Review: LeapFrog Epic

We’ve been fans of the Leapfrog ecosystem since the Explorer launched so spending a little time with two of the Leapfrog tablets came easy to us round here. Here’s what we loved about the LeapFrog Epic:

Built for little people
Taking the Epic out of its box, I was immediately struck by how rugged this little machine is. A silicon outer casing makes it feel durable, but not unwieldy, which makes it easy for little hands to hold. The small, 7-inch screen doesn’t compromise on quality though – it is just super simple for little hands to move around. The stylus is built for endurance, and I put that pen-like pointer through its paces on a number of applications.

Leapfrog Epic

WiFi and Web
The Epic runs on Android 4.4, delivering a fluid and fun user experience. Of course, LeapFrog’s approach to parental controls never fails to impress me. Using a central parental console, we can set up approved websites to visit, load content and all sorts of other excellent mechanisms. The parental controls are not inhibiting to the user at all, and I appreciate the level of thought put into creating these.

My Kid Says
Because gadget reviews are a family affair round here, and this is a made-for-kids machine, I asked my daughter for her insight into the LeapFrog Epic. She said:
“This is great for pre-schoolers and younger kids. I like how they thought about it being easy for little people to use, and the cover is so tough!”

Of course, LeapFrog’s commitment to education with a fun twist shines through with both the operating system and wide range of available applications. I also liked how TocoMail comes with the Epic, because it serves a great little introduction to using email for children. Oh, and do check out the customizable, interactive worlds that serve as wallpaper for this tablet – I loved making the time go faster and watching the sun go down!

Don’t forget:
To register for your Worry-Free Crack Screen Replacement – you’ll find details on the box!

You can pick up a LeapFrog Epic from Takealot for R1499. Thanks to Prima Interactive for sending us a LeapFrog Epic to review!


Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

Dennis Longstaff

Hi. Is it only possible to purchase APPS through the leapfrog site for the EPIC. it is all in US dollars?
is it possible to load Google Play and download APPS this way? Please help I have been struggling to load extra APPS.

Thank you

Cath Jenkin

Hey there Dennis, thanks for your comment. The Leapfrog Ecosystem is a closed one so, as far as I am aware, no, you’re not able to download apps via the Google Play store. You can get in touch with the local distributors for Leapfrog here, if you are experiencing issues:


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