often in my posts. She is my “true” and you are going to love her, too!

I’m so excited that Tanya will be sharing with us how she lives her dream through her travels and raising two, young boys. She went to Blogger Bash in NYC with me recently and we had a blast learning about new products and initiatives for kids and families and failing miserably at navigating mass transportation. We also stayed up way too late one night in Greenwich Village, but that’s another story entirely.

Welcome, Tanya!

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Who am I?

Tanya Avery

Where am I from?
Just a small-town (Texas) girl, livin’ in a lonely world.

What do I do?
Infuse culture and estrogen into the daily lives of my three guys (husband, TJ, and sons, Henry & Michael) Oh, and write some.

These are a few of my favorite things:

  1. Writing
  2. Running
  3. Reading books that make me cry
  4. Humor
  5. Going to concerts where I’m the oldest one in attendance
  6. Starting projects I can’t finish on Pinterest
  7. Traveling without kids

I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than….

  1. Watch golf on television
  2. Go to Chuck-E-Cheese’s

How do I know Jennifer?
We’ve been friends since our kids where in preschool together and have been cracking each other up for the last 8 years.

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