Are either of these useable with toddlers?
The Vtech InnoTab lists "age 3 and up".
The Leapfrog LeapPad Explorer lists "age 4 and up".
Any recommendations if one is better than the other?
You know...we couldn't decide either. So last week we went out and bought DD a Nabi at Toys R Us since they were on sale. http://www.nabitablet.com/ I think they are geared toward a 4 year old, but I downloaded all of the baby/Toddler apps from the Amazon app store that she used to play with on my phone and she's having a ball with it. My parents think we're crazy...but she really loves it. :) Talk about being plugged in to the modern world! She just turned 18 months old.
I'm happy I came across this post because I have been debating whether or not I should buy my 15 month old the Leap Pad. My family also thinks I'm crazy, but my daughter loves my phone and all of the baby apps that I have on it, but I'm worried she is going to ruin it one of these days. I'll look into the Nabi, I like cheaper. :)
We don't have either of those but my son (age 3) was given the Leapster Explorer (takes the same games and apps as the LeapPad Explorer) for Christmas.
I used to be SUPER anti-screen time/video games/etc for kids but it has truly made a huge difference in his fine motor skills. He doesn't play much or for long because he really doesn't have much of an attention span but the Mr Pencil Saves Doodleburg game really has helped him a lot- more than a year+ of paper and pencil work with me. I've noticed that he's much less frustrated with his paper and crayon art projects now that he can proficiently draw different types of lines and circles.
I do have a rule that he doesn't get the branded (such as Disney) games. We are still trying to stave off the brand-mania as long as possible!