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First Look: LeapFrog Text and Learn

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First Look: LeapFrog Text and Learn

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This "toy" BlackBerry is toddler-safe and educational.

[ music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi, I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com, and I'm here with the Leapfrog Text and Learn. The idea behind this device is that if you're tired of having your toddler handling your BlackBerry or other Smart Phone, an expensive Smart Phone, and potentially damaging it, you can give him or her the Text and Learn. And as you know, kids tend to mimic adults and their activities. And a lot of people spend a lot of time on their BlackBerries. So you can have your kid now pretend that they're using a BlackBerry. Some people call this the baby BlackBerry, but it's actually a bit larger than a BlackBerry, and it's also more durable. You can actually drop this on the ground. You can also spill some stuff on it. We don't recommend you spilling a lot of stuff on it, but you can spill some stuff on it. And unlike a BlackBerry, it should be able to survive some encounters with liquid. You can actually mount the device on a wall if you want; there are three keyhole slots on the back. And the device takes 3 AAA batteries. They're kind of sealed in the back of the unit. It takes a screwdriver to get them out. But that makes sure that your kid can't get to the batteries. Some of the features on it, for starters, your child can just hit one of the keys and learn how to at least sound out the alphabet. There's also a sort of virtual email program. Your child can send little emails to the puppy scout. And there are also some little games on the device that allows you child to learn about shapes and letters. There's also a calendar and a music feature, so this truly is trying to mimic a PDA. All in all we really liked the Text and Learn. One of the best things about it is it's relatively inexpensive. It's only $22. That's a whole lot cheaper than your BlackBerry or iPhone, and being able to keep that device out of your child's hands and also learn at the same time is all in all a good thing. I'm David Carnoy, and it's the Leap Frog Text and Learn. ^E00:02:00

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